Is Walking Enough For Weight Loss?
If you hit a weight-loss plateau, try to incorporate other types of exercise, advised Kate Huether, MD. In addition to walking between 8,000 and 12,000 steps a day, Canu advises her clients to include two to three strength-training workouts a week. This is in line with the AHA's recommendation that adults add strength-training workouts twice a week.
But you'll find the best results if you include high-intensity interval (HIIT) workouts three times a week, which implement both cardio and strength training, advised NASM-certified trainer Hannah Viva with Fit Body Boot Camp. She said, "The body is building muscle, which in turn leads to shedding fat." Try this 45-minute HIIT workout you can do at home.
If you're not seeing results with walking daily and including strength or HIIT workouts three times a week, walking may not be enough, and you can try adding in running. Begin with running two nonconsecutive days a week, for 20 to 30 minutes. You can gradually build up to three times a week, and increase the duration to 30 to 45 minutes.