When you can't get outside, hop on a treadmill and go at an energizing saunter — about 3.5 or 4 mph. No treadmill? Turn on the stereo or television and try this "in place" workout from Leslie Sansone, author of Eat Smart, Walk Strong (Walk Aerobics Inc.).
- Begin by walking in place to get your heart rate moving.
- To bring it up a notch, perform some walking knee lifts: Lift your left knee until it is nearly horizontal (or as high as is comfortable). Bring the left knee down. Lift your right knee until it is nearly horizontal. Repeat for a few minutes.
- Walk in place again.
- Add in some side steps, which work both your thighs and your buttocks: Step to your left with your left foot, but remain facing forward. Open your arms wide and out to your sides as you step. Bring your right foot to meet your left, still facing forward, and bring your hands together. Step to your right and continue to repeat for a few minutes.
- Walk in place until you reach your daily walking goal.
Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the May 2006 issue of Family Circle magazine.