Walking is the perfect form of stress relief. Putting headphones in and walking around a city park, down a bike trail or along the beach will allow you to clear your head while exercising your body. Even walking around the office can help you de-stress.
There is plenty of research that demonstrates how, no matter how difficult the task, our minds begin to deteriorate after consecutive hours of hard work. It’s important to step away from our work so as to engage the creative power of our subconscious mind.
Know your heart-rate training range.
You get the most out of your cardio workout when your heart is in your own personal “training range,” which determines how hard you should work for light, moderate, and high-intensity levels.
Here are some tips for a better walking workout!
Think short, quick steps.
That’s the key to a faster pace, and the faster you walk, the more calories you burn.
Land on your heels
Focus on keeping your toes up as you land, and then smoothly roll from your heel to toe.
Switch up your surfaces.
Try a dirt trail one day, a road the next, a treadmill on rainy days, and maybe even a rubberized track.
Enlist a buddy.
The best way to improve any workout is having someone accountable for your effort.
Add short intervals of jogging or faster walking
Adding stairs and inclines into your walking route builds bone density in your hips and firms up your glutes.