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Walking and Weight Loss
- A combination of walking and minor diet adjustments can have surprisingly significant results
- Losing weight will have a tremendous impact on your health, and walking your way to your ideal weight will ensure that you reach it through healthy means.
With about one-third of the U. S. population classified as obese and more moving in that direction daily, losing weight has become a big industry. Unfortunately, none of those quick fixes and magic pills will do much for you. The real key is simply walking your way to weight loss.
Why Combine Walking and Weight Loss
Although walking by itself won’t help you that much in melting away pounds, a combination of walking and minor diet adjustments can have surprisingly significant results. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you reduce your daily food intake by as little as 250 calories, you could lose up to two pounds per month; however, if you add just 60 minutes of walking to your routine six days a week you can double that weight loss.
Another reason to walk your way to weight loss is that if you are already overweight, it’s a good idea to start reintroducing physical activity into your routine slowly and carefully. Trying to run or do aerobic exercises immediately could cause injuries that might make it more difficult for you to stay active. Walking, on the other hand, is something most of us can do easily with very little worry of injury.
Good Reasons to Walk
Many of the best reasons to walk toward weight loss rather than partake in other types of exercise is that walking is something we can fit into our busy lives easily, certainly easier than taking a trip to the gym, and it’s also a lot less stressful on our bodies than running.
Walking has other benefits too. The aerobic benefits provided by walking will help make your heart and lungs stronger and operate more efficiently. That means, as you keep walking, your stamina will increase and you’ll be able to walk further faster without getting tired. Daily walks of at least 30 minutes have also been shown to help boost the immune system.
Those walks aren’t just good for your physical body. Because exercise causes your body to release endorphins, you’ll feel less stressed and more relaxed after getting active. Plus, walking in pleasant environments such as a park, or even just walking with your dog can help further put you in good spirits.
Other Health Benefits of Walking and Weight Loss
Losing weight will have a tremendous impact on your health, and walking your way to your ideal weight will ensure that you reach it through healthy means, and since it puts less stress on your body and mind when you do it, it is easier to maintain.
Another good thing about walking your way to weight loss is that you not only have the potential to reach your desired weight, but you can also get your blood pressure under control in the process because your heart will become more efficient and won’t have to work as hard, which reduces the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in your body so you have less chance of developing arterial blockage. This will also reduce your risk for stroke by as much 50 percent, your risk for heart attack by as much as 40 percent, and improve your sleeping habits.
Walking and weight loss can also lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer. The combination can also help alleviate back and/or knee pain.
If you have trouble getting the motivation to walk, there are some natural supplements that can help. Products like Stamina-Rx and Stamina-Rx give you energy for activities and boost the metabolism. If you encounter joint pain while exercising, there are natural supplements like CORALadvantage Joint Health to help with that.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Metabolic Workout Programs14 Nov 2008|