Stepping Outside the “Walk”

by Bea | March 28th, 2011 | Walking

We all know that walking can get you places. Walking can get you from point A to point B, but it can also get you in shape and feeling healthier and happier. Once you have “mastered” the art of plain walking, you can start to make some variations and alterations. That’s right, stop doing the same old loop you have been doing for weeks and try something new.

To add more “punch” to your walk, try adding in some other exercises. There are some that you can do outside of your walk, such as power punches, leg lifts, push-ups, crunches, and more, but there are also exercises that you can incorporate right into your walk.

One easy way to do this is to perform dynamic stretches as you walk. This would include doing things like high knees, butt kicks, or kicking your leg out in front of you and touching your hand to your toes. To build strength, try doing some deep lunges, with or without weights. To build strength in your arms, I would suggest sticking one arm out and slowly move it in large circles as you continue to walk forwards. After that, switch to the left arm. Switch back and forth between the arms at least 10 times, and then repeat the exercise while making circles in the opposite direction than you just had done.

You might be thinking to yourself, “But I’ll look like crazy!” Don’t worry, there are other options out there for you.

One of the best disguised walk-workouts are stairs. The key is to find a walking route that includes various sets of stairs. If you don’t mind going up and down the same set of stairs for a period of time, then that is okay too. Should you really want a challenge, I dare you to go up and down every section in the Harvard University football stadium, up to Montmartre  in Paris, or Mont Royal in Montreal.

There are many variations of stair workouts. You can go up two steps at a time, go up the stairs as quickly as possible, jog the stairs, just go up, and more. You can use your arms, but the best work out is to clasp your hands behind your back so that they don’t help. The next step in this method is to lean forward slightly with a straight back and go up.

Good luck!

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