In today’s world, most of us get around by car or public transportation. We probably do very little walking. We walk from our car to the grocery store, mall, work, public transit, etc.
However, with the release of new activity tracking devices such as the Fitbit and Apple Watch, some of us are becoming more active from this. It tracks the number of steps you take. Some of us strive to get 10,000 steps per day. However, I know that some Fitbit and Apple watch wearers try to “trick” their watch by walking in place. Is this enough to get your heart rate up?
Lose Weight Walking
You can lose weight walking! Walking is a cardiovascular activity. And brisk walking is a low impact, moderate intensity cardiovascular activity which means we expend energy and burn calories just by walking. This is ideal for pretty much anyone and it’s low cost. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes.
These simple steps can have a huge impact on your overall health. So lets park a little further or go for a stroll during lunch or make time in our busy schedules to go for a walk.
You can also increase the intensity of your walks by walking at a faster pace and walking at an incline (or up a hill). This will increase calories burned and subsequently fat loss.
Have you ever lost weight while on an active holiday? When I go away and do alot of sightseeing, I tend to walk a lot! Like I’m out from morning until dinner time. I put alot of mileage in my shoes! And, of course, when you’re away you’re going to eat and drink and be merry! Did you gain any weight after your active vacation? Probably not and that’s from all the walking you did while you were away.
When I’m trying to lean out, I will include walking on the treadmill at an incline with my powerlifting program. However, if you’re trying to gain strength, there’s a fine line with doing cardio and gaining muscle. More on this in a future post.
All it takes is walking at a certain pace in order to get your heart rate up for a certain period of time to burn calories. You can lose weight by walking, along with a balanced diet.
So what’s stopping you from walking towards your best new body?? And remember, consistency is key!