Losing weight can be difficult to prioritise in the busy world we live in.
But there is one free and easy way to fit in some physical exercise – walking.
Walking just 30 minutes a day can improve your overall health, strengthen bones, and reduce your risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
It’s also great for weight loss, as walking a mile (1.6km) burns approximately 100 calories, according to healthline.
Walking is the easiest form of exercise to fit into your normal life.
But it’s still easy to make up excuses if you are sat at a desk all day.
Here we have gathered three tips from Dean Embling, Master Personal Trainer, Virgin Active, on areas of your day to boost your step count.
1. Commuting to and from work
This is your prime time to get some steps in.
So you should always walk up the escalator instead of letting it take you from A to B.
Next you should try to up the pace of your walk – this will boost your morning intensity and wake you up.
You’ll be sitting enough at your desk, so choose to stand on public transport.
This will give you an opportunity to work on balance and activating the glute muscles.
2. Your lunch break
Don’t just sit in the kitchen, eat your lunch and go back to your desk.
Go for a 15 minute walk.
It doesn’t have to be fast, but it’s about adding more steps into your day.
This could be your chance to catch up with someone, or listen to a new podcast.
3. Your workout
Adding Active Rest to your workout is a great way of burning more fat.
Once you have finished an exercise walk around for the 60-90 second rest period.
You can also add in Supersets, which is an exercise that targets the same muscle groups or opposing.
Make the exercises lighter than the main one, and walk around for a bit.
While you’re at it, why not try to walk backwards? This technique can help to burn 40% more calories.