Master the proper walking technique and you can burn more calories, increase endurance and improve your muscle tone. Joe Decker, the world’s fittest man, shows you how.
Learning to walk? Sounds like lessons for a baby. But master the right techniques and walking can be great exercise for adults. It takes some time, but with practice you will find that you get a better workout if you walk correctly.
First off, be sure to walk heel to toe with shorter strides. Those are easier on the joints.
Swinging your arms will give you a better aerobic workout as well. Walk briskly, as if you were late for an appointment. Breathe freely as you move, but not so fast that you can’t talk.
When it comes to speed, use the talk test. You should be able to walk and talk at the same time. It’s okay to be a little winded, but if you’re having trouble catching your breath it’s time to slow down.
And don’t hide from a challenge. Hills help push your leg muscles even more. And adding a weight belt to the mix will make the workout even harder.
If you want to firm the upper body and arms more, try some hand weights.
Ideally, you should aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week.
If your schedule is tight you can accrue those 30 minutes in 10-minute sessions throughout the day.
Whatever it takes, just keep walking the walk.