Take Baby Steps to Burn Calories When You Walk

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Hi, I'm Dr. Wright. Are you trying to lose weight by walking? Here's a tip to burn more calories with every step. Think like a short person. Vertically challenged folks burn more calories every mile they travel by taking small, quick steps. Here's why: all walkers, no matter their height, use the same amount of energy per stride. But short people, including kids, have to take more strides more quickly to cover the same distance at the same speed as taller people.

It's simple math. More strides equal more calories. That means if you just take smaller steps, but walk your usual distance in your usual time, you'll burn more calories. To burn even more, break up those little steps with occasional bursts of skipping. More calories will go up in smoke and you'll feel like a kid again.

If you need help keeping pace, make a music playlist with up tempo songs that keep you moving to the beat. It's a simple, fun way to get even more benefits from your daily walk. For more great exercise advice, watch all our smart tips, right here.