Walking for weight loss is a wonderful way to start shedding those unwanted pounds. It will allow you to get in shape when you want and at the pace you want.

Walking can help provide the jump start people need and it is great for anyone who is out of shape and either can't afford to go to a fitness class or gym or who are simply not comfortable doing so.  It can also boost your confidence allowing you to branch out and try more varied workouts to help speed up your weight loss.

Walking for weight loss does not require any special equipment and you can do it whenever it's convenient for you, not when the class is being held.

There are many things you can do to increase the effectiveness of walking to get in shape. Change your route and try to walk on more hilly terrain. Walking uphill can do wonders for your legs and butt as well as increase the  cardio intensity.

Adding hand weights or ankle weights is also a great way to increase the benefits of walking.

To make things a little more fun and interesting, why not take your dog with you for a walk? Or, you could ask one, or more, of your friends to join you.

The only thing you will need is some good, comfortable shoes (though you may want to take some music and water along with you).

Keep in mind, though, that before you start any type of physical activity you should always talk to your doctor and make sure that you are healthy enough to do the activities you are planning. This is really important if you have some existing health issues or if you are overweight and haven't worked out for a long time.

Make sure you also drink plenty of water and eat properly. It's important to go light on carbs and get plenty of lean protein. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from "white" foods like white rice, white bread and potatoes. Instead eat whole grain bread and brown rice.

Also, make sure you get plenty of sleep and just take care of yourself starting from the inside out.

You can start slowly and just walk once a day. Eventually you can work your way up to walking more often, walking longer distances and for more time and walking uphill or with weights.
All these variations is why walking for weight loss is great for anyone.