Moving Tips

How to get the most bang from your daily walk.

Walking the Walk

by Kelly Constant, Certified Personal Trainer

Walking is a great form of exercise to increase overall health and wellness. Just like with any form of exercise, however, intensity is a key factor in weight loss. It's useful to consider Perceived Rate of Exertion when you are exercising to lose weight. You should be able to speak, but unable to sing a song. Perspiration is also a key indicator of intensity, as is a detectable increase in your heart rate. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the way you feel when you are sitting and 10 being the way you feel when you sprint, you want to keep your intensity around a 7. If walking is not giving you the intensity you're looking for, there are a number of things you can try to ratchet up your workout.

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Make your workout your own—and have fun with it.

Short-Circuit Your Workout

by Kelly Constant, Certified Personal Trainer

If time is frequently an obstacle to your workouts, short-circuit that excuse and consider combining cardio and strength training exercises into a fabulously fast interval-training program. Not only will this workout get your heart rate going, it will be uniquely your own—and therefore more fun for you.

But “Weight,” There's More

This type of workout is particularly useful if your goal is weight loss, because moving quickly back and forth between high-intensity cardio intervals and lower-intensity strength intervals will keep your entire body engaged in calorie burning.

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