By Athlete's Care on March 19, 2021
When it’s not possible to get to the gym, it’s an always-available workout. But, just a stroll down the street won’t maximize the opportunity. Here’s how to make the most out of your walk.
Many people begin their walks with a bit of stretching. You can add to the impact of your walking workout by taking your prep up a notch or two. Add activities that will help boost your blood flow, and begin to get those walking muscles in motion. Here are some ideas to try:
One easy way to get more out of your walk is to simply add more time – i.e. more steps. If you’re just starting out, a 30 minute walk three times a week is a realistic goal. After the first two weeks, begin to add an extra five minutes onto each walk, and bump it up to four times a week.
Walking for an hour can help your body burn up to five times as many calories post-exercise, as compared to a 30 minute walk.
It’s a mistake to think of walking as taking place a single speed or pace, especially when you want to make it more challenging. Adding the idea of intervals to your walk is a good way to do that. Here’s a sample pattern you can adapt to your own use:
There are a few different ways you can add weights and resistance to your walk.
If you bring along one or two resistance bands, you can stop along the way and add a series of resistance moves like monster walks or lunges. You can loop a longer resistance band around a fence or playground equipment and add tricep extensions or pull-downs. Our Toronto physiotherapists and sports medicine specialists can advise you on appropriate exercises using small weights and resistance bands.
If you can choose, vary the landscape that you walk on, including nice uphill challenges. Walking uphill can be even more physically demanding than running. Walking downhill also uses different sets of muscles, and involves your sense of balance.
Naturally, stairs are an ideal way to boost your workout, so if there is any way to incorporate a set, it’s a great idea to make the most of them.
If you have any questions or need advice on exercise tailored to your condition and lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to contact our Toronto physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics for a consultation.