To shed those extra kilos, change your walking speed

To shed those extra kilos, change your walking speed

Walking at varying speeds can burn up to 20% more calories compared to maintaining a steady pace, Indian-origin scientists have found.
“Measuring the metabolic cost of changing speeds is very important because people don’t live their lives on treadmills and do not walk at constant speeds. We found that changing speeds can increase the cost of walking substantially,” said Manoj Srinivasan, co-author of the study.
The researchers found that by using traditional methods, people may be underestimating the number of calories burned while walking in daily life or playing sports. The researchers found that up to 8% of the energy we use during normal daily walking could be due to the energy needed to start and stop walking.
“Walking at any speed costs some energy, but when you’re changing the speed, you’re pressing the gas pedal.Changing the kinetic energy of the person requires more work from the legs and that process burns more energy,” said Nidhi Seethapathi, first author of the study.
The study also confirmed the researchers’ prediction that people walk slower when covering shorter distances and increase their pace as distance increases.