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3 Tips to Burn MORE Calories When Walking

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Arm yourself. As you walk, focus on swinging each arm forward along with the SAME LEG THAT IS STEPPING. This goes against how we normally walk (left arm moves back as right leg moves forward). Instead of the usual, try bringing your left arm forward at the same time as your left leg takes a step. It will take a little getting used to keeping your limbs in synch this way, but the payoff is that you'll BURN 26% MORE CALORIES, according to a recent study by the University of Michigan. A normal 3 mile walk that would burn 211 calories per hour will now take off 266. "

"Step it up. You can BURN up to 64% MORE CALORIES by adding an incline to your walk. Even just a slight increase in steepness will do the trick. Your legs and butt feel the difference as you work off more calories at a faster pace. When your muscles work harder, they will burn more calories and in turn, tone up faster." (Freelady's comment: If you're taking a walk and then coming back home, try to go uphill both ways.) emoticon

"Walk the road less travelled. If you normally walk on sidewalks, pavement or even the treadmill, try taking your walks on a ROUGHER PATH, such as an uneven trail, through a meadow or even on sand. This will make it more of a CHALLENGE TO STAY BALANCED, which translates to MELTING up to 82% MORE CALORIES. That's no small change and will be well worth the adventure of finding new & exciting places to walk." (Freelady says, you better wear cotton workout pants & cotton socks, to absorb all that fat melting off!) emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RUNNINGOMA 2/13/2013 3:43AM

    Hmmm, very interesting. I will have to try these.

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WATERMELLEN 2/12/2013 7:54PM

    Very interesting. I certainly have noticed the sharply increased calorie burn with treadmill on the incline!

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EMERALDIVER 2/12/2013 7:19PM

    Thanks for the info! I found a workout here on SP for the treadmill that has several different inclines and speeds incorporated into the workout. It was a nice change from just running outside and will be trying it again soon. (raining outside for 3 days now... )

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XXMILAXX 2/12/2013 7:10PM

    I always walk on different inclines when on the treadmill! Trying to sync my arms and legs is not working! Lol thanks for the tip!!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/12/2013 7:04PM

    Good info! Thanks.

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LITTLEDEBI 2/12/2013 3:38PM

    emoticon for the tips!

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VISUALLYRICS 2/12/2013 3:36PM

    So True! I find those hills to be a great source of challenge! emoticon

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CAMEOSUN 2/12/2013 2:42PM

    emoticon Those are Great tips !

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KMM1123 2/12/2013 2:16PM

    Nice tips! I think I'll try upping the incline on tonights treadmill date.

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    Thanks for the tips. SP is such a great community to share and learn!


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