Did you know that you can lose weight walking? Most people see walking as a means of getting from their car to their house/office and back, but the truth is that walking can be an excellent form of exercise if done right. Those who are unable to run or jog can benefit from walking, and you’ll find that walking as a workout is quite effective–not to mention a whole lot of fun!
If your goal is to tighten up your glutes as you walk, this is the perfect workout for you. When you walk, only let your heels touch the ground. Keep your toes off the ground with every step, and feel the burn in your shins and your glutes. Walk like this for a couple of minutes, then switch to a normal walk for a minute. Repeat this cycle for a solid 20 to 30 minutes, and you’ll be getting GREAT exercise.
Looking to give your shoulders and arms a bit of a workout as you walk? Instead of swinging your arms by your side, raise them perfectly straight over your head and hold them there. Within a minute or two, they will feel exhausted, and you can drop them back down by your side. Count one minute, and raise them over your head once more. Do this for no less than 20 minutes, and feel the burn in your shoulders and arms.
With this walking workout, you give your abs and obliques a nice workout. Don’t walk normally, but walk in a sort of marching stride–lifting your knees to waist height. As you bring your right knee up, swing your left hand across your body to touch it. Repeat the same with your left knee and right hand. Keep your back straight, but only twist to the side as you march. You’ll feel the burn in no time!
Walking with weights can not only increase the intensity of your walk, but can help you to get a great workout at the same time. As you walk, carry a dumbbell in each hand and do Curl Shoulder Presses. Start with the weights down by your side, and curl them up to your shoulders. Once at shoulder height, press them high over your head until your arms are extended. Bring the weights back to shoulder height, and slowly back down to your side. Your arms and shoulders will burn within a mile or so, and you can get a great workout as you walk.
This is an odd type of walk, one you may NOT want to do in public. It looks strange, but it’s a great workout! Bring your fists together in front of your chest, with your elbows bent out to either side. Step forward with your left foot, and lift your right leg out to the side as you transfer your weight to your forefoot. As your right leg is lifting, straighten your arms in a diagonal line parallel to your right leg. As you step forward with the right foot, bring your arms back to their original position. Repeat with the left leg.
Give your hips a bit of a workout with this walk. Mix it into your regular walk, doing a 1-minute Cat Walk for every 4 minutes of speed walking. Stand with your hands on your hips, back straight and head up. As you step your right foot forward, cross your right thigh over your left leg. Twist your torso as you walk. Repeat with the left leg.