Even though walking has some distinct benefits when it comes to health, many people are discouraged by how few calories you burn with this lower intensity exercise. For instance, one-half hour of walking may only help you get rid of 151 calories, whereas the same amount of time cycling can increase that amount to 243 calories, and one-half hour of jogging burns more than double, or 303 calories.
So, what can you do if you really enjoy walking, yet want to burn more calories while doing it? Here are five ideas to consider:
#1: Hit the Hills. If you live in an area where you can choose walking paths that are flat versus ones that have hills, taking the hilly routes will result in more calories being spent. If you walk on a treadmill, just adjust the incline so that you aren’t on a flat surface during your entire exercise session.
#2: Increase Your Speed. The faster you walk, the more calories you will burn, and the more fat you will lose. Therefore, if you tend to make your walking sessions more like strolls, pick up the pace a little and you will likely see better results.
#3: Move Your Upper Arms. Even though walking primarily works your lower body, there is no reason you can’t get your upper body involved in order to spike your metabolism. When walking, simply pump your arms forward and back and you’ll notice that you get a better workout.
#4: Carry Light Weights. Carrying light weights while you walk will build some muscle in your arms which increases calorie usage. One option is to carry a water bottle in each hand, that way you can replenish your water stores and reduce the weights as you walk and your arms become more fatigued.
#5: Listen to Music. Listening to your favorite music while walking will help pass the time, and it may even encourage you to walk longer. So throw in your ear buds and walk to the artists and bands that make you want to achieve great things.
Do one or more of these things and prepare to burn more calories in your walking workout.
What are some of your tricks for burning more calories while walking your way to fitness?