To lose weight, you simply have to take in fewer calories than you burn. Once you have a healthy diet in place, it’s time to get down to exercise. This should include seven days a week, 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise. It can be running on a treadmill, swimming, or even walking to lose weight. Walking is a low impact way to accomplish the exercise goal. With a few tips in mind it can be even better.
Walking for 30 minutes a day seven days a week is a great start. In fact, it’s much better than the five day, or even three day, plan that many people recommend. 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week just isn’t enough. The body needs work every day. That means seven days a week and if walking is the way to make that tolerable every day for the rest of your life, then walk.
But then more can be added. Additional activity, outside that 30 minutes a day seven days a week, is easy. Park the car further from the store or office, then walk. Instead of gobbling a bagel while riding the elevator up to your floor, enjoy a banana while walking up the stairs. When it’s time to rid the yard of leaves use the old fashioned hand rake rather than the leaf blower. Muscle power is exercise. If you have kids get involved in their games of tag, or chase. They’ll love it and so will your body.
After getting accustomed to walking that 30 minutes every day, make some adjustments by adding intervals. Intervals are short bursts of increased activity sprinkled into a normal routine. Start out by running for 30 seconds every 10 minutes of the walk. Gradually increase this to a one minute run every five minutes, which would work like this. You walk for the first four minutes, then run for the fifth, then walk the next four minutes, run the next minute, and so on for the entire 30 minutes. Keep in mind that a run is not a jog, it’s faster, like a sprint. So if you have to work up to run with jog at first.
Walking to lose weight is healthy, no doubt. But it’s also a great way to get around the neighborhood, meet neighbors, and see things you probably miss while driving around everywhere you go. If it gets boring you can ask a spouse or family member to join you. Make it a family affair, or get the whole neighborhood involved.