12. Give Interval Walking a Try
Interval walking means alternating bursts of brisk or strenuous walking with periods of walking at a more relaxed pace. You can set your own goals depending on your fitness level. If you are new to exercise, you may want to start with shorter periods of intense walking and longer periods of more relaxed walking. Silver Sneakers describes a 20-Minute Beginner Interval Walk that calls for cycles of one minute of brisk walking and four minutes of a slower pace. Seasoned or more fit walkers may want to try My Fitness Pal’s 30-Minute HIIT Walk, which alternates cycles of steady state, high intensity, and recovery paces.
11. Hit the Stairs and Hike the Hills
Burn off more calories by including stairs and hills in your walks. Get your heart pumping and build up your leg muscles by huffing and puffing up stairways and inclines. If you walk outdoors, change up your route to include different types of terrain. If the weather prevents walking outside, hit the local mall and include the stairways in your journey.
10. Move Your Arms
Include your arm muscles in your daily exercise. It makes no sense to leave your arms hanging and let your legs have all the benefits of a walk. According to VeryWellFit, you should bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Next, keep your elbows close to your body. Now, as you move your left foot, your right arm should swing forward. Meanwhile, your left arm should swing forward when you step with your right foot. When your hand goes forward, it should remain low and aim straight ahead rather than reaching diagonally across your body.