How Many Extra Miles do you need to Walk a Day to Lose Weight?
For all of the methods we have that are geared towards helping people lose weight, good old-fashioned walking is still one of the best things to add onto a weight loss plan or workout program. While walking is very healthy for the body and it is absolutely helpful as supplemental exerciseif you're trying to drop weight or body fat, it does not cover all of the bases. However,if you combinea walking habitwith a smart workout program, you're going to drastically increase the health benefits and alsosee a lot better results, a lot faster.
For another walking-specific workout, check out our new FB Plus routine, Dynamic Walking Workout - Light Cardio Workout for Circulation and Mobility.
If you're trying to lose weight, you still need to challenge your cardiovascular endurance (for health and calorie burn). Keep in mind that this is relative to your own fitness level and it doesn't have to be intimidating. Listen to your body, and move at a pace that is challenging to you specifically.The other piece of the puzzle isstrength/resistance training, which is one of the best ways to lose extra weightand keep it off- it also has a very long list of health benefits that walking doesn't quite cover.
In order to find out how many miles you need to cover to drop extra pounds, you need to find out how many you are currently covering. This way, you will know by how much you need to increase your steps, or distance each day in order to be able to see a difference in the number on the scale.
Too rainy for a walk? Try these at home cardio workout videos:
How many steps do I need to take to lose weight?
Again: If you are trying to lose weight, make sure that you are also doing strength training - people who are trying to lose weight often think that strength training will make them bulky or that they should wait until they lose the extra weight before they "begin to tone". In fact, the longer you avoid strength training, the longer you are putting off easier weight loss and maintenance. Strength training is absolutely essential to losing weight, keeping a fast metabolism and a healthy body, and it can be modified to challenge anyone, from beginner to advanced. Strength training is healthy for people ages 3-110; as long as the training is smart (good form is emphasized and an appropriatelychallenging weight is selected), the health benefits are bountiful.
If you're looking for a program that lays out exactly how to train for best results, try these:
Here are some great strength training routines to choose from that require only simple dumbbells (if you don't have equipment,you can always get creative with weights):
Also make sure that you cool down and stretch when you finish each walk. Here's one of our favorite free stretching workout videos;Goodbye Stress Calming Stretching Workout Full Body Yoga Infused Stretching Routine
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