Walking can be a great form of exercise. It can help you tone the muscles in your arms and legs, burn calories and help you lose weight and keep you looking and feeling good. But if you walk regularly and notice that you're not seeing these results, it may be because you need to increase the intensity of your workouts in order to get better results. The good news is that this is relatively easy to do. The bad news is that you need to actually put in the effort in order to raise the intensity of your workouts.
Increasing the Intensity
Once you begin walking, you'll probably notice that you lose a little weight right away and get into shape after a few weeks. This is good but these results do not continue on over time, because your body gets used to walking. Instead, you need to force your body to work harder by increasing the intensity of your walking workout. Let's say you regularly walk for three miles every day. You're not concerned with how quickly you do it, though, so it takes you an hour to get through the three-mile walk. You're still getting exercise, but you could help build intensity by quickening your pace. This doesn't mean you have to run to get results, but it does mean that you should make a conscious effort to speed things up.
Try to do this by walking for the first two miles normally in order to allow your body to warm up. Then, on the third mile, speed up your walk and try to finish your walk more quickly than normal. This speeds up your heart rate, raises your internal temperature and helps you burn more calories than normal. By building up the intensity, you can see better results. And all you need to do is build that intensity right into the walking workout that you're currently performing.
Keeping up the Intensity
As you get used to speeding up the last mile of your walking workout, see if you can do two out of your three miles more quickly. Then, see if you can speed up your whole walk. Then, see if you can walk a longer distance while walking more quickly. All of these approaches will continue to help you keep up your intensity during your workout. They will also help you burn more calories over the course of your walk and keep your heart rate high.
Make sure you take things slowly, though. Don't try to take your intensity from 0 to 60 in less than a week. Rather, make sure that your body is truly used to walking at a certain pace before you put more pressure on it to move more quickly. Also, make sure you stretch before and after these walking workouts to avoid any injuries to your muscles. It may feel like you're just walking, but you're actually pushing your body to work harder.
Performing this type of walking workout can help you build intensity and make more out of your walks. Try it out today if you're tired of your same old boring routine.