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Walk It Off for Weight Loss

If fitness has never been your thing but you are trying to lose weight, you should try walking. It is simple, free, and you can do it anywhere.

Walking for at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week is enough to start feeling the weight loss benefits. If you can work into your schedule an entire hour to walking, five days a week, you will of course reap more benefits. You need not walk all those minutes at one time, but just splitting up the walks to two half hour walks would be the most effective.

Not only is walking good for your brain and a wonderful way to reduce blood pressure, it is also a way to increase your aerobic stamina. Walking regularly also helps to strengthen your legs and prepare your joints for more strenuous activities like jogging. This is why walking is considered a threshold exercise; it prepares you for more and more types of exercise.

When using walking for weight loss, remember to add in brisk walking intervals and pump your arms vigorously too. Try to work some hills into your programs as you get stronger, this will increase the challenge as well.

A healthy lifestyle starts one step at time, so get walking.


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bodiezeffa bodiezeffa 9 years
I love walking too. I walk on my lunch hour, in the evenings I take my dogs walking. My Westie is 15yo, so sometimes he gets tired & I carry him. So I look at it as not such a fast walk cuz the dogs legs are short! So carrying my Bodie makes up it!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love walking. :)
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
Yay walking! I definitely got my 30 min in today!
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Thanks for this article Fit, I have been trying to increase my walks.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I like to take a walk after dark in my area (it's very quiet with no cars). It relaxes me and helps me sleep better and I lose weight doing it. It's great on a cool summer night.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
There are tons of articles here about running. I suggest using the search feature at the top.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Bookish - Carrying kids adds to the workout for sure. I like to carry one of my girls in piggy back fashion. I feel like it has got to be helping me build some bone density and endurance.
nancita nancita 9 years
I love walking for exercise on weekends when I don't feel like doing a full workout. I will just take a long, brisk walk and when I go back to gym on Monday, it's much easier to get back on track.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
I love walking when I go hiking. In Houston there are a few remote places that you can go to get away from the city-type environment and just go on nature hikes. I love it!
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I kind of agree, Missyd. I appreciate the articles about more moderate ways to get fit. Personally, I love to walk, but have to take my two kids (3 and 5) and a puppy along with me on walks- so we're not quite up to running yet. Maybe in a couple of years! I think it's nice to have a range of information, for both the seriously hardcore fitness buff, and for those people who are just looking to improve their health a bit. That way everyone can read and use the advice that's helpful to their situation, without feeling like they're being overlooked. So. Thanks for the article, Fit. Would carrying a 35 pound child home from the park be a decent substitute for arm-pumping? ;)
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
Missyd, I have recently started running and I would like to know about running & weightloss - it's as simple as that. I don't believe I said anything about all/nothing. Relax.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I like walking since I hate running.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I love walking since I can't run very often (exercise asthma and bad knees/lower back). When I commit to walking intervals for the majority of the week, I really feel it and feel more toned and lighter than air!
missyd missyd 9 years
yeah. I love that attitude 'we need an article running for weight loss', that totally contributes tot he all or nothing view. People seem to think unless you're doing something VIGOROUSLY, its useless. If people just chucked this attitude and did any kind of exercise at all, there would be less overweight people.
komler komler 9 years
It was something I noticed with Australia's Biggest Loser this season. There was a contestant there who couldn't do any high activity work-out, because of heart problems. He ended with a programme of 3x30 minutes walks a day. In combination with a new healthy diet, he lost an enormous amount of weight in the weeks he was on the show.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
we need an article about running for weightloss
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