Get a Simple and Effective Workout by Power Walking

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Power walking is a simple form of exercise that has multiple health benefits. It is perhaps one of the most underrated, simple, and effective forms of cardiovascular activity which is suitable for all age groups, and can facilitate calorie burning of up to 300 calories per hour at a walking speed of two miles per hour. Walking everyday has its own benefits, however, inculcating the element of power walking will add that much needed calorie burn to the cardiovascular system and will ensure that you get the maximum health benefits from your otherwise casual stroll around the park.

Walking is a Cost-Free Exercise with Many Benefits

If you are one of those people who would like to incorporate some extra activity into your day, but are not particularly fond of gym machines or cannot afford a membership to the gym, walking everyday will enable you to reap the benefits of fresh air and activity, while helping you burn fat. Power walking involves brisk walking while moving your arms as you walk. It serves to work more muscles in the body as compared with regular walking since you are using your arms and legs together. More calories are burned as a result, and you will also notice an improvement in your overall muscle tone, primarily in the leg and glutes region. Your arms will feel noticeably stronger, and those who opt to amplify their walking experience with dumbbells and ankle weights will notice more pronounced definition.

Primary Benefits of This Simple Exercise

Power walking can be as basic or as intense as you would like; you could simply wear comfortable walking attire and sturdy walking shoes and head to the nearest park. Or you could, as mentioned, strap on a pair of ankle weights, wrist weights, and add a pedometer to measure your steps in order to follow specific walking goals. Make things fun and add a boost of motivation by forming a walking group with other people in your area who want to get into walking, too.

Technology Enables You to Turn Your Walks into a Community Activity

Thanks to the internet and various mobile and social media applications, you can now walk alongside the millions of other people around the world who are taking to this simple and fun activity; trackers help you monitor your activity, and keep track of your heart rate or the calories you burn, while community applications help you compete with and motivate other walkers to incorporate this healthy activity into their daily lives.

Taking advantage of daily walking is about making a simple lifestyle change with many benefits. It is one of the simplest fitness methods available since it does not require equipment or training requirements of any kind. You can power walk your way to a healthier lifestyle anywhere, and at any time.

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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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