Power up Your Power Walk with Five Simple Tips
Want to burn up to 345 calories in an hour? A brisk, four-mph power walk will do the trick. Metabolic Research Center offers five tips for getting the most out of your power walk.
- Engage your core muscles: Done right, power walking works more than just your legs and glutes. It also works your core muscles, those in your back, pelvis and abdomen. Engage them by drawing your belly button toward your spine and leaning your torso slightly forward. It'll help to relieve some of the pressure off your feet and toes, reducing your risk of overuse injuries.
- Use your arms:Get your arms into the game by bending them at 90 degrees, relaxing your shoulders and moving your arms back and forth in opposition with your feet. You'll boost your calorie burn and tone your arms.
- Take it outside: Skip the treadmill at the gym and opt for the great outdoors instead. Research shows that walking outside can help reduce tension and fatigue and may even reduce your cortisol levels. Plus, walking uneven terrain works out more muscles than walking a flat surface, particularly in an area with a hilly landscape. Walking at an incline can boost muscle activity in your quadriceps, glutes and calves by a whopping 635 percent, lending real toning power.
- Change up your speeds: Research shows that walking at various speed intervals can burn more fat. Walk three minutes briskly, then three minutes at an easier pace and repeat throughout an hour-log walk.
- Push yourself: Aim for a 15-minute mile to get the most from your power walk.
For more weight loss-friendly nutrition and exercise tips, head to your nearest Metabolic Research Center. Call 800-501-8090 to talk with a weight loss counselor today.
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