Want to get rid of your excess pounds, but don’t have the will or the means for a strict diet? You want to be physically active, but exhausting exercises are not your thing? We have a perfect solution. Meet brisk walking.
A brisk walking is a relative term, because “brisk” for some can be slow, but quite speedy for others, depending on the levels of fitness. One measure to quantify brisk walking is “steps per minute,” and 120 steps per minute is considered moderate brisk walking.
Brisk walking is very popular in the world, and the reasons for this are:
- This is the type of physical activity (along with running, jumping rope and driving bike) that can consume excess calories very fast: for 60 minutes and 8,000 steps, you can track six miles and burn 500 calories.
- Harvard University study found that 30 minutes of walking every other day significantly reduces the risk of heart attack.
- Excellent prevention against various diseases: high sugar levels, osteoporosis, arthritis, high blood pressure and depression.
- Studies have shown that women who walk regularly have a lower risk of osteoporosis by as much as 30 percent.
- It’s a low-cost recreation activities: you only need comfortable shoes, shorts or tracksuit.
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Few more tips regarding brisk walking:
- Its suffice to practice brisk walking three times a week.
- Once or twice a week set yourself a challenge to overcome various terrains, because walking on uphill or downhill surfaces tires your muscles, which contributes to their shaping, but also increases the calories burning.
- For better effects, intense brisk walking is recommended. Quick, short steps with fast and sharp hand movement.