Weight Loss from Walking
Do you wonder if it’s possible to lose weight just by walking? In other words, can you drop the extra pounds you’ve been carrying around simply by putting one foot in front of the other?
Some people are under the impression that you’ll only lose weight if you engage in a more rigorous form of exercise, such as jogging or running. However, walking can be just as beneficial in helping you reach your weight loss goals.
Creating a Walking Program that Works
If you’re trying to shed some pounds and are interested in using walking to help you, here are some ways to do just that when creating a walking program designed to trim, tone and tighten your body:
- Commit to walking 5-7 days a week. Because walking is low impact, you can (and should) do it most days of the week for maximum benefit without risking injury to your muscles or bones.
- Aim for 20-60 minute sessions. Ideally you want to walk long enough to get your heart rate going. Try to go for at least 20 minutes, but 60 minutes is better and will burn more calories.
- Vary your intensity. If you want to lose the most weight possible with your walking program, vary your intensity during the course of your walk. For example, walk slowly for two minutes and then kick it up a notch for two minutes. Go at a moderate pace for two minutes and then drop back to a slow pace for two. Alternate between intensities to burn more calories both during the course of exercise and after it’s complete.
Walking can work wonders for weight loss as long as you make it a regular part of your life and work it in a way that gets you the best results. Now lace up those shoes and walk your way to a thinner you!