Health Tips: Know the amazing benefits of walking!


If you want to increase your fitness but can't find time to go to the gym, then there is good news for you! A new study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst claims that by making slight changes in the way you walk, you can significantly increase the amount of calories you burn.

According to the study, taking steps of uneven length during daily walks speeds up the body's metabolism, which burns more calories. This can prove to be a game changer for those who want to achieve fitness through easy changes in their routine.


This research published in Daily Mail studied the changes in the body while walking and the effect of uneven steps on calorie burn. The results show that by making a slight change in the walking pattern, you can burn more calories than steps of equal length. This news is a great relief for those who do not have time to exercise separately in their busy lifestyle. By simply taking uneven-length steps in their daily walk, they can improve their fitness without any extra time.

Adam Grimmitt, the lead author of the study, said that it would be correct to assume that the greater the change in the length of steps while walking, the faster the metabolism will be, which will increase the amount of calories burned. Researchers led by Dr. Grimmitt studied the effect of changes in the length of steps on metabolism. It included 18 healthy, 24-year-old adults, whose average weight was 155 pounds. Participants were first asked to walk on the treadmill with their normal steps for 5 minutes.

After this, the participants were asked to walk with steps 5% to 10% smaller or larger than their usual strides. During this time the researchers measured the level of carbon dioxide, which is considered an indicator of exercise intensity. The main finding of the study was that even a small change in the length of the step (2.7%) caused a significant increase in metabolism (1.7%).

The researchers said that changing the length of steps slightly increases the amount of energy spent in walking, but it is very important for fitness. Now the researchers are also investigating how this new information can be beneficial for older people, especially for energy conservation more than calorie burn. Future studies will measure the accuracy of foot placement and muscle activity based on virtual projections.