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3 Easy Ways to Make Walking More Challenging

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you need an easy way to exercise, walking is always a good idea. It's low impact, it's fun, and it can be done by almost anyone at almost any fitness level. But another reason why walking is so good is because you can adapt it easily. If you're ready to take your walking routine to the next level, take a look at these tips for increasing the difficulty and giving yourself a challenge.

Go Uphill

You might be surprised at how much more  difficult it becomes when you begin to go uphill. If you want it to be very difficult, you will want to walk up a steep incline. This could be a steep hill, or it could even be stairs. If you want to gradually make your walk more difficult, choose a slope that goes up very slowly. This is a great way to increase the calories that you burn and have your muscles work just a little bit harder with your normal walk.

Pick Up the Pace

If your walk is done at an incredibly slow pace, you're probably not doing very much for your body. While it will still be good to be moving, it'll be a lot better if you can pick up the pace a little bit. The faster you go, the harder your muscles work. The faster you go, the more calories you’ll burn. The faster you go, the more quickly walking will work to get your body in shape. This is a super easy way to make your workout harder. Just go faster, and you'll likely see an increase in difficulty as well as results.

Carry a Pack

If you want to do more than just walking, consider hiking. This will include filling a backpack with things such as snacks, water, and possible survival equipment. Since the pack will weigh a bit, it will be a harder workout. It'll be much akin to carrying weights on your back while working out. Give this method a try and you'll make your workout harder while still having fun.

Walking is a great way to exercise, and it's even better because it's so easily adaptable. Use these tips to make your walk a little bit harder when you're ready for a challenge. Doing so can increase your fitness level and get you closer to your health goals in no time.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Beaverton, Ore.

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