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MLEHTO SparkPoints: (60,672)
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12/1/13 6:56 P

Intervals are good. Adding weight with a backpack is also good. You might also try taking your walk out into the wilderness and turning your walk into a hike.

ANGELZBABE100 Posts: 63
12/1/13 6:45 P

I agree with everyone already. Walk faster, incorporate intervals (fast walk, normal walk, etc), add jogging into the mix (normal walk, fast walk, light jog, etc). walk up and down stairs. I have seen people carrying around small hand weights or wearing weighted vests. I have also seen people doing something interesting. They walk backwards! I saw them and was like "wth?!" They say it's a good change of pace from walking forward and activates some muscles you wouldn't if you were only going forward. I have seen backwards running as well.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,490
12/1/13 6:19 P

I agree with Zorbs - just walking faster is the simplest way to add challenge to walking.

Next probably comes adding some hills to your route.

Finally, carry some additional weight in a backpack or weight vest (please no hand or ankle weights, as they stress the joints in ways they are not meant to be stressed).

Once you have maxed out all three of these, you may want to consider transitioning to running through a Couch to 5K program. These programs work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=598


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HARPIE Posts: 279
12/1/13 4:03 P

I feel that intervals are the best way to get the most aerobic and calorie -burning benefit from a walking session.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (147,551)
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12/1/13 3:53 P

How about Nordic Walking Poles ? that's a great way to keep your walks interesting as well as increase your calorie burn.



FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (28,589)
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12/1/13 3:51 P

1) Intervals (walk for a few minutes then jog/run for a few minutes)
a) www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1221

2) Run a mile
a) http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes
s_articles.asp?id=1004
3) Cross train - ride a bike; rowing machine (use one at a gym or get one for use at home); elliptical; swim

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (113,507)
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12/1/13 1:48 P

Add resistance with heavy objects in a backpack, add hills, add intervals of faster walking/running.

BROOKESMOMMY90 SparkPoints: (842)
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12/1/13 1:28 P

I need ideas on how to challenge me more when I'm walking

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