It’s easy to take stroll for granted as a kind of exercising. After all, it’s how we move around in the world every day, so it can be hard to believe it’ll knock off pounds. But research shows that strolling is a surprisingly strong health and fitness strategy.
It matters how you walk, though.
A study in Journal of Applied Physiology found that strolling rapidly with hand and ankle weights was comparable to slow running. And research from the University of Virginia revealed that mixing short, fast walks with longer, more leisurely ones was an effective route for obese females to lose belly fat.