Walking is considered the best form of movement. But what if you have been achieving your 10K-steps goal every day and the numbers on the scale are still not going down?
Well, don’t worry. We are here to tell you about the most common walking mistakes. If you are making one of them, it’s time to stop.
You’re NOT Walking Right
What does that mean?
Well, when you are going out for a stroll, you may not care about wearing the right gear, the right shoes, or wearing your smartwatch. But when you are going out for a walk and your goal is to increase your NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis), you need to be careful about:
- Posture: Keep your posture upright, spine tall, and shoulders relaxed. In the beginning, you might find it difficult. But remember, walking with slouched shoulders and hunched back will do more harm to your body than benefit it.
- Stride: Your stride length is also important. Make sure it’s not too short and not too long. Longer strides tend to make you tired quickly. Moreover, if your stride length is more than what your legs can handle, your calves will feel additional pressure.
Your Shoes Are Loose
When you’re walking, especially brisk walking, you must tie your shoes properly. If your feet are loose in your shoes, it will start affecting your walking speed and quality. You can also hurt your feet.
Joggers and sneakers are designed to keep your feet in place but if you don’t tie them well, you’re defeating the purpose of wearing them.
You’re Filling Up on Water During Your Walks
It’s only natural to work up a thirst when you’re brisk walking in the park. And of course, you must keep your water bottle handy but chugging it down after every few minutes is what’s slowing your progress.
Take a few sips, pause, breath some air, let your lungs fill up with the oxygen they need, few more sips, and you’re good to go.
This way, you’ll not only quench your thirst but will also feel lighter throughout your walk.
You’re Taking the Same Route
Talking the same route every day means you are allowing your body to adapt. After a certain time, your body will get used to walking the same route and you won’t be able to burn as many calories as you were hoping.
So, to turn your walk into a workout, keep changing your route, or change your activity.
For example, if you go for a hike every now and then, try alternate routes. You can also pick different routes for your daily walks by switching between the closest parks.
Try these tips and you’ll definitely start seeing results soon.
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