Monday, February 9, 2009
Did you know that you can burn more calories walking outside versus on a treadmill? It's true. In fact, studies have shown that people who walk or run outdoors burn up to 10% more calories than those who stay inside the gym ("The Ultimate Over-40 Fat Fighter!" Prevention, March 2009, pg. 102). I believe this is true, for I've noticed that there are a lot of people who hold on to the rails while walking on a treadmill, not realizing that doing that prevents them from burning as many calories as they can. When we walk outside, we're more inclined to pump our arms, which aids in the calorie-burning effect. In addition, pumping your arms can actually help you walk faster. So, the next time you get ready to jump on the treadmill, remember this little tidbit and try taking it outside for once. The change in scenery alone will be enough to propel your workouts, for you won't be counting the minutes as you take in the beautiful sights around you.