If you're a person who is limited physically — either temporarily or permanently — from participating in high-intensity or high-impact workouts, take heart. By following a walking program, you can still enjoy a variety of health benefits without placing excess stress on your body.
Additionally, you can turn up the intensity of your walking program with some simple adjustments. A recent study by Ohio State University researchers showed that you can burn more calories walking by varying your speeds.
How It Works
During the Ohio State study, researchers had walkers vary their speeds on a treadmill, either by trying to exceed the speed of the treadmill or walking slower than the belt. It was shown that the metabolic cost (calories burned) was higher than when simply maintaining the same speed. It was even more effective than in changing the speed of the treadmill, when the belt actually shoulders some of the burden.
Researchers recognized that most people don't live their day-to-day lives by walking at a constant speed, as if on a treadmill. When you change your kinetic energy of walking, more work is required from the legs and more energy is burned. The study showed that people tend to walk at a slower pace when covering shorter distances, and at an increased pace when covering longer distances.
How You Can Use The Study’s Findings
Use these tips to pump up your walk. Ralph Roberts in Amarillo can also provide physically-limited individuals with exercises to increase strength and get results.