Pippa Middleton has an incredible figure, and while some of it will be down to genetics, exercise and diet play a huge part. Growing up, Pippa, her sister Kate Middleton and her brother James Middleton took part in a variety of sports and as a family, the Middleton’s spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors. For anyone looking to kickstart their health this January, Pippa has a 10-week tone up plan which starts gently by encouraging more walking.
“Take walking – by this, I mean brisk, vigorous walking.
“It could be as simple as planning a regular daily route, using lunchtime to stretch your legs or signing up for an organised walk.
“Walking gives you time to yourself and to feel the health benefits, regular power walks at a moderate-to-high intensity will give you those wonderful endorphins – invaluable to staying positive and crunching calories.
“These exercises will ensure your posture is correct so that you tone up and maximise your workout,” she added.
3. Use your arms
Upper body limbs play a key role in fast walking.
Pippa advises: “For maximum speed, bend your elbows at 90 degrees and drive your arms back and forth at pace.
“Walking with wrist weights or light dumbbells will help build power, too.”
Ankle or wrist weights can be used for this movement, choose ones with weights between one and three pounds.
The amount of calories you burn walking depends on your weight, and the speed and intensity you walk.
According to Calories Burned HQ, walking five miles a day, the average person will burn 350 to 600 calories.
Walking five miles a day for five days a week will burn an extra 1,750 to 3,000 calories.
Without changing your diet, you are likely to lose half to 1lb of fat per week. This could lead to a weight loss of 12lb, or just under one stone, in three months.