Calories Lost From Walking – The Fastest Method to Boost Your Metabolism
Have you ever pondered the most efficient way to increase the calories lost from walking? Though walking remains one of the most popular forms of exercise for people of all ages, it certainly has its limitations in regards to fitness. The amount of time required to get sufficient calorie burn requires a minimum of 1 hr per walk. That multiplied by 3 times a week (or more), adds up to a big chunk of time. The bigger challenge is, that an hour of walking 3 times a week will still not deliver the highest level of fitness. You see, “normal” walking – even on a difficult terrain, does not challenge the body. It does not engage enough of the major muscle groups to increase the heart rate high enough to obtain a a significant calorie burn. Some walking enthusiasts have even resorted to weighted vests and/or wrist weights to give a fitness boost to their walking workouts. Though these methods may be effective, they can put added stress on the lower back and shoulders, thus increasing the chance of injury. No one wants that. However, there is a simple, gentler solution. By simply incorporating the use of a lightweight walking poles, one can turn their inefficient walking routine into a low-impact, full-body, calorie-blasting workout. Plus – it’s tons of fun! Here’s how it works:
Calories Lost From Walking - How Are More Muscle Groups are Engaged?
Muscle burns fat … plain and simple … Physiology 101. The more muscle we have, the more calories we burn, the more fat melts off of our bodies. The problem for us fitness walkers is that a traditional walking workout only incorporates the muscles of our lower body. While this is great for toning, not so much for overall fitness. However, the simple addition of exercise walking poles into your routine will take your walking workout to a stratospheric level. Pole walking engages 90% of one’s muscle groups, whereas “normal” walking uses less than 50%. The motion used when walking with poles is the same as that in cross country skiing. The poles propel each step, forcing you into a full range of motion. This causes you to incorporate the muscles in the arms, shoulders and core, in addition to the lower body muscles. This full range of motion allows for an additional 48 percent of calories lost from walking, as well as an increased cardio output of 20 percent.
Calories Lost From Walking – Why Are Core Muscles are Strengthened?
The secret to a strong body is a strong core, especially if one wants to age gracefully. Strong core muscles can prevent or eliminate back problems. They also help to align the spine – enabling you to sit, stand and walk taller and breath deeper. Everyday activities (that we often take for granted) become much easier when our core muscles are strong. Incorporating the use of walking poles strengthens the core muscles of your body … as the muscles in your shoulders and arms are engaged, causing a full range of motion. With each step, the core is engaged and strengthened. This eliminates the need for boring sit-ups and crunches. Strengthening the core provides a fitness double whammy: in addition to making you look better and stand taller, strong core muscles will help to accelerate the calories lost from your walking workout. That’s what I call working smart!
Calories Lost From Walking – How is Stress on Lower Joints Reduced?
One might think that walking would have minimal stress on the lower joints. After all, it is considered a “low-impact’ form of exercise. Well … compared to it’s high-impact counterpart (running), it does produce a lesser form of joint stress. That being said, “normal” walking can nonetheless take it’s toll on the body. There is nothing to cushion the impact of each step. The more intense the walk, the more stress on the lower joints. However, Pole Walking can reduce the strain on the lower joints by distributing your weight more evenly. This lessens the impact on your joints by over 26%. The result is less strain on the back, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Even power walking becomes effortless when using walking poles, as there is less wear and tear on your body. People of all ages and fitness levels can get their groove on, save their joints, and increase the calories lost from walking by incorporating walking poles into their walking routine.
Calories Lost From Walking – Why is it a More Efficient Workout?
As discussed, walking with polesprovides a full-body workout, eliminating the need to exercise each muscle group separately. Pole walking is an extremely efficient form of exercise, as it provides both cardio and weight-bearing workouts at the same time. This lessens the time needed for your workout … 30 minutes is all that’s required to dramatically increase your fitness level.
If you’re anything like me (a little lazy, lol) – you’ll try anything that will allow for a more efficient workout in less time. I admit it … I do NOT like to exercise. It may not be cool or politically correct – so be it. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE what exercise does for my body and mind (the endorphin rush, toned body, sharp mind, etc). However, I still find exercise boring drudgery and extremely time consuming. Being a pragmatic person, I have fully embraced this time-saving exercise strategy. I used to spend hours at the gym. Now, I can tone my body, work my heart and accelerate my calories lost from walking in a fun and efficient 30 minutes.