If you have been following the 4-week walking plan religiously, I am sure you are already noticing the change in your fitness levels. You’ll be walking for 40 minutes at a time by the end of this week.
Aim to conquer bigger, steeper hills. This will increase the intensity of your walks and up the amount of calories you’ll burn.
Day 1: Return to the local football field and walk up and down the entire length of the bleachers, varying the speed of your pace, for 30 minutes.
Day 2: Instead of driving, walk into town to drop off your mail. See how quickly you can get there and back.
Day 3: As you walk to a nearby hill, swing your arms to pick up your pace.
Day 4: Find the most hilly area in your neighborhood. Take a portable radio or CD player with you and listen to your favorite music. Aim to walk for 40 minutes.
Day 5: Rest day. Spend the time you would have spent walking giving your muscles a good stretch.
Day 6: Find a long set of stairs. Climb up and down them five times. Then walk for 15 minutes.
Day 7: Find a nature path where you can hike for 40 minutes. Take your kids with you and sing songs together.
Rainy Day Plan:
Unfortunately not every day is perfect walking weather. Here are two rainy-day ideas to prevent you from falling off the workout bandwagon.
- Drive to the mall and walk every floor without stopping to shop.
- Find a set of indoor stairs and walk up and down them for 10 minutes or more. Still feeling energized? Do some jumping jacks.