Wouldn't we all love to find a way to lose weight more quickly and tone up our bodies at the same time? It just so happens that there is a lot we can do to make that happen for ourselves. It is something that almost anyone can accomplish if they set their mind to it. It doesn't take any special classes or equipment, just your own two legs and arms and the determination to be consistent in your efforts. It has been long known that walking is one of the best exercises that you can do for your heart health. It is also beneficial for your overall fitness and your sense of well-being, not to mention being gentle on your joints. There are ways to increase the benefits that can be derived from walking that can be easily incorporated into any walking program.
First of all, be sure that you have correct posture and body alignment as you walk which typically means that you are looking forward, with your chin up. Plan on speeding things up and increase your energy output. Instead of walking at a comfortable, leisurely pace, step it up. This increased effort will pay off and you will see the difference that can result. Walking at various speeds most advantageous. Push yourself to walk at a pace that makes it difficult to carry on a steady conversation for a while, then you can slow it down for a short period before speeding it up again. These intervals are more productive for weight loss than walking at one speed for the entire session. Set aside one or two days of the week for some strength training to go along with your walking program as it can do wonders for the metabolism. You don't really need anything more than some hand weights and your own body to see some great results. By making just a few simple changes to your normal walking routine, you can propel yourself out of the rut you are likely in and enjoy significant results.