There is a lot more to walking for weight loss than simply putting 9,999 steps in front of the first one. In fact you can increase your walking skill while losing weight and increasing your metabolism (which will serve you well for a long time).
Improving your ability and durability during walks will improve the way you look and feel.
Although walking for fitness might seem like a simple activity, people often develop bad habits in their walking that make walking more difficult and less effective.
Add inclines in your walk. Walking up a hill works a different set of muscles and increases your heart rate in the process.
Vary your stride. Walk with a lighter step and alter your walk with bouts of faster walking. Walking with a lighter step reduces jarring and is easier on your joints than a hard step. Walking faster increases your heart rate and helps you burn more fat.
Watch your stance. Keep your waist and weight over the stationary leg of each step. In a sense you will be holding your hips back from the stepping leg. When you walk, let your knee go forward and then your hips. Be conscious of every muscle’s movement in every step you take.
Check your muscle tension, especially the back of your neck. When you walk quickly, see if you can notice tension in the back of your neck and focus on releasing that tension by relaxing your neck.
In following articles we’ll discuss other ways to improve your metabolic rate overall while walking your way to fitness.