Most people opt for running, strength training or HIIT when they decide to get in shape. They don’t realize that walking can help them lose weight and get fit.
Walking is best exercise for beginners, obese, overly overweight or injured people. Even fit folks should walk every day. Now, it won’t get you ripped, but it’ll burn fat and give you lots of other benefits.
This year you don’t need a complex workout routine to attain your ideal weight. Here are surefire ways to walk off excess weight in 2017.
1. Know the Steps You Should Walk Every Day
Walking 2,000 steps a day won’t help transform your body. You need to walk many steps to burn fat. It’s estimated that walking 10,000 steps burns 500 calories. But you need to aim higher – 15,000 to 20,000 thousand steps a day.
Now, don’t walk 20,000 steps the first day. Work your way up by increasing steps every day. Wear a pedometer to easily track your steps.
2. Take Mini Walks
Walking 20,000 steps at once is quite challenging, but it’s totally doable if you take small walks through the day. In one study, subjects who took 15-minute walks after each meal had better blood sugar levels and lost weight.
Plan for specific times when you will go for walks and feel free to walk any other time you want. You can’t walk too much!
3. Walk More on the Weekend
Most people slack on the weekends and end up bingeing. All this can be avoided by going for long walks. Sixty minute walks on the weekend will promote weight loss and relieve stress.
4. Be Ready to Walk
It’s not possible to walk a long distance while wearing heels. So make sure you have walking shoes in the car or office.
Take advantage of the free time you have. Go for a walk instead of sitting on the couch watching TV. Make walking your number one pastime activity.
5. Write Down a Plan
Reading the information above isn’t enough. Go ahead a design a plan that fits your schedule. Decide your steps daily steps target, the steps you’ll start with, steps you’ll add each day, walking duration for weekend and so on.
You have better chances of success if you have a plan.