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Tips to Improve Your Walks

By Sara Butler

Walking is actually a really great workout. In fact, walking for 30 minutes per day can help you to improve your health, maintain a healthy body weight, and live longer too. It's a low-impact exercise that is gentle on joints and is a great way for exercise newbies to get into the workout groove. Here are a few tips to help you make your walking workout more effective and to stick with it no matter what else you've got going on.

Create a Goal

A daily step goal is a great idea to help you stay motivated whether you're new to walking or not. Plus, if you can add more steps into your day, the bigger the impact it can have on your overall health and wellness. Begin by aiming for about 10,000 steps per day, a goal that has been proven to help improve blood sugar and lower blood pressure.

Create a Plan

When you create a walking workout plan, then you can keep yourself from becoming bored and hold yourself accountable all at once. Work out a plan that helps you meet your specific goals such as burning calories or increasing stamina. Then execute the plan!

Pick Up the Pace

Research has shown that a brisk walk will help you to burn more calories. What does brisk mean? It means that you should take about 100 steps each minute. To figure out if you're meeting this goal, then count how many steps you can take in 15 seconds and then multiply that number by 4. The result will let you know whether you need to pick up the pace or not.

Challenge Yourself With Terrain

Walking the same boring path day in and day out can cause you to lose steam quickly. To help keep it interesting and challenge yourself, you should make sure to work in a few hills or stairs into your workout. Also, try out some new trails that are comprised of sand or dirt to help make things a bit more challenging. This will help your muscles work harder and burn more calories along the way. Mission Viejo has some hills, so use them.

Add Poles

Walking poles are great for mobility, posture, and balance when walking. Plus, they help you to engage your upper body in your workout to help increase calorie burn and build strength. Walking poles can also help you on tough terrain to take the pressure off the joints and help increase stamina.

You don't have to hike the Appalachian Trail to get the most from walking, you simply need to know a few tricks to help you take it up to another level!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission Viejo, Calif.

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