Walking is a good form of exercise. But if your goal is to lose weight, walking might not be enough.
Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. of the Mayo Clinic says restricting your calorie intake is usually the most effective way to lose weight. But she says, an increase in physical activity is an essential factor in any weight-loss program. Walking is a great way to start.
Walk to get fit
Walking is an easy, low-impact exercise that can help you get to higher levels of fitness. It safe, simple, doesn’t require training or practice, and offers may health benefits. Walking helps:
- Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
- Increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
- Lower your blood pressure
- Boost your mood
- Stay strong and fit
- Lower your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
- Manage your weight
Walk your weight off
In order to lose weight however, you have to consider other factors. Look at this way, to lose one pound you have to burn 3,500 calories. If you cut about 500 calories your diet, you could lose that pound in about a week. If you add 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, you could burn another 150 calories. Brisk walk for twice as long and you could burn 300 calories a day. The more you walk, and the faster the pace, the more calories you’ll burn.
The bottomline is to eat healthy, cut back on your calorie intake a bit, and, and exercise.