Challenge yourself by interval walking. It isn’t difficult and can help you burn more calories. With interval training you alternate between bursts of fast, intense walking and then switching to slower and less-intense movement, which lets your body to recover. Doing interval walking for as little as 20 minutes every other day can shift your metabolism into high gear so that burn more calories and fat in less time than if you were working out at one pace. Another bonus is that with interval training, the higher the intensity, the longer the after burn meaning you will continue to burn more calories and fat after you stop exercising!
- Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your interval training.
- Wear shoes that will give you proper support, Skip the cotton socks and choose synthetic athletic socks instead; these wick away moisture and keep your feet blister-free and dry.
- Start with a short walk at a slow or moderate. This will let your muscles to warm up before you start doing your intervals.
- Maintain good posture while you’re walking. and tighten your core while keeping your chest lifted and your chin parallel to the ground.
- With each step, strike the ground from heel to toe. This strengthens your buttocks and hamstrings (the backs of your legs) as you walk.
- Wear a watch or use your pedometer to keep track of time so that you can keep track of the number of intervals you walk per session.
- Remember it’s not all or nothing. Do what you can then gradually increase your periods of intensity and total distance.
Come on – challenge yourself – if you do, you’ll double your results. If you’re not quite ready to do the higher-intensity interval walking at least get out and out 15 to 20 minutes a day. Something is better than nothing to get you started.