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Is walking a good way to lose weight?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

There are so many different ways and approaches to weight loss that it can be hard to know which is the best for you. Determining your exercise of choice can depend on many factors including your current fitness level, your age, any physical impairments you might have and what your fitness goals are.

Walking is one of the best exercises for beginners and even experts because it is low stress on your joints and ligaments, it can be done virtually anywhere and it doesn't require any special equipment.

One of the keys to losing weight through walking is doing it in a way that is enjoyable for you. It is worth it to drive to scenic places that you will enjoy so that it will be new and interesting every time. Walking with a friend or family member is a good way of adding this excellent exercise to your life, it can keep you motivated and inspired to keep it up.

To make walking the best fat burning and health enhancing experience possible it is recommended that you make sure to challenge your body to prevent a plateau after the initial weight loss results that you will see after you take on this exercise. It is common among people who are avid walkers and also those whose profession requires a lot of walking, to plateau in their weight loss. The human body is an amazing and clever machine. Whenever you take on a new physical activity your body is shocked into making adjustments. This process helps to build the proper muscle and cardiovascular strength to meet the new physical demands that are required of it. This is bad news for people who want to lose weight by walking, because your body will become more efficient at delivering the oxygen to the muscles and will require less effort, therefore it will burn less fat. After you begin your walking regimen you will probably notice that you will lose some weight and walking will become easier, requiring much less effort than it did before. So how do you keep your fat burning to optimum levels? Simply put, by challenging your body.

There are two ways to challenge your body. Increase the time you exercise or increase the intensity at which you exercise. The first is self explanatory simply walk for longer. The problem with this concept is when is it enough? 30 minutes? 40? 90? Most people don't have that much time. So preferably it is better to change the intensity. You can take a route with more incline; use wrist or ankle weights, or walk faster. Whatever you do, make sure that you are always challenging yourself.



Sep 10, 2010 1:07am
I think walking while window shopping is more enjoyable.
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