As you’re working to reach your weight lossgoal or transitioning to maintaining your healthy weight, incorporate NEAT (Non-Exercise Thermogenesis Activity) to help burn extra calories in the process. In fact, the Habits of Health Transformational System encourages you to start practicing healthy motion simply by walking.
Walking is especially powerful because it’s sustainable, safe, and accessible regardless of your fitness level or age. You don’t need any special equipment and you can do it almost anywhere—on the treadmill, at the park, or around your neighborhood.
Here are some tips to consider to take your walk to the next level, which may help bring you even closer to your fitness goals:
- Pick up the pace. Push yourself to complete your typical routine at a slightly faster pace. If it usually takes you 15 minutes to complete your routine, try to do it in 14 minutes. By making a conscious effort to pick up your pace, you’ll challenge yourself and elevate your heart rate at the same time.
- Pump your arms. Did you know you can also get an upper body workout from walking? Pump your arms up and down as you walk to build stronger muscles in your back, shoulders, and arms.
- Use your core. Your core muscles help you maintain good posture and resist slouching. Engage your abdomen by tightening your stomach muscles and straightening your back while you walk.
- Add some weight. There are several different ways to add weight to your walk. Try ankle or wrist weights, a backpack with weights, or weighted vest. You can also walk with dumbbells for increased muscle definition in your arms.
- Make it social. Invite a friend or family member to take a walk with you. While you’re burning calories, you’re also building and nurturing these social bonds.
Don’t underestimate the power behind a good walk! Next time you go for a stroll, consider your goals and adjust your routine to optimize your walk.
Ask me, your OPTAVIA Coach, about other ways to enhance your healthy motion on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time.