You don’t have to be sweating your tail off in the gym or running 4 miles a day to lose weight, you can shed pounds by simply walking! Running and other cardio exercises can be really hard on your body and cause a lot of wear and tear on your joints. Here is how to make the most of your walk!walking-shoes-530

Walk faster: By simply walking faster you can burn way more calories and really improve your fitness! If you walk briskly you also reduce the risk of heart disease more than a run that burns the same number of calories.

How to walk faster: Stand tall with your shoulders back. This helps prevent lower back stress. Bend your arms at 90 degrees and swing your arm as you walk. Also, roll off each foot and push off your toes at the end of every stride. This keeps your foot on the ground a bit longer making for stronger, shorter faster steps.

Slip on the right sneakers: Having the right shoes is important! You don’t want to injure yourself. You want shoes that are flexible and roll with each step. You also want beveled heels that helps with heel-to-toe rolling. The next important feature is that they are designed for walking not running.

You don’t have to be a runner to burn major calories! Lace up your walking shoes and get on out there!

XOXO, Chels