Walking: Can I Lose Weight?

by Bea | June 18th, 2012 | Walking

As you know, there are many different ways to lose weight. For those of you who do not think that you can exercise as much as you need to in order to start losing weight, why don’t you start with walking and make your way up from there? Once you have walking down, you might be able to integrate some jogging and eventually running.

Walking can help you lose weight. If you are focused on losing weight by walking, you should be taking 12,000 to 15,000 steps per day. You can determine this by wearing a pedometer as much as possible. You should aim to walk at about 3-4 miles an hour. Briskly walking for 30 minutes a day can help you burn about 150 calories, or about a third of a pound per week. You do not have to do the 30 minutes of exercise in one sitting, but it might be more effective to do it that way. Of course, that all depends on who you are, and what your level of intensity is.

It is important to be careful you are not walking too much. If you start to hurt, take it back a few steps. Building stamina is very important so that you have a solid base. It is possible to walk too much. Walking too much often occurs with people who have other health-related limitations. If you have health-related limitations, I would advise you to talk to your doctor or a physical trainer before starting a walking plan.

Some people try to walk 10 miles a day. In my opinion, that is just too much; however, you are pretty much guaranteed to start losing weight and to start getting in shape like that. If you start to do more walking, it is important to make sure that you are prepared. This can be done by having enough water, having the right shoes, knowing the routes, and more. Walking is a great gateway for other physical activities, so if you do not know where to start with your weight loss program, start with walking!

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