Walking burns more calories than we thought

Walking is a great way to keep your weight in check

Lace up your sneakers and get outside for a walk, because the health benefits are greater than experts previously thought.

Recent studies indicate the formulas traditionally used to calculate energy expenditure from walking underestimate calorie burn 97% of the time!

Why? The formulas are outdated and don't account well for body size, say study authors Lindsay Ludlow, PhD and Peter Weyand, PhD, whose findings were published in Journal of Applied Physiology.

Walking is a safe, low cost, enjoyable way to get your body moving and keep your weight in check. In fact, my husband has lost 12 pounds simply by walking 10,000 steps a day!

Be creative: find a way to take more steps that you usually do. Walk your dog, find some trails to hike, explore the outdoor spaces in your city. Don't have that kind of time? When you go to the grocery store, park far away from the door and walk. Do an extra lap around the mall next time you go to pick up your favorite lipstick. Get up from your desk at work and walk to the person you'd like to talk to, rather than emailing. You get the picture, right?

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