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Did you honestly think that only runners and gym freaks could lose weight? No! If you enjoy walking, you can do it too! Here we show you how.
Did you know you can burn the same number of calories walking tan running? If you walk about seven kilometers per hour for about 42 minutes, you can burn as many calories as a runner. Moreover, you will also improve your overall health. The faster you walk the less risk of life-threatening health problems you will have. Here are some tips to improve your speed and increase calorie burn.
1. Stand up and stretch
When you stretch your spine, you gain distance between your hips and your rib cage, allowing your legs to swing more freely than when you drop weight on your pelvis.
2. Look ahead
Keep your visual field in a straight line with your gaze about twenty feet ahead rather than looking down at your feet. Roll your shoulders back and down to help open your chest and disarm your back so you can breathe deeply.
3. Swing your arms faster
Bend your arms 90 degrees as you swing them back and forth. Avoid moving them on your body or flapping them to the sides. This can interfere with your stride and cause you to lose energy quickly. Swinging your arms will help you move your upper body and core to help you move more efficiently and walk faster.
4. Shorter steps
When the front leg goes too far, it acts as a brake. With shorter, faster steps, your footfalls almost under you, so you need to move more. Bring one knee up to hip height so that your foot hangs just below it as if you were marching. Then extend your leg in front of you and lower your heel to the ground. You should be a few inches from your other foot
5. Do speed intervals
Alternating between short but quick bursts of exercise with slower-paced intervals will not only help you increase the speed of your walk, but it can also help you burn more calories, even after you've finished exercising. A faster walking pace reduces the risk of health problems, especially the heart and respiratory diseases.
6. Compete against yourself (or others)
Count the number of steps you take during your quick intervals and try to beat it in later workouts. If you're walking with a friend, ask them to keep track of their numbers and compare them at the end of the workout. This will motivate you to increase your speed and improve your endurance.