Step by Step! If You’re Walking for Weight Loss, these Tips will Help You!
It’s time to get that New Year fitness resolution in gear with these walking for weight loss tips!
Believe us when we say we get it. Weight loss is no easy feat, especially if you’re just starting out. The thought of waking up bright and early to lift weights, do squats and acquire body pain isn’t exactly motivating. But, if you’re keeping your eye on the goal to lose weight, that’s more than enough motivation.
And here’s the great thing, you don’t have to go to the gym to lose weight. A great alternative to the grind of the gym is walking. This alternative form of weight loss solution has proven to be very effective, and a great introduction to fitness if you’re just starting out. However, walking has gotten a bad reputation as not being effective, which inst true. A lot of people believe that if it’s not in the gym then it’s not a workout. Well, we beg to differ.
Today we are going to share with you some helpful tips that will help you achieve the weight loss you desire from walking. We guarantee that if you follow these tips well, you will begin to see results in no time.
Pick Up the Pace
One thing to note at all times is that you are not just walking like you regularly do. Now, you’re walking to burn those extra calories and pace makes all the difference. If you walk regularly you will burn fewer calories compared to when you walk faster. So keep in mind – there is a need for speed!
Try Walking UpHill
Like we said earlier, walking for weight loss is no walk in the park – but it is a walk uphill. Notice how much more energy you exert when climbing up a flight of stairs or if you’re walking against a slope? It’s a testament to how much more physical fuel is needed to carry that out, as opposed to walking on plain ground. At least once or twice a week, walk uphill to burn even more calories.
Crank It Up with Artificial Weights
If you’d like to challenge yourself even more or have gotten used to your body weight, add some artificial weights. You can wear a weighted vest while you workout so you’re heavier and your body does more work or you can carry dumbells as you walk. The greater the weight, the greater the challenge to your body and the more effective your walk.
Target Walking for Longer
Based on common logic, the more you walk the more calories you burn. Studies show that you should take at least 10,000 steps a day but for weight loss, that number should gradually increase. Start with a bare minimum and as your body adjusts, walk for longer and take more steps to challenge your body and achieve better results.
Track Your Progress
If you can’t see where you’re coming from, it would be hard to know how far you’ve come. We encourage you to get some kind of fitness tracker that will help you record your progress. This will motivate you as you see yourself smashing new records daily.
We believe that you have what it takes to achieve your weight loss goals – all you have to do is take that first step and then another and you’ll be well on your way. Break your walking routine if you have to and pace yourself for the best results. Rome wasn’t built in a day but bricks were laid daily.
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