If you are looking to add some more challenge to your daily walk, check out these tips for how to turn a walk into a full workout.
One of the easiest ways to get outside and be active is to go for walks. While this is absolutely a good activity to do on its own, what if you are getting bored with it or want a bit of a challenge? Here are some great ways to turn a walk into a full workout and get that blood pumping!
How to Turn a Walk into a Full Workout
Use stairs – If you walk in a more urban area, you probably come across many sets of stairs in your walk. Use them to add a bit of a challenge to your walk by finding a few you can go up and down several times. You could also use the ones at your home to warm up, too. Stairs can be great for stretches and you can even use them to add in some push-ups to your walk as well.
Try shadow boxing – I love shadow boxing while I walk. I simply place my headphones on and pick a high energy song and do it to the beat. You can either cross each arm across your body or do them directing in front of you. Try upper cuts, jabs, and punches. Try shadow boxing every other song in your playlist. If you feel silly doing this in public, try doing it in a more secluded street.
Do interval jogging – Even if you aren’t a runner, interval jogging can add a challenge to your walk. Interval jogging is simply jogging at any pace that’s comfortable (it could even be speed walking) for a set amount of time and then going back to your normal walking pace. I recommend doing 1-minute intervals of jogging to 2 minutes of walking to start.
Change your course – It’s easy to get bored and feel like you aren’t being challenged if you do the same course each day. Instead, if time permits, drive to another place to do a walk. Go for a light hike, even!
Add some weight – There are easy ways to add some weight in order to give your body a bit of a challenge. It can be done by simply carrying a backpack or hand weights. Just make sure that the amount of weight you carry is reasonable as it will seem much heavier the more tired you get and you don’t want to overdo it. Additionally, you want to make sure your added weight is distributed evenly.
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