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Walk It Off!!!
Fitness walking is one of today's most popular exercises. It's a great way to reduce stress and shed
pounds. Walking is easy to do and easy to stick with.
Whether you're just starting out or are an experienced walker,
get expert advice to boost your workouts to the next level!
You might want to try intensifying your workouts with interval
training, where you alternate between fast and slower speeds or walk
at various inclines. Another walking tip is to keep your hipbones
facing forward and allow your upper body to swivel. This twisting
action happens at the waist, so keep your abdominals firm and you'll
feel the movement stretching your back. Focus on swinging your
arms back, parallel to the ground, with every step. This technique can
be helpful in eliminating the need to use hand weights.
Walking and running are both excellent ways to get an aerobic workout. Walking is ideal for people just starting to exercise and is easier on the joints. You can still get an energetic workout from walking, especially if you incorporate hills and stairs or carry light hand-weights during your walk.
You can progress to walk/jogging as you get stronger. Always
remember to wear supportive shoes made especially for the activity,
and to drink plenty of water throughout the walk.
Why Walk Fast?
Many people are happy walking at a comfortable, easy pace. While there are many health
benefits to walking easy, there are special benefits to picking up the pace.
1. More distance covered in the same time: Whether your walking workout is around
your neighborhood or on non-competitive 10K walks, you can save time walking faster while
still burning the calories. In today's busy world, this can mean you take your walk instead of
skipping it due to other commitments.
2. More calories burned over same distance: The racewalk technique uses more
muscles than easy walking, so you burn 1.5 - 2 times as many calories over the same distance.
3. Build and tone muscles: By using those muscles, you are building hungry muscles
which will burn more calories each day whether they are in use or not. Eat more, weigh less - a
food lover's dream. You also tone your muscles for a sleeker body shape - racewalking
exercises the glutes, thighs, hips, shoulders, upper back and abs. No, you aren't going to get
musclebound - racewalking stretches out the muscles for that great long, lean line.
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