Losing Weight By Walking
Walking is one of the best ways to lose weight, as well as stay in shape and radically reduce your risks of developing a cardiovascular disease. In fact, just a simple 20-minute walk every day can make such a difference in helping you get fit!
They are two main factors that determine the number of calories that you burn during a walk: how you walk and your current weight. For example, if you walk 4-5 miles per hour, you can burn through up to 400 calories in one hour. If you slow down, of course, you will burn less.
It's highly recommended to plan and stick a daily walking routine; even a low, relaxing pace will contribute to your overall health and your weight. If possible, include slopes that you can climb along your route and you will see better results. To keep track of how many calories you're burning and the distances you're achieving, you can even activate the pedometer that nearly all phones and electronic devices now include!
The average adult in the US takes between 5,000 to 7,000 steps in a day. If you are trying to lose weight, you'll want to up that number in order to see some results. Most people burn about 300 calories in one hour of walking at a regular pace, so feel free to run the calculation yourself to see how many extra miles you could add to reach your weight loss goals.
We should also point out that many health experts have recommended an average of 10,000 steps per day for best practice – even for those who are simply maintaining their weight! So no matter your goals, there is definitely a good reason for everybody to start incorporating a daily walk into their routine.
No time to fit in a walk? Here's a bit of advice: avoid taking your car, the bus, or taxis whenever possible. Go on foot. Avoid taking the elevator and take the stairs instead. Also, don't set yourself impossible goals: just try for 20 minutes of real walking in your day. We guarantee you'll start to see the difference!
So...are you ready?