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Walking dos and don'ts: Real ways to lose weight walking
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by: Sarka-Jonae Miller
Tags: walking, exercise, weight loss Walking is one the most preferred ways to lose weight and stay in shape. It's natural, it's free, and it's effective. Some people try to enhance their walking workouts with exercise accessories and following certain guidelines. There are ways to boost your walking workouts so that you burn more calories, but there are definitely tricks you shouldn't try. Learn safe methods to get the most of your workouts with this list of dos and don'ts. Don't use dumbbells Back in the 80s everyone had crazy clothes and insane ideas about exercise. A common thing to see in an aerobics class or on the streets were people swinging dumbbells around or wearing ankle weights in hopes to burn more calories. It didn't matter how uncomfortable or silly they looked, uncomfortable and silly were the status quo in the 80s. Music and movies from the 80s thankfully survived the test of time, but unfortunately so did some exercise ideas. Research shows that walking with one-pound dumbbells in your hands does nothing for the overall calories burned in a workout. A study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness in 2002 found that women swinging around three-pound dumbbells and 1.5-pound ankle weights during an aerobic workout burned no more calories than the women doing the same workout without the extras. You might think that the solution is to hold heavier weights while engaging in cardio. Although you may see a miniscule increase in overall calories used, the potential damage to your shoulders and elbows from the strain of holding 5-pound or heavier weights makes it not worth it. Your knees and hips are strained when you walk with ankle weights. Bottom line: Ditch the dumbbells during cardio Do use walking poles Although hand weights are a bad idea, holding walking poles does make walking more effective for burning calories. Walking poles work your upper body, improve your balance, and cause you to burn between 20 and 45 percent more calories . Bottom line: Walking poles look a little silly, but the short time you use them during workouts will improve how you look the rest of the time. Do ditch the sidewalk and hit the trails Free yourself from the concrete jungle and hit the trails, hiking trails that is. Walking on a trail challenges your balance, which ups your overall calories by up to 82 percent. Bottom line: Trail walking burns almost double the amount of calories as walking on pavement. Don't walk slowly thinking you'll burn more fat People still believe that walking slower leads to fat loss because the body uses more calories from fat when at rest. The problem is that pounds of fat are made up of calories, so losing weight is really a numbers game. The more calories you burn, the more fat you lose. Therefore, pick up the pace. Brisk walking at 3 to 4 mph gets you into a moderate intensity workout zone, which is the minimum for a decent workout not only to lose weight but to increase cardiovascular fitness. Walking at 4.7 mph burns as many calories as jogging. Bottom line: Walking as quickly as you can gets you to your weight loss goal faster than strolling at a pleasant pace. Sources for this article include: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11832877 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com http://www.fitnessmagazine.com About the author: Sarka-Jonae Miller is a personal trainer, massage therapist, novelist, and blogger. Get more health and wellness tips on Sarka's Natural Healing Tips blog , Facebook page , or Twitter . Sarka's debut novel, "Between Boyfriends," recently appeared on three Amazon best seller lists, including Comic Fiction, Humorous Fiction, and Women's Fiction. It peaked at #3 on the first two lists. The novel is available on Amazon worldwide . This is the second time in two months "Between Boyfriends" appeared in the top 10. East County Magazine calls it the "ultimate chick-lit read." The Rancho Santa Fe Review newspaper says, "Over the course of the book, Jan, who is in her early 20s, begins to grow as a person and even strikes up a true friendship with a man, a first for her." Read a free sample on Amazon. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040850_walking_exercise_weight_loss.html#ixzz2WeBTz8Nk __________________ Now On Twitter:
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Where I lived we put in a ten mile walking path where the old train tracks used to be, and I,m actually shocked but people here are really taking to it.
I thought it would be waste of money but I was wrong.