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Making the Most of Your Daily Walk

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By : Ignacio Lopez    99 or more times read
Submitted 2011-05-27 16:52:24
If you are interested in getting more out of your walk each day, it is time to work on taking it to the next level. Working out on your treadmill is a wonderful thing to do every day, but with the same movements at the same intensity, your body can begin to plateau in a manner of speaking.

Once you body becomes too used to a certain kind of exercise, it is easy for it to begin to stop progressing when it comes to weight loss and muscle strengthening. This does not mean that you suddenly need to take up another form of exercise-it simply means that you need to work on taking your walk to the next level.

After all, walking is a wonderful form of aerobic exercise, and it very good for your heart and your body. You can increase your stamina, increase your metabolism, burn fat, tone your muscles, and relieve stress all at the same time.

This should be a part of everyone's daily routine! To make sure that you are making the most of your fitness time, be sure to maintain a very good posture as you walk.

Always walk tall, and look forward-it is wise to try to look about twenty feet ahead, to make sure that your head stay consistently balanced. Relax your shoulders, and keep them down and back.

If you allow your shoulders to creep up to your ears, you will experience headaches, pain, and discomfort. Keep your chest forward, and be sure to tighten your abs and your buttocks.

Keep your back flat, and your pelvis tilted slightly forward. Walk in as straight of a line as possible, with your arms bend at less than a ninety degree angle.

If you are careful to keep this proper form and pump your arms back and forth as you walk on your treadmill, your body will get the most out of its exercise session. You will also avoid added pain that could be easily avoided.

While you are walking on your treadmill, be sure to push off with your toes. Concentrate on striking with the heel, rolling through the step, and pushing off with your toes.

Your calves contain a kind of strength and spring in their step that will help to propel you forward. Do not try to increase the length of your pace-if you want to go faster, simply take faster, smaller steps.

This will help you to maintain the proper form at all times, while increase your pace and distance in a safe way. Make sure that you are breathing deeply, and naturally.

Keep your breathes very rhythmic, and make sure that you are always getting enough oxygen. If you consistently get enough oxygen, you can ensure that you are able to burn fat as well as calories.

If you do not have enough time for a workout at the end of the day, try working it into your daily routine in as many different ways as you can. Walk with your children to school, and home again.

Try taking a fifteen-minute walk during your lunch break-this will help you to stay fit, while giving you an extra energy boost in the middle of the day. You may even find it helps you to be more productive at work.

You can add intensity by walking hills instead of stairs. Do not allow your heart rate to go above eighty percent of your maximum until you have been exercising for three months, consistently.

Find a two to five percent incline, and walk at your regular pace up the hill. This will take your walk to the next level very quickly!

If you have a treadmill, try increasing your elevation by a point, or a half a point every day. Once you reach the limit, try slowly going back down a little bit at a time, until you can begin the process over again.

Make sure that you are using short steps, and working consistently. Make sure that you are keeping your muscles relaxed at all times, and that you are getting enough water throughout your workout.

This will allow you to feel as good as possible when your workout is complete. If you work to increase the effort and change you put into your daily routine, you may find that you body responds much more effectively and quickly.
Author Resource:- Ignacio Lopez is a personal trainer and has authored hundreds of articles relating to physical training and treadmill. He has been a health expert and physical trainer for over 15 years.

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