Do you love taking walks but don't feel like you're getting a ton of calorie-burning out of them? There are ways to increase the amount of calories burned from walking. I like taking walks as an active rest activity on my days off from lifting. You can take a walk anytime. In fact, you should.
The benefits of walking are numerous. For starters, walking has the ability to boost endorphins. Studies show that those who walk regularly (especially outdoors) are happier overall. In just as little as 10 minutes a day you can ease stress, release tension, and improve fatigue. Walking has also been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by increasing heart rate and improving circulation. Walking also shows promising benefits in improving osteoporosis risk by helping to build bone mass. Walking has been shown to burn more fat overall than jogging. Especially if you follow the tips in the infographic below.
Some people choose to walk as their only form of exercise. That's more than okay! I know a lot of people who have fatiguing autoimmune conditions or people who are recovering from something, and walking is the only form of exercise that works for their bodies. If you choose walking as your only form of exercise, make sure to get in a 30 minute walk at least 5 days a week for the most benefits.