Maybe your regular walking routine has become a snooze. Or you haven't budged off the couch because you don't believe a stroll will really make a difference. Well, in fact, just a few creative changes can liven up your walking program and give you a reason to get moving. Go ahead and try our plan. There's nothing to lose except some pounds.
By Kathy Smith
While you're walking, think about how hard you're pushing yourself. On an exertion scale from 0 to 10 (with 0 being "easy" and 10 being "very, very difficult") you want to go beyond the 3 or 4 most people settle on. Crank it up to a 6 or 7 to get fat-burning engines revved and running. How do you know you're there? Do the talk test. You should be walking swiftly enough so that you can talk a little but find it difficult to carry on a conversation. If you're walking alone, it should be a struggle to sing along with your iPod for more than a few verses.