Walking and the number of calories burnt–the correct technique to walk and lose weight
The importance of walking cannot be emphasized enough. According to the previous study, walking helps in preventing hypertension, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and other conditions. You must have also seen people lose weight only by walking regularly. However, it is also believed that walking doesn’t help in burning enough calories and might not be effective.
The researchers at the Southern Methodist University have found that the previous technique that is used to measure metabolism while walking on a firm and leveled ground are relatively inaccurate and have a significant bias. The number of calories calculated by these standards was very few in 97 percent of cases, as published in thehealthsite.com.
The previous technique was designed by the American College of Sports Medicine and Pandolf et al. The researchers point out that ACSM equation measures “the relationship between walking speed and metabolic rate as a linear function”, whereas the Pandolf et al equation uses an exponential description.
The scientists, developed a new standard techniques that is four times more accurate for adults and kids together, much applicable for adults only.The new equation measures “metabolism irrespective of the height, weight and speed of the walker” and the scientists claim that is more accurate that those that have been in use.
There are a few things to remember while walking to lose weight without getting injured.
The right technique of walking are:
1. Stretch – Stretching is important before you go for a walk and even for any other workouts. Stretching helps in loosening the muscles and can prevent injuries and improves your flexibility.
2. Take smaller steps – You might take larger steps to cover a particular distance quickly but we do not realize that taking larger steps puts a huge strain on our calf muscles. Hence, you should take smaller steps which also help in increasing your speed. Also, instead of altering your speed as you progress, consistently walk at a moderate speed.
3. Watch your gait – Don’t droop or slouch while walking. Walk tall with your chest out. Also, don’t keep your hands rigid, keep your elbows out, let your arms swing in their natural movement.