Trying to lose weight? How about walking for weight loss?
It seems so simple, but it’s true. Walking is one of the best ways to lose weight naturally. There are no expensive gym memberships, no specified times, no special equipment needed. It's just you, a good pair of running shoes and the open road - or an indoor track or treadmill!
I live in Ontario, Canada. So the weather outside is not always great for getting outside for exercise!
I like to run and be outdoors, but I’m the first to admit that I’m a... 'fair-weather runner'. I don’t like to brave the cold, the snow and the ice...Brrrrrrrrrr... it’s just not my style!
Give me a warm spring day anytime! Other options include checking out your local community centre for an indoor track or maybe the local high school has an early morning walking program.
There are a few things to keep in mind when you begin your walking program.
We all eat too much and exercise too little. Canine obesity is a real problem.
Check out this article about fat dogs on my friend Sandra's website all about dog health and nutrition.
A lot of our furry friends are crated all day while we work and they don’t get the amount of exercise that they need to stay healthy.
So, like humans do, they become 'canine couch potatoes' and begin to look like a potato too!
If you don't own a dog, you could always go to your local Humane Society, rescue or shelter and ask to be a dog walker. What a beautiful way to give love to these wonderful animals! And you BOTH get exercise!
Well that depends on you!
Start with 20 minutes and pick a scenic route if you can. If you’re not sure where to go, then just start walking and turn around after 10 minutes.
I do that when I’m running for weight loss. If I don’t know how far a distance is, and I want to run for 30 minutes, I start running. After 15 minutes, I simply turn around and follow my same route back.
Set some goals for yourself.
Start with 20 minutes the first two weeks and then increase to 30 minutes in week three.
How Many Calories Will You Burn?
Based of a speed of 3.0mph (miles per hour), you will burn approximately:
Time: 150 lb person 175 lb person 200 lb person
10 minutes 49 calories 99 calories 66 calories 20 minutes 99 calories 115 calories 132 calories 30 minutes 148 calories 173 calories 198 calories
Fuel Your Body!
As you can see, walking for only 10 minutes isn't a huge calorie burner but it's a great place to get started if you haven't been active at all. Nutrition plays a KEY part in weight loss as well. Check out my pages on sugar and fitness nutrition for more tips!
I like to follow up my walking for weight loss with a Healthy Smoothie!
Walking for weight loss should be fun!
See you on the road!
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