This Article is about walking to lose weight
Walking to burn calories and fat is one of the easiest forms of exercise you can do without even feeling like you are exercising. Anyone physically able to walk of course can do it. Whether you are elderly, over weight, lazy or extremely out of shape or maybe even in fairly good shape everyone can benefit from a good stroll. Walking is so easy to do and sadly so many people do not make the time to take a leisurely stroll. However they somehow have time to sit and watch an episode of Survivor or Dancing with the Stars, maybe even a fitness type show like The Ultimate Fighter.
How about walking on your treadmill while watching those shows?
Yes you can just walk on your treadmill you dont have to jog or run.
Let’s get started
The idea here is to get your body moving and blood flowing. One of the nice things about walking is that you can walk with others and have a conversation and the time will just fly by without you even noticing. Now to get started what do you think it is that you need to make sure you have a great walk? Probably a well fitting pair of walking shoes dont you think? You could also wear a pair of jogging shoes if you already have a pair of those.
Next thing you need is the right apparel. Pants and a shirt that are not to tight so you can stride comfortably and swing your arms without restriction.
The next thing you need is to be well hydrated. If you are dehydrated you will lose energy quickly and will not push yourself hard enough or benefit as much as you could if you had enough water in you. Some people like to bring a water bottle with them on their walk which is a great idea especially if it is a hot sunny day. If it is sunny wearing some type of hat is also a good idea. Now you need your favorite place to walk and go and enjoy it.
How long or far should you go?
If you are not used to exercising you dont want to overdo it the first time or few times you go out or you will be to tired and possibly to sore right off the bat and might get discouraged. I am going to suggest you stick to a time of twenty to thirty minutes every day for the first two weeks walking at a slow to moderate pace.
The distance you walk will be however far you happen to be able to walk in twenty to thirty minutes. It will differ from person to person and keep in mind you are not competing with anyone else. You are trying to improve your own health so it does not matter how far or fast the next person walks, just be concerned with your own situation. For the first couple of weeks keep the time you walk to no more than thirty minutes but if you find you can walk a bit further in the same amount of time then go for it. After a couple of weeks start to add five minutes each week to your walk and see if you can walk a bit further at the end of the week than you did atthe start of the week when you extended your time walking.
Time to get started with your walking program
Thats pretty much all you need to know to get started in a good walking program. Dont put too much pressure on yourself and if you have to miss a day here and there that is just fine. Just remember to get back out there when you can. Consistency is the key to success at anything in life.
If you are interested in figuring out how many calories you are burning when walking there are many websites you can search for that offer walking calculators for you to use for free.
Remember, to lose weight you have to put your body into a calorie deficit meaning you have to consume fewer
calories per day than your body requires to maintain itself. If you take in 500 calories less a day than you require to maintain then you will easily lose a pound a week, probably more since you are walking.
If you are not sure how many calories you need then check out the links I have included one for women and one for men.
Good luck with your walking and weight loss program.