Making The Most Of A Brisk Walk

Making The Most Of A Brisk Walk If you know someone who's trying to meet physical activity recommendations with 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 days a week, here's a tip to pass along: plan your course by the mile instead of the minute. A study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise compared the two methods using 12,384 female and 3,434 male walkers.

Although the metabolic equivalent hours per day (MET) was 37% higher for women and 32% greater for men when they went by time spent walking instead of an established distance, reductions in body mass index and waist circumference doubled when subjects walked a specified distance. For example, females lost 1.42 cm off their waistline with distance walking compared to 0.72 cm when tracking walking time.

True Strength Moment: It's likely that this study helps illustrate the difference between exercise duration and intensity. When you're just putting in time, the pace isn't nearly as great as when you're trying to reach an objective. Set concrete goals for yourself after the next phase of your training, and try not to watch the clock.
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