5. Change the gradient
Expect to burn around 30% more calories by adding even a small gradient to your walk. It’s a no brainer that you’ll expend more energy walking uphill but a third is a worthwhile hike.
You’ll work hamstrings (backs of thighs) and glutes (bum muscles) more by walking uphill too.
- Taking smaller steps can lessen the impact on joints as you climb uphill, well as helping you to keep your balance.
- You may find yourself naturally leaning in as you tackle the hill – a small tilt’s okay but always try to keep torso positioned over hips.
- No hills? Try the treadmill. Aim for a 3-5% incline while keeping your speed fairly brisk.