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Walking is a very popular and beneficial way to get appropriate exercise and is generally very safe for just about anyone.

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You Determine Your Calorie Burn

One thing to keep in mind, is that like any other exercise, how hard you work at it will determine how many calories you burn. If you go to the mall on bad weather days to get your walking in, dawdling and window shopping, usually done at a speed of about 2.5 miles an hour, will burn approximately 200 to 250 calories an hour. If you step it up to a brisker pace of about 4.5 miles an hour, you'll burn more than 500 calories an hour. This pace should cause you to break into a sweat and raise your heart rate a bit.

How About Mall Walking?

Mall walking is a perfect way to make exercise feel less like a chore and more a part of daily life. Shopping centers are heated in winter, air-conditioned in summer, safe, well lit, and free of snapping dogs and pollen.

Not only will you burn calories and tone your legs, if you maintain good posture when you walk, you'll give your abs a workout. Keep yourself straight up while holding in your ab muscles; every step becomes a mini sit-up. Most of us lean forward when we walk, but we can catch ourselves easily at the mall: Just check your posture in your reflection in the windows.

Considering a pound of fat is equivalent to 3,500 calories, you could burn off a pound of fat if you strove to pick up the pace in a week!

Get Into a Book

Tune in to an audio book while you walk. It will keep you going longer and looking forward to the next walk - and the next chapter. Look for a "whodunit"; you might walk so far you will need to take a cab home!

Walking Freebie!

Download our free eBook, which will guide you into a walking program of your own. Download the Walking for Fitness eBook (PDF).

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