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Walking: A Simple Way to Lose Weight

Walking to lose weight is one of the best ways a beginner can get into shape, and improve health easily. It’s cost effective, low impact, easy to do, and can be done alone or in a group.

To lose weight and make sure it doesn’t come back you must get moving and stay moving for at least 30-60min about 5 days a week. Just walking at a moderate pace burns stored fat and can build muscle throughout the body.

Walking to lose weight up to an hour a day greatly reduces the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, and diabetes.

I’ve heard people say that an hour is a lot, but one thing they don’t realize is you don’t even need a consistent hour. It can be broken down to two 30 minute walks.

Your health is valuable and taking a little time out of your day for yourself is vital to living a healthy life. It’s recommended that we get at least 10,000 steps per day, which can often times be the equivalent of about a 30 minute walk.

If you don’t know how many steps you’re taking per day you can purchase a pedometer (step counter) to assist with giving you a range of how many steps your taking daily.

I say range because not all pedometers are made equal and sometimes not all your steps may be counted. So depending on how serious you are about getting those steps in you may want to find a pretty good pedometer.

With that being said any amount of activity is best as long as it’s not the usual day for you. Do a little extra each day. You will benefit off any extra activity you do because the body will adapt.

Studies have shown that people that get up to 10,000 steps daily experience health benefits like reducing blood pressure, improving glucose levels, and decreasing heart rate to name a few. Plus you feel a lot better too.

And when the weight drops you may think you look a lot better.

The average US adult gets about 5900 steps in a day so if that’s you working your way up to 8000 should be your first goal. Maybe add an extra 10 minute walk in your day, take the stairs, or park further away when running errands.

All little things that won’t get in the way or your day and after a while you probably won’t even notice. Once it becomes routine it will be just what you do.

If you’re not used to getting 10000 steps in a day don’t overdo it. Set goals for yourself and you’re on your way up. If you have any doubts, concerns, or health issues consult your doctor before doing any form of exercise that may cause any issues.

Safety first!

Walking: A Simple Way to Lose Weight was last modified: February 27th, 2015 by BJ Henderson

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