Wait, Prancercise might actually work

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Great news: You might burn more calories just from walking around than you think you do. Engineering researchers at Ohio State University theorized that since people don't walk at a constant speed IRL, studies on calorie expenditure have likely been shortchanging us. So for a study published in Biology Letters, they had participants walk on a treadmill set at a low speed and asked them to alternate between walking faster (closer to the display) and slower (more toward the back) and found that varying your walking pace can burn up to 20 percent more calories compared to maintaining a steady pace. They say that just the act of changing speeds takes energy that isn't accounted for in calorie-burning estimates.

So continue to speed up through those crosswalks and downshift as you pass people swiping on Tinder. It you want to really feel the burn, follow this advice from study co-author Manoj Srinivasan, who leads the Movement Lab at Ohio State: "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." In other words, channel your inner Joanna Rohrback and Prancercise your heart out. White pants optional.

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CRESTED BUTTE, CO - SEPTEMBER 06: Joanna Rohrback leads guests in a unique morning Prancersize workout at Bud Light's Whatever, USA on September 6, 2014 in Crested Butte, Colorado. (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for Bud Light)
CRESTED BUTTE, CO - SEPTEMBER 06: Joanna Rohrback leads guests in a unique morning Prancersize workout at Bud Light's Whatever, USA on September 6, 2014 in Crested Butte, Colorado. (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for Bud Light)
COCONUT CREEK, FL - APRIL 25: Joanna Rohrback creator of Prancercise appears at at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on April 25, 2014 in Coconut Creek, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
Prancercise founder and internet sensation Joanna Rohrback demonstrates her 'springy, rhythmic way of moving forward' at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on June 18, 2013 in Coconut Creek, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Prancercise founder and internet sensation Joanna Rohrback demonstrates her âspringy, rhythmic way of moving forwardâ at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on June 18, 2013 in Coconut Creek, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Prancercise founder and internet sensation Joanna Rohrback demonstrates her âspringy, rhythmic way of moving forwardâ at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on June 18, 2013 in Coconut Creek, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
COCONUT CREEK, FL - JUNE 18: Joanna Rohrback, the creator of Prancercise, makes an appearance at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on June 18, 2013 in Coconut Creek, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
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