5 Ways to Torch Calories while Walking

I’ll be the 1st to admit that running isn’t my thing. I’d choose to walk over running any day! Can anyone relate?

Now don’t get me wrong; I run from time to time if I’m in the mood or if I’m short on time, but walking is my jam! I love to listen to R&B music, take in the nature around me, and let me imagination flow.

Walking doesn’t have to equal boring and it’s also a great workout that requires no machines or gym. Even at low intensity, brisk walking can burn up to 200 calories in just 30 minutes!

I like to torch calories and get in a nice sweat with EVERY workout, so read on to learn 5 Ways to Torch Calories while Walking.

  1. Increase your Speed

As with any workout, the higher the intensity, the greater the caloric burn. If you have a fitness tracker, track how many calories you burn during your normal walk and then work on increasing that number. Don’t worry if you don’t have a tracker, just walk briskly. Your heart rate will increase and you’ll be sweating in no time!

2. Take the Hills

Walking uphill is a great way to boost your walks and the hills don’t have to be steep! It’s a full body workout that will have your calves, thighs and glutes burning afterwards! If you have lower body joint pain, walking uphill is a great alternative to running. If you’re in the gym, increase the incline for a similar effect.

3. Maximize your Steps

The more you move, the better. Creating a step goal will give you a daily reminder to get moving, especially when you don’t have time to go to the gym. Walking around during breaks, parking further away from stores and taking the stairs add up. Start with a goal of 8,000 steps per day and increase as you see fit. The goal is to challenge your body. If you work in a sedentary job, walking a great way to wake up your joints.

4. Add Strength

There are different ways that you can add strength to your walks. The easiest way is by using your own body weight and performing your exercise of choice, whether it’s pushups, lunges, or squats. After every 15 minutes or so of walking, do 5 reps of each exercise, then get back to walking and keep that going until your finish your workout. Another way to add strength is by using ankle and/or arm weights.

5. Make it a Friendly Competition

Walking with someone is a great way to get in your cardio and converse with your coworker or friends. If you’re a Fitbit user, you can join daily or weekly challenges for the most steps taken. I can attest that being in those challenges get me moving and increase my competitive spirit. I might not win all the time, but I know that those challenges get me inspired to move!

Now that you have the tools, which will you put to use first? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to like/share this post to share the wealth!

Until next time,

Shantel