Walking - it’s a GREAT way to 'get skinny' and to stay in shape. Combined with a sensible diet, it not only helps us lose weight, but also has many health benefits, including:
And, trust me on this…once it becomes your new habit, you’ll always find time to fit it in to your day. It will be that important to you!
The answer is… It Depends!
Check out this article at Livestrong.com:
“A person who weighs 140 pounds burns 220 calories walking for an hour at 3 mph, but the 200-pound person burns 314 calories -- more than a 50 percent increase in calories burned. If you carry extra weight, hit that treadmill. You will see your weight come off more quickly than your thinner peers’ weight comes off. You lose one pound of weight for every 3,500 calories you burn. The 170-pound person walking an hour at 3 mph burns 267 calories per day, so it would take 3,500 divided by 267, or about 13 days to burn a pound.”
That’s about 28 pounds a year!
Ready to take up your new 'sport?'
The Mayo Clinic offers this strategy:
In a 2003 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers studied the effects of walking on two groups of overweight individuals. One group exerted an average of 1000 calories per week, while the second group strolled briskly for an average of 75 minutes per day for a 6 month period, to achieve an average energy expenditure of 2500 calories per week.
The second group showed a higher amount of weight lost over a six month period and an even greater difference after 12 and 18 months, respectively. You can read more about this study at http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/4/684.full.
I make it a point to meet my quota each week. It’s one of my ‘habits’ and I’ve built it into my weekly routine; about 30 minutes (brisk), three days per week, usually at our local mall – where there are lots of others getting their exercise, too!
You should try it! I wear my good quality tennis shoes and shorts. It feels good to know that I’m burning calories, strengthening my bones, and toning my muscles. Plus, it energizes me!
Let me add this… when I need to lose a few pounds, I ramp up my routine. I go further, get brisker, and for longer periods…until those extra pounds are gone. It never fails!
Another tip! Try wearing a pedometer. It's a great motivator and will keep you focused. Work up to 10,000 steps (about 5 miles) every day!
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