5 Tips to Walk & Lose Weight
If you're 150 pounds walking briskly (around 3.5 miles per hour) you will burn around 300 calories every 60 minutes. Studies show that this sort of weekly calorie expenditure helps protect against heart disease and will help you slim down.
Vary your pace.
Researchers have found that walking at varying speeds can burn up to 20% more calories compared to maintaining a steady pace. Try and work in a few minutes in which you accelerate and decelerate your brisk walk.
Walking briskly up a short hill is a great example of interval training when interspersed with flat terrain walking. Your leg muscles with thank you if you lean forward slightly when walking uphill.
Track your steps.
There's no ideal number when it comes to how many daily steps is ideal but an American Journal of Health Promotion study advises 10,000 steps as a goal. There's only one way to find out how many strides you're clocking up: get a pedometer.
Find a buddy.
Numerous studies confirm that having a strong support group is vital to achieving and maintaining weight loss success, with those who are part of a social support network losing more weight than their solo counterparts.
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