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CHEAT: Walk, don't run

DEETS: When it comes to losing fat, a good old-fashioned power walk (leg-warmers optional) runs rings around running according to owner and founder of Blue Sky Health & Fitness Amanda Ferguson (blueskyfitness.com.au). NSW PT of the Year and Jetts trainer Jarrad Sullivan says power walking matches running in the fat burn stakes, with the fringe benefit of lowering injury risk (that's reaching your goal sooner in our impatient lingo).

"Walking has just the same amount of benefits as running," Sullivan says. In a 2007 study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, people who walked for an hour a day shed 12 to 14 per cent of their starting weight when consuming 1,500 calories a day. The key to making walking work for fat loss is increasing the intensity (it's not a stroll). "What you want to aim for is to increase your speed and distance over time. You'll need to increase your heart rate and challenge yourself," Ferguson says. The intervals so-hot-right-now in running circles are also transferable to walking.

"By adding in interval workouts and hills to your running regime you will help speed up this process. Interval workouts can be less rest, running faster or adding in hills or steps." Powerwalking on challenging surfaces such as sand will ensure you're still being pushed while decreasing the risk of injury. Concrete's an ankle killer. "Aim to walk a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes per day, four to six days a week," Sullivan says.

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