Can Walking Help Me Lose Weight?
Walking is a great way to get some fresh air and get your body moving. It’s also a low-impact exercise that requires no equipment! But is walking enough to help you lose weight? Since this month’s fitness challenge is to increase your number of daily steps, we’re diving into the ways you can get the most out of walking and the facts on what walking more can do for your body.
How To Walk For Weight Loss
Increasing your daily activity while being mindful about what you eat is a great strategy for weight loss. Here are some ways to boost your progress.
- Do More: If your routine already includes a quick walk with the dog every night, try doubling your walk time or adding in more walks throughout the week.
- Pick Up The Pace: If you usually enjoy a gentle stroll, try focusing on speed. This will get your heart rate up and help you burn more calories.
- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Increase calorie burn by walking up hills, taking the stairs, or incorporating hills into your exercise routine.
- Mix It Up: Try walking intervals. Walk as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then walk at a slower, more comfortable pace for 30 seconds. Then repeat!
- Watch Your Form: Tighten your abs while you walk and check your posture.
- Make It A Habit: A daily walk can be part of your everyday routine. You might be surprised how much you look forward to this opportunity to clear your mind and get in family time or a little “me” time.
- Step Up Your Game: Want to up the intensity? Add bodyweight exercises to your walk. If you’re keeping track of time, stop every five minutes to do squats, push-ups or lunges.
- Get Your Steps In: Try our 5 tips for sneaking in more steps throughout the day.
Other Benefits of Walking
- You may not think of walking as a form of cardio, but it’s a great way to improve your heart health.
- Regular exercise reduces your risk of developing health problems like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
- Walking can improve your cognition and improve your mental health.
So lace up your shoes, leash up the dog, invite the family, and get out there. It’s time to walk the talk!