Walking Routine

by Bea | October 9th, 2012 | Cardio, Walking

There are many basics to getting a cardio workout through walking. One of the most effective ways to do this is to get your heart rate up for a good period amount of time. However, in general, every step that you take is going to burn some calories. To get better results, add in hills, intervals, and sculpting moves. It would be worth your while to get an exercise band or tube as well as a good pair of walking sneakers.

When you are trying to burn fat, a steady, sustained walk is your best bet. You should go for a speed in which you are hustling, but able to speak in sentences. Your pace should be somewhere between a 13 and 17 minute mile. Get to your time goal! For most people, you will burn about 200 calories just by walking at a good pace for 45 minutes.

Interval walks will help you bump up your pace by a little bit and get a better calorie burn in. You will get an even better cardio workout if you bring in interval workouts. To do this, warm up at your regular pace for 6 minutes, walk as fast as you can for a minute, and then go back to your regular pace for 2 minutes. Keep repeating this pattern until you reach the workout time you set for yourself.

Hills will help you sculpt your legs and butt while burning calories. In fact, your effectiveness will be at least double the amount that you would have done had you only done a switch 17 minute mile. If you are on a treadmill, you should set your treadmill to a 4-6 percent incline. Walk uphill for 2 minutes, recover for 2 minutes, and then get right back to that percent incline! Again, be sure to set goals and obtain them!

There are many ways to combine all of these different types of workouts to create an effective plan for you. All you have to do is set up a plan for yourself and stick to it. Be sure to set some realistic goals that you have to work for.

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