It used to be that you just walked from your desk to the watercooler or to and from the subway (or your car) before and after work. But thanks to activity trackers, more and more people are motivated to not only count their daily steps, but to make their steps count.
You may now find yourself using your lunch break for a quick stroll around the block or walking to and from your favorite coffee shop. All those steps add up! But if you want to maximize both your daily steps and your walking workouts, all while burning more calories in the process, keep reading.
Simply put: Walking is easy and accessible. Walking requires no special skills or equipment, and that make it one of the simplest forms of physical activity that won’t cause added stress on your joints or bones.
Also, walking briskly allows you to enjoy many of the benefits offered by other more strenuous physical activities, including improved mood, boosted energy and weight management. And who doesn't want that?
Burn More Calories
Even at a relatively low intensity, brisk walking can burn 120 to 200 calories in just 30 minutes. But how can you increase the calories you burn while walking? Here are a few options that increase muscular strength as well as taking your cardio workout up a notch.
Maximize Your Steps
Fitness trackers are great for two main things: They give you both a high-level and in-depth look at your activity. That means you can see your both day-to-day step counts as well as see trends emerge over a long period of time, making them the easiest way to see your habits in action.
But if your tracker has been sitting in the box since you got it, try some of these options to get the most out of your tracker.
Try It Yourself!
Ready to burn some extra calories? Kyle Golden, a certified fitness trainer and founder of Work It Personal Training in Austin, Texas, has developed two walking workouts — both indoor and outdoor — that you can make a part of your weekly routine.
Both workouts only take 30 minutes, making them perfect for your lunch hour or as a way to wind down after a long day at work. Just make sure to stretch afterward!
What Do YOU Think?
Do you walk for fun, fitness or transportation? Do you wear a fitness tracker? How many steps do you take on an average day? Have you ever tried any of these tips before? Will you give any of them a shot? How else do you keep your walking workouts from getting stale? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!