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Did You Know That Walking Is Proven To Burn Calories?

One of the simplest forms of exercise that’s often overlooked in a post pregnancy weight loss program is a brisk walk. It’s easy and it’s effective.

You don’t need a personal trainer and it is a great alternative to being stuck indoors at a gym. With proper form and intensity, a brisk walk is a proven way to burn calories, tone your body and lose stomach fat

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So, we’re setting you a challenge. We want you to commit to walking 3 times per week for 1 month.

Read our hot tips for how to get the most out of your walk. Then put on your runners, go outside for a brisk walk, and watch your body begin to shed its excess weight.

4 Hot Tips To Improve Your Brisk Walk Techniques

1. A good walking technique is crucial to losing weight

The secret is to visualise a target 5 metres ahead, and walk at a fairly quick pace towards that target.  Keep your chest raised and your shoulders relaxed. Breathe deeply and pretend that you are always walking on a straight line.  Don’t exert too much effort in elongating your steps.  Swing your hands in time with your steps (unless you are walking with a pram, of course!) as you walk to support your momentum.

2. Find a comfortable pace

Your most natural and comfortable pace is best, as your brisk walking goal is to achieve longevity, aiming for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.  Your speed and distance will come as you get familiar with the routine.  Try walking for a few metres until you find the most suitable pace before you hit the road.

3. Set walking goals and schedules

Create a plan and stick to it. Set a schedule of 30 minutes a day to begin with, then grow from that.  As soon as you get a comfortable pace and technique, you can start measuring your walking distance using pedometers.  You can purchase a pedometer at most sporting goods stores, or check your running distance through free online pedometers before or after your routine.

4. Be familiar with your route

Health experts have advised us that we need to walk 10,000 steps a day to keep healthy (and some even say we should aim for 12,000 if we’re under 40). That’s around 8 kilometres a day, so it’s understandable if you don’t hit this goal right away. We recommend that you find a spot 4 kilometres away from your starting point so you can walk 4 kilometres to it and then 4 kilometres back. That way you would have completed your 10,000 steps before you even know it.

So take your bub out in a stroller, or if you are lucky enough to get some time to yourself, take some time out and go for a walk solo.

Just 30 minutes at least 3 times a week and you will be surprised with the results you can achieve, both physically and mentally.

Incorporate a brisk walk into your 28 Day Diet and Exercise Plan. Remember this plan is your transformation to a new and healthier you.

marissa-nieves

Marissa

Marissa is an experienced personal trainer with expert knowledge in fitness and in nutrition. She is passionate about helping mums to exercise, stay motivated and achieve a strong and healthy body post pregnancy. Marissa has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2014. She has been providing expert advice to the team developing Healthy Mummy specific exercises as well as helping to develop the exercises for our 28 Day Weight Loss challenges. She has also written many informative fitness related posts for the The Healthy Mummy blog.

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