Nothing beats running for burning calories, and the faster your feet hit the ground, the more calories you incinerate. Consider this: A 150-pound woman walking at a brisk four-miles-per-hour pace for half an hour burns 145 calories. The same woman running at six miles per hour torches 365 calories, and if she kicks it up to seven miles per hour, she melts 420 calories. The extra 275 calories she burns means she can have a 1.5-ounce dark chocolate bar, with calories to spare—or drop half a pound in a week if she runs daily. Who wouldn't pound the pavement or trails for that? Running pros chime in on techniques to help you accelerate.

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