It's time to start walking for weight loss. Walking is the ideal exercise for those of us with weight issues. It is a natural body movement (Kick boxing? Not so much.) and doesn't require any special coordination skills. It works our muscles in a consistent, uniform fashion, making it virtually free of risk of injury.
Even if you're significantly overweight or obese, you can walk for weight loss. It may sound like an exhausting proposition -- studies have proven that obese individuals exert more energy to walk than those of lower weight. But if you begin today by simply walking to the end of your block, or even just to your mailbox and back, it's a start.
Another reason to say yes to walking is the fact that more people tend to stick with walking in the long run than any other form of exercise. Walkers also tend to exercise more often and for longer duration than joggers, for example.
Your Body will Thank You
Even if you don't have a lot of weight to lose, you'll be doing your body a favor. The American Heart Association says walking conditions the heart and lungs when "performed at the proper intensity for 30 to 60 minutes at a time, at least three to four times a week (qtd. in Snowdon and Humphreys 42)."
Not by Diet Alone
If you're dieting, you still need to exercise. Studies have shown that those who successfully lose and keep weight off don't do it by just dieting. Most typically burn about 500 calories a day with exercise rather than cutting more calories from their diet.
Want to know the best part about walking if you're dieting? It's even been suggested that walking may decrease the appetite by its effect on the digestive system (Yanker).
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