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4 Easy Exercises You Can’t Ignore If You’re Walking For Weight Loss

Posted on: by Women's Health
a woman tying her laces before she goes walking

From the editors of Women’s Health; Photography by Freepik

Get more from each step with these easy exercises…

There’s more to good walking form than standing up straight. Proper foot alignment and a powerful push-off keep you walking longer and stronger. First, use this simple test to find out how fit you are, then make good technique second nature with these exercises from Dr Suki Munseli, developer of Dynamic Walking.

1. Shirt pull

Why it’s crucial: Lengthens spine to prevent slumping.

Cross your arms at the wrists in front of your waist and raise your arms, as if you’re pulling a shirt up and over your head. Grow taller as you reach up. Lower your arms, letting your shoulders drop into place. Repeat frequently during a walk to avoid back tightness.

2. Pendulum swing

Why it’s crucial: Keeps hips lifted for a smooth stride.

Holding onto something for support, like the back of a chair, balance on your right leg and swing your left leg forward and backward eight to 10 times without touching your foot to the ground. Repeat, this time swinging your right leg.

READ MORE: 6 Tips That’ll Help You Tone Your Abs While You Walk

3. Heel-toe roll

Why it’s crucial: Realigns feet and knees.

Stand with your feet parallel, one shoe-width apart. With your knees slightly bent, roll from heel to toe eight to 10 times, rocking back and forth down the centre of your feet.

4. Kick sand

Why it’s crucial: Increases push-off power.

Standing tall, scrape the ground with one foot as if to kick sand behind you, like a dog digging a hole. Use your whole leg, from the hip to the butt. Don’t lean forward too much. Repeat six times on each side.

Here are five ways to burn more fat during your walking workouts. Plus, we’ve got the beginner guide: how to lose weight with running!

Originally published in Prevention’s Walking For Weight Loss

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