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Does Walking Help You Lose Weight?

Is walking good exercise?

To many people, walking might not seem like the best use of exercise time.

And it is true that spending 20 minutes walking around your neighborhood will burn fewer calories than spending 20 minutes on the highest level of a health club elliptical machine…..but….

A fitness walking program can still be an extremely effective way to lose weight.

How Does Walking Help You Lose Weight?

1) Walking gets you off the couch.

It’s important to appreciate just how much difference it makes when you move your body throughout the day instead of just sitting in place.

Even though many of us have days in which we seem extremely busy and constantly on the go, if we stopped to think about how much of that time is spent behind a desk or sitting behind the wheel of an automobile, the results might be surprising.

Unfortunately, many people spend most of their hours sitting down.

Our bodies are simply not designed for long periods of sitting each day, and certainly not intended for months and years in which we sit most of each day.

In fact, there’s something called “sitting disease” that scientists and doctors are studying. They’re finding that sitting too much shortens your life span and affects your physical and mental being every single day.Yikes!

It’s vitally important that we move, even if it’s just a low-intensity movement.

Walking gets your body up and moving.

Walking also puts your body “on alert” and speeds up your baseline metabolic functions. And the higher the metabolism….the more calories you burn! :)

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This little gadget helps me walk more every day – click here

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2) Walking gets you in touch with your body.

As surprising as it may seem, many people find that when they are more physically active their bodies simply don’t crave unhealthy food and snacks, or at least as much of the bad stuff.

Some people tend to fall into a pattern of behavior where the chemical rush their bodies feel when they eat sugary, salty and or fatty foods becomes something similar to an addiction.

One of the advantages of walking exercise is that it can help to replace some of your unhealthy behaviors with more beneficial ones.

I know that for me, the more I walk … the more I tend to take better care of myself …. and it leads to me being more conscious of feeding my body better healthier fuel.

Walking gets you in touch with your body, and when you follow a walking exercise plan your body is more likely to crave foods that will keep it healthy.

3) Walking helps you set reachable physical goals.

Sometimes the hardest part of trying to lose weight is figuring out the best path to get there. WALKING is an easy place to start that gives awesome results!

A fitness walking program can help by providing you with the opportunity to set intermediate physical goals.

Your ultimate goal may be to lose 15 pounds, but unless you have a way to break that up into actionable physical steps it will be hard to move forward.

With a weight loss walking program you can set goals for each workout, each week and each month.

For example:

  • you might set a goal of walking 20 minutes today,
  • another goal to walk on three different days during the coming week,
  • and a third goal of walking at least 15 times during the coming month.

By setting these achievable physical goals, you’ll have a clear path towards your ultimate goal.

So if you’re considering a weight loss walking program to help you improve your health and lose weight, don’t limit yourself to thinking about the number of calories you burn- although that is a nice bonus!

Walking not only helps you lose weight and get in shape – walking offers a number of other fantastic benefits. Here is a list of walking benefits

This is how I track my daily walking steps – Click Here

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