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Here's how to boost your calorie-burn big time-without much extra effort.
Get some poles
Using Nordic poles torches an average 20 percent more calories by engaging the muscles in your upper body and torso, says Mark Fenton, author of The Complete Guide to Walking. Plant the pole firmly at a 45-degree angle behind you, then push back forcefully against the ground to propel yourself forward.
Skip killer hills
Don't assume the biggest inclines are the best for burning fat. "It's better to maintain your speed on a moderate hill than to slow down substantially on a steeper one," Fenton says.
Use your arms
Vigorously pumping your bent arms helps you go faster-and burn more calories, says Lee Scott, walking coach and director of WoW Power Walking in Toronto.
Take smaller steps
The best way to boost your speed-and thus your burn-is to take shorter, faster steps, Scott explains. Time yourself walking 100 steps, then recover for one minute. Count another 100 steps, and try to
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