Kick Your Walking Routine Up a Notch
By Sara Butler
Walking is something most people do each day, so it may not seem like a legit form of exercise -- but it is! Walking regularly is a great way to get an aerobic workout that is low-impact. While you may have your routine down pat, you must continue to challenge yourself and kick your routine up a notch. Here are some ideas to help you accelerate your walking workout.
Tip No. 1: Add Some Light Weights
You should get a small pair of weights in the three to five-pound range. Carry the weights as you walk to help challenge your body. If you want to go a step further, pump your arms as you walk. The movement and extra weight can help burn more calories and tone up those arms!
Tip No. 2: Pump Your Arms Anyway
Even if you decide not to add weights right now, pumping your arms as you walk is a great way to intensify the exercise. This simple act can help increase exertion, but make sure to control the swing. If your movements are erratic and you’re unable to keep your elbows close to your body, then you may end up injuring yourself.
Tip No. 3: Add Some Sprints
Increase the speed of your walking workouts with some sprints. Map out your distance ahead of time and then determine where and for how long to kick it into high gear. A great example of this is if you walk around a track, make every fourth lap or so a sprint lap.
Tip No. 4: Seek Out Hills
Tougher terrain will definitely help you take your workout up a level. Look for hills to walk up, sand to walk on, or even stairs to climb. If you walk on a treadmill, periodically increase your incline. These small challenges help to increase your heart rate and makes you work harder.
Tip No. 5: Add-In Other Exercises
Don’t be afraid to add some strength training moves to your walking routine. You can easily add lunges or squats that will help you tone and achieve a more comprehensive workout.
Don’t shy away from walking. It’s great for your heart, your lungs, your joints, and your overall health. Just remember to challenge yourself to get all the benefits you can and continue to improve your overall health and wellness.
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