Many people believe that if they cannot run, they will not lose weight by walking alone. This is not even close to being true! With speed + distance, walking is a very effective weight loss, and general health activity. Walking totes the same benefits of running, with the added bonus of being low impact. Not to mention you can walk and talk more easily with a friend than running together!
To make a walk effective for fitness, (oppose to a leisurely stroll) try:
1. Walking fast
2. Walking far
3. Using your arms to "pump" with your steps. This increases the cardiovascular demand on the body and better circulates blood throughout the body.
Ideas for walking adventures:
1. Go on a day hike. I love to do these mini-day trips in conservation centres, ravines, parks or even by making it an urban hike, and discovering neighbourhoods in the city you have never come across before. Bring a camera!
2. Run errands on foot. This may be a little more time consuming but it's worth it to be able to get a workout in. If you did the walk separately, it would take a lot longer!
3. Walking on the treadmill at the gym or home is surprisingly challenging. Add an incline to the routine to rev up your calorie burn and overall fat loss.
Walking is a great way to improve your physique and overall health and fitness levels. Walking lowers stress, strengthens the heart, and tones the lower body.
Walk Into Fitness!
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