- Warm up as you would before any workout--do a few gentle stretches, then walk slowly for five minutes, and later pick up speed to get your heart rate going.
- Swing your arms from side-to-side, or front-to-back. Choose any motion that is comfortable to add some momentum.
- Keep your back straight and pull in your abdominal muscles.
- Take long, lengthy strides rather than short, quick steps.
- Cool down with a slower pace again for about five minutes once you are done.
- Every two weeks, add another five minutes to your walk to build strength and endurance. Also, visit some hilly areas or stairs on your route for an additional challenge.
- If you are up for it, try using one to five-pound ankle or arm weights as you walk for an extra calorie burn.
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