According to the research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, brisk walking can actually help stop women from gaining weight, or even lose weight. Their study shows that even a 30-minute walk can help women achieve this. Furthermore, their research showed that women who are overweight actually gained more benefits compared to women who are lean when it comes to brisk walking.
Brisk walking is not only helpful in terms of burning calories but also in terms of improving your stamina, strengthening your muscles and maintaining a healthy heart. Walking is such a great activity because you don’t need expensive equipment to do it; all you need are comfortable clothes and running shoes. It’s important to note that even though you are not running it’s important to wear shoes that can absorb the impact of each step. Nonetheless, walking can be done almost anywhere, so you can easily integrate it to your lifestyle.
Another fun way to enjoy walking is to measure the number of steps you have done in a day. According to a study, walking 10,000 steps a day will help improve your health considerably. This includes walking around the house, or to the office or school, even walking around the supermarket, or the park. But how do you measure how much you’ve walked in a day? There are many affordable pedometers you can buy nowadays. All you need to do is to wear them every day. Who knows? You might surprisingly find that you already walk an average of 10,000 steps per day. Wouldn’t that be great?!
With this exercise you’ll be able to burn around 400 calories; of course, if you are trying to lose weight then you should target to burn more calories, perhaps around 600 calories. Like any weight loss program, you should not just look at how much calories you have burned but also take note of the calories you take in. So, it really is a combination of brisk walking and proper diet.
10,000 steps can be a bit overwhelming as a start, so like any exercise consult your doctor to ensure that you’re fit for this type of activity, especially if you have any knee or leg injury, or if you have had one in the past. It is also strongly recommended to start slow, and not go for 10,000 immediately, especially if this is the first time you will perform this exercise. Remember what’s important is to develop the discipline to walk every day. You can start as low as around 1,000 steps, and then gradually move it up bit by bit.
There are many ways to make brisk walking an enjoyable activity. You can walk with your family and friends; make it a regular healthy bonding activity. If you have a dog, then you can walk your pet as well. On a regular working or school day, perhaps you can leave early, and then walk your way to your office or school if it’s only a few blocks away. Even if you’re taking public transport, perhaps you can go down a few blocks away and walk the few remaining blocks. If you drive your own car, you can park farthest from the building, so you get the chance to walk as well. You’ll be able to find many ways or opportunities for you to walk and achieve those 10,000 steps! So, what are you waiting for? Start walking and start losing weight!
Set a goal and try to get yourself to be walking 3 miles a day!!! (you can walk 3 miles in 45 minutes easily) GET TO IT!!!