Walking for Weight Loss
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Walking is by far the easiest of all weight loss plans. We all do it daily. There’s no equipment needed and you can do it anywhere.
Well almost anywhere.
Our bodies are made to move and if you’re not ready to get up and run, why not walk?
Toddlers can do it, you can too. Drunks can also do it, well, not very well but they are still able to do it. There’s really no excuse when it comes time to walking. You know you walk to the fridge, you walk to the couch, get up and walk around the block.
Here’s the real question, CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT BY WALKING? Absolutely!
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, slow weight loss is recommended for lasting results. So losing 1/2 pound to a pound a week is suggested in many weight loss plans. (If you’ve ever tried those “magic pills” or quick rapid weight loss plans, then you know it all comes back on just as fast).
We don’t want that! If you’re taking the time to lose weight and you’re doing it correctly, the last thing you want is to put it right back on. The process, or journey, you’re taking now is going to be for life. So instead of a diet it’s a life change.
Taking an average 30 minute stroll has so many benefits besides weight loss. Here’s some just to name a few:
- slowing mental decline
- lowering blood pressure
- improving sleep
- decrease in metabolic syndrome
- relieving depression
- cuts stroke risk by minimum of 20%
- healthy dose of vitamin D
- decrease in diabetes
- decrease in heart disease
So how exactly does walking help us lose weight?
One pound of body fat equals 3,500 calories. Completing 10,000 steps a day burns an EXTRA 2,000-3,500 extra calories each week. By walking 10,000 steps you lose one pound a week. Throw in some good old fashion weight training and you could be looking at double or possibly tripling that!
So if you have 15 pounds to lose, you could be there in a little under 4 months just from walking!
If you’re a mom, you can take the kids with you!
So, no need for a sitter and what a great example to set. Also, teaching them young how important it is to exercise will hopefully help them when their older!
There’s so many great devices out there that help track your walking. So keep in mind just using a pedometer isn’t always reliable. So keep in mind, they don’t always keep track of real steps. A device that tracks heart rate is always best.
The Fitbit brand is one of my favorite and can keep track of more information such as, step climbing, calorie counting and the TIME! That’s right it’s a cute little watch! Who would have thunk it?!
So what all do you need to get started?
My personal favorite and can’t walk without is music. I have to have my playlist or the whole entire time my brain is going….”stop, stop walking right now! Turn around and go home, you’re done, you’ve gone far enough”. So all I need is a few good tunes and I get lost in my songs and away I go.
Some people need to carry a water bottle with them. Since I personally don’t like to walk with anything in my hands but if it’s terribly hot out I will carry one. Also, I will stress the point of keeping hydrated!!!
(Click the link above to check out my favorite of the NordicTrac Treadclimber for home)
So there are some apps that have a personal trainer that works along side of your music to help motivate you to keep you going. But I’ve not tried one but I did just download one today and I’m looking forward to giving it a try.
Finally, wearing the proper gear will also help you on your walks. Too heavy or baggy clothes can actually be frustrating to wear. Check out amazing workout clothes in the link below!
Also, comment below on your walking routine!
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