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Can a walking routine help you to lose weight? Yes, but if you want great results, it’s essential to do it right.

Walking is a great exercise to control your health and clear your mind, but you have to change it up and keep your body guessing.

Our bodies naturally adapt to new routines and quickly start going into maintenance mode. That means, if you drop a couple of pounds at the beginning, and continue the same routine, you will soon reach a weight loss plateau.

Here four easy ways to burn more calories while you’re walking:

1. Walk hills / Increase the incline
Find a challenging hill and walk it up as fast as possible, then walk down slowly for recovery. Keep yourself accountable and set a goal on how often you want to do it.

2. Change your stride length
The fact is that the shorter your steps, the more calories you burn. Set a timer for 30 seconds and walk quick short strides, followed by 30 seconds of lunges, or longer strides. Keep this up for 5-10 minutes.

3. Change the surface
Walking on different surfaces makes it more challenging. The treadmill and road can become too comfortable. Switch up the terrain and go for a walk in the woods or at the beach.

4. Change your pace
Pick up your pace and get your heart rate up. One way is to focus on a landmark, like a light post, and walk fast until you reach it. Then slow down and pick another milestone. Or set a timer and walk fast for 1-2 minutes, slow down for recovery, then repeat.