A study by Indian-origin researchers suggests that if you are looking for a simple way to burn more calories while walking, just keep changing your speed. Walking at varying speeds can burn up to 20 percent more calories compared to maintaining a steady pace, the findings showed. "We found that changing speeds can increase the cost of walking substantially," said study co-author Manoj Srinivasan, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at The Ohio State University in the US. The researchers found that up to eight percent of the energy we use during normal daily walking could be due to the energy needed to start and stop walking. For the study, they measured the cost of changing walking speeds by having people change their walking pace on a treadmill while its speed remained steady. "Walking at any speed costs some energy, but when you are changing the speed, you're pressing the gas pedal, so to speak. Changing the kinetic energy of the person requires more work from the legs and that process certainly burns more energy," first author of the study Nidhi Seethapathi, doctoral fellow in mechanical engineering at Ohio State University explained. For more tips on how to burn more calories when walking, Srinivasan offers some simple advice: walk in a way that feels unnatural. "How do you walk in a manner that burns more energy? Just do weird things. Walk with a backpack, walk with weights on your legs. Walk for a while, then stop and repeat that. Walk in a curve as opposed to a straight line," he said. The results suggest that by using traditional methods, people may be underestimating the number of calories burned while walking in daily life or playing sports. The study appeared in the journal Biology Letters.Source: IANS << Ebola Reappears in A Nurse Who Contracted the Virus Before Sex Change Hormonal Treatment May Alter Brain Chemistry >> Recommended Reading A Walking Event to Raise Funds for the Disease to be Held at Portsmouth, USA Walk to End Alzheimer's is an annual event that brings the community together to remember and support those affected by Alzheimer's disease. READ MORE Are You Scared of Walking Home Alone? Get a Virtual Company With This App An application named "Companion" is developed with the aim of providing lone travelers with peace of mind and help them avoid dangerous situations. READ MORE Walking Breaks Between Sedentary Activity Reduces Risk For Diabetes In Children Children were better able to maintain blood sugar levels when their sitting was interrupted in the middle of watching a television program or other sedentary activity. READ MORE 30 Minutes of Brisk Walking Daily Can Control Irregular Heartbeat in Obese People Cardiorespiratory fitness reduced the risks of the potentially dangerous heartbeat to 84 percent in obese people which was even more than losing weight. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Burns Burn injuries have reached epidemic proportions in recent years. Burn accident statistics show that at least 50% of all burn accidents can be prevented. READ MORE How to Keep Christmas Calories under Control Christmas festivities need not to be synonymous with weight gain and obesity. With some low calorie Christmas recipes you can indulge in low calorie Christmas treats and desserts this festive season. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE The Spark Solution Diet Spark solution diet promises to be an effective method of permanent weight loss. This might be the solution for weight loss to achieve the desired results. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Color Blindness Calculator Diaphragmatic Hernia Drug Interaction Checker More News on: BurnsWhy Do We Eat - Nutrition FactsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseHow to Keep Christmas Calories under ControlThe Spark Solution DietWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?