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Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson endorses walking workouts

Tracy Anderson insists there is no better exercise than walking and, if it's done right, the exercise can burn more calories than running.

Tracy Anderson, who has trained Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow, is a huge fan of walking.

If running isn't your bag, she advises hitting the pavement at a slower place.

"I always approve walking as a really great cardiovascular workout to do," smiles Anderson, who founded the Tracy Anderson Method, and has also trained Kim Kardashian, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Richie, and Courteney Cox, among other celebrities. "It's something that people think is for the aging crowd or that it's not really aggressive enough, and I completely disagree with that," Anderson tells "It's a really responsible form of exercise."

Anderson, 31, doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk too, insisting it's one of her own favourite ways to exercise.

"One of the great things about walking is that it's something that almost everybody can do," she notes. "It's something that is very healthy because it doesn't have a harsh impact on your joints. And even though you are doing the same movement over and over, you can change your speed, you can change your stride, you can change all different things to keep yourself engaged."

Anderson is hosting Dress for Success' sixth annual Los Angeles Power Walk on September 24 (16) and is keen to emphasise that walking can zap more calories than running.

"You burn less calories running than walking if you aren't able to run for very long or run very well," she explains. "To really be effective and calorie-burning, you have to be able to work your body to where it's working up a sweat, where it's pushing into that zone of actually being optimised to be effective in the calorie-burning range, so it's much better to go for a long and powerful walk than it is to go for a short run."

She also recommends adding music to any workout.

"If you walk for exercise, put on your headphones, put on a good playlist, because you do become more internally charged to music."

Anderson initially trained as a dancer in New York City but after she gained 40 pounds, turned to a new career in fitness training and weight loss. She now owns five workout studios, and has several profitable sidelines, including videos, an online programme called TA Video Streaming, fitness apparel and even her own studio flooring company, called Cardio Fly.

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