Don’t you have time or money to go to the gym, but you want to lose some pounds? Then, I recommend walking to lose weight. It costs you nothing and no matter where you live. You can walk whenever you want.
It is an underestimated fitness activity, but it can be a perfect workout to burn fat, tone your lower and even upper body muscles. We should not forget those mental benefits, as well.
Believe it or not walking can be as efficient as running although it needs more time.
If you live in a warmer climate, you can have a walk all year. If the summers are too hot, then you should exercise early in the mornings or later in the evenings. If the winters are too cold, then you may choose a big mall.
Doctors suggest at least 10000 steps each day. That seems to be too much but if you use your legs instead of your car and have training at least three times a week, you can reach that number quickly. Take every possibility to go on foot! (It is even a great family activity)
Anyway, do not think that if you walk you will lose weight over a month. Getting rid of pounds mostly depends on your nutrition. But the combination of a walking program and a healthy diet can bring results sooner than you think.
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The following presentation shows how many calories you can burn. The interesting is that there is not such a big difference between running and walking.
Walking exercise plan to lose weight
Here are two programs for beginners and for those who are on better fitness level.
What are the health benefits of walking?
Check the following video what experts think about walking.
More benefits …
If you do not change your diet, but spend some time with walking, at least you will not gain more weight. You can only lose weight if you take in fewer calories than you use. You should stick to this routine every day for the long term.
I know there are so many “magic” pills, supplements and diets out there, but the basic of weight loss is consuming less than you use or burn more calories than you take in.
Hiking can help to burn calories naturally. This activity moves your entire body, contributes to developing your cardiovascular system and it releases stress. On top of that, if you walk you less likely become injured.
Also, you do not have to be well-trained to start, and your age is not important at all.
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What do you need to have good workouts?
A solid pair of walking shoes. You do not need to buy the most expensive ones, just pick a pair you can afford. However, if you are overweight, I recommend going into a sports shop and ask the experts what sorts of shoes are the most suitable for you.
One more suggestion of mine. If you suffer from some sort of illness or pain in your limbs, always get in touch with your doctor and ask his advice.
You should also use your common sense. If it is too hot outside, do not walk, and that is the same if it is too cold. Always take a bottle of water with you and increase the distance gradually.
Overall, walking for weight loss can be efficient if you change your eating habit. Forget your car and walk 30-40 minutes at least 4-5 times a week for your health and to get rid of some pounds.