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How to Start a Walking for Weight Loss Program

How do get you started walking to lose weight?

If you’re looking to lose some weight….

You DON’T have to join a gym

You DON’T have to buy expensive set of home workout DVDs or a piece of home exercise equipment.

You DON’T need to go on a pricey diet program that ships all of your meals to you.

You DON’T even need to learn any new exercise or movements.

In fact,….

One of the most effective ways to lose weight is something you already know how to do – walk.

That’s great news, but how do you start a new walking program when you’re looking to lose weight?

First, check with your doctor or health care provider to make sure that you don’t have any existing conditions that would stop you from getting underway with the new walking program. Chances are this won’t be an issue (since walking is one of the safest forms of exercise, as well as being one of the best), but it’s important that your body can handle it, particularly if you have been sedentary for a long time.

Second, identify your initial goals. What do you want to have accomplished during your first month of your weight loss program? Remember that you only need to have a goal for the first month of walking, and perhaps even just for the first week or two.

Your goal should provide you with a bit of a challenge, but should also be realistic and achievable.

Perhaps your first set of goals won’t even have anything to do with weight loss – you might decide

  • that you want to walk fifteen times during that first month.
  • Or you might want to work up to a oneor two mile walk by the end of the month.

Goals like these will get you started on a sustainable weight loss program, and help you get into the habit of exercising.

Third, come up with an initial walking schedule. Again, don’t try to plan out too far in advance.

The key is simply to get yourself on a program. The safest way to approach structuring a new program is to start slowly. Assuming that the goals you set above are realistic, plan out the walks you think you need in order to achieve those goals.

Make sure that you are always listening to your body.

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If you start to feel physically overwhelmed with the schedule you’ve prepared, or are experiencing significant muscle soreness or other things that might indicate an oncoming injury, then slow down your program (or take a break if necessary to avoid injury).

But don’t spend too much time trying to plan or strategize the best approach.

The most valuable fitness walking program is the one that you actually do.

If you are highly motivated for your weight loss, you might not need much of the structure at all. Just get outside and walk!

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Iamloved1 November 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

What a great post! I just read that a doctor has said you can add up to three years to your life by simply walking for 30 minutes a day. Who, on their death bed, would turn down an extra three years just to get outside and enjoy some fresh air? I know many people claim they don’t have time, but most people at least get 30 minutes for lunch. Why not walk for 20 and eat a sandwich for 10? Then, after work, take a quick 10 minute walk. It all adds up.

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