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Get walking: the fat-burning power walk

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To burn fat and shed pounds, you need speed – just walking briskly for 45 minutes a day, four times a week, you can lose 18lb over a year!

Nina Barough of Walk the Walk recommends power walking – walking at up to five miles an hour (that’s a mile in 12 minutes), with your elbows at 90 degrees pumping back and forth. The pumping helps propel you along and provides a good upper body workout.

You need to push off each stride from the toes with a straight back leg for strength and stability. Or you can build intervals into your walks. Walk at a normal, brisk pace for 10 minutes, then increase your pace to as fast as you can without breaking into a run for 30 seconds, before returning to normal for five minutes.

Gradually increase the length of the intervals to a maximum of three minutes with 10 minutes’ brisk walking between each one. Or try walking one fast mile followed by one slower mile. To walk faster, take more steps rather than lengthening your stride, which can increase the strain on your feet and legs.

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