We want to share with you one of the latest and greatest ways to have fun while staying physically fit. In fact, “walk and talks” will be your new favorite cardio workout. All you have to do to get started? Put on your sneakers and schedule a phone call with a friend or invite one to join you. It’s so simple! Read on to learn more about what “walking and talking” is, and then be sure to check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong, Tone Arms in 2022, the trainer says.
We spoke with Tim Liu CSCS, an online fitness and nutrition coach and member of the Eat this, not that! Advice from medical experts that shares the many health benefits of “walking and talking” with a best friend, loved one, or partner. According to Liu, not only will this type of cardio routine help you hit your daily steps, but it will also give you a refreshing mental break from work and relieve any stress you face during the day. Plus, it’s amazing catch-up time!
Taking 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day (about 1.5 to 2 miles) is average for most Americans, according to Mayo Clinic. It’s an invigorating idea to progress up to 10,000 steps each day, and “walking and talking” is the perfect way to help you achieve this goal. In the process, you’ll also reduce your risk of many health problems, including obesity, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
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Liu offers some pretty effective tips for planning your walk and conversation. First, lay out a short route for a mini workout. Find a loop in your neighborhood or local community and figure out how long it will take you to complete it. This will make it easier to plan how many rounds you can complete in a given amount of time.
The more hills you include in your route, the better your workout will be. “You can burn more calories when you walk by picking up your pace, going up a hill, or having light weights when you move,” Liu says. According to Long live, walking uphill makes your body work harder. You can lose weight by using the hills in your walking routine and tone your lower body. Do not hesitate to change courses each time to avoid getting bored.
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Next, Liu suggests picking a friend to join in the fun who shares the same fitness goals as you. Both of you will be keen to increase your challenge by adding more steps and hills each time you go. Plus, it’s exciting to cheer each other on. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), working together can be more motivating. You can work harder, experience new adventures together, and stay consistent.
One last thing that Liu advises? It is extremely important to wear the right shoes for a long walk. According to Long live, the wrong athletic shoe can cause injury, hampering your walking and fitness journey. Finding the right supportive training shoe can help prevent damage to your ankles and feet, and keep them comfortable and secure while walking.
Alexa is the associate editor of Eat This, Not That!’s Mind + Body, overseeing the M+B channel and bringing readers compelling stories about fitness, wellness and self-care. Read more