WALKING AND WEIGHT LOSS
If you were interested in losing weight, would you believe me if I told you that you could do it by walking? Most feel as though the only way we can lose weight is through hours of cardio and/or high-intensity training. But that kind of strenuous activity isn’t for everyone. In fact, your doctor may not recommend that for you.
𝐖𝐀𝐋𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝟑 𝐓𝐎 𝟒𝐗 𝐏𝐄𝐑 𝐖𝐄𝐄𝐊 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐓 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐓 𝟑𝟎 𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐔𝐓𝐄𝐒 𝐂𝐀𝐍 𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐏 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐋𝐎𝐒𝐄 𝐖𝐄𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓.
Ways to lose weight by walking…
KEEP IT INTERESTING
I’m a person that needs to be entertained or busy almost constantly. So when I started to incorporate walking in my weekly routine I would change up my speeds periodically throughout my route to help keep the intensity up as well as keep myself entertained.
Stroll: this would be a pace that you could find yourself walking while grocery shopping.
Brisk walk: this would be a pace slightly faster than a stroll.
Power walk: this would be a fast walking pace where I’m pumping my arms to keep up the tempo.
For example, I would start with a stroll walk to warm up and then transition into 1-minute brisk walk-2 minute power walk intervals, and then cool down with a stroll or moderate-walking pace.
FIND A WALKING PARTNER
Having someone to go on your walks can also help keep things interesting. You should be able to hold a conversation while walking. The extra company can help pass the time and is a great time to catch up. Almost any distraction possible will help make this seem like less of a workout, which is always a plus. Also, having an accountability partner will only set you up for success!
Consider adopting a pet
Dogs don’t just love to be walked, they need to be walked!
MEDICAL BENEFITS OF WALKING
It has been proven that incorporating a simple walking routine in your weekly schedule has medical benefits. Walking can increase your cardiovascular endurance as well as improve circulation throughout the entire body. Improving your circulation decreases joint pain you may be having that is caused by a buildup of plaque deep in your arteries.
If you typically find yourself sitting most of your day your legs may swell and retain water. When you are able go for a walk or run to shake out all the water retention.
SUPPLEMENT WITH HEALTHY FOODS
While walking is a great cardiovascular exercise, supplementing with a healthy nutrition plan and plenty of water will increase your weight loss. Choosing healthy foods will provide endless benefits to your overall health, as well as aid in weight control. Be sure to hydrate as well. Try to follow the suggested 1oz. of water per pound of bodyweight a day. For example, if you weigh 130 lbs. you should be consuming at least a gallon of water per day. Hydrating enough will help keep you fuller longer!
So go ahead and put those walking shoes on, because you CAN lose weight by walking. Like anything that is fitness related…you just have to start.
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