It's very rare to hear that the way we've been walking or working out is good enough. Usually, someone is giving us a new trick on how to bump up the fat burn.
But good things happen to those who wait--and walkers everywhere are rejoicing about this news. It turns out you are burning MORE calories when you walk than you thought, according to a new study from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
The reason, researchers say: The current standard used to measure the amount of calories you burn when you walk on a level surface (a sidewalk, the treadmill) were based on a one-size-fits-all equation developed 40 years ago. So it underestimated the number of calories.
Even the tracking device you're wearing may be off, too. SMU's researchers have come up with a new equation that is more accurate because it takes into account height and body mass and the speed at which you're walking.
So how many more calories are you burning? Say you're 5-feet, 4 inches tall, and weigh 140 pounds, says Dr. Peter Weyand, a professor at SMU and the co-author of the study. If you're walking at a normal speed (2.9 miles per hour), you're burning off 15 more calories per mile than you thought. Increase the speed to 4 miles per hour, and you'll burn 20+ calories more. That's each and every mile, without doing anything.
We'll take it!
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