I’m a huge proponent of walking as exercise. It is a great way for sedentary people to increase their exercise capacity. I also believe brisk walking is a huge fitness tool that we all can use to stay active on our “off” days.
That being said, as your exercise capacity increases to the point where brisk walking becomes easy, then you can increase the intensity even further by either carrying light dumbbells (2 to 3 pounds) or by channeling your inner Rocky and punching the air while you walk.
Both of these mechanisms will have you working harder as you walk. And while the Rocky-esque punching maneuver may draw some weird looks from the neighbors, it may also help you relieve some stress!
Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.