Revving Up Your Walking Workout
Swinging or wearing weights during a walk can result in joint strain. A better method of increasing the benefits of walking is to include one or more of the following methods:
Use two walking sticks to give your upper body a workout. Push back one elbow with each step, squeezing your shoulder blade behind you.
Use a fanny pack with built-in water bottles to add weight.
Use a water bag that is worn as a backpack for added weight.
To tone your glutes (buttocks), take short, quick steps rather than long strides.
To strengthen lower back, squeeze and lift your glutes as if you were holding a piece of paper between them.
To work your abdominal muscles, pull in your abs as though you were zipping yourself into a pair of jeans two sizes too small and keep them zipped.