How to Walk Off Your Weight

Learn why walking is a great method for weight loss, here.

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Melt Belly Fat By Walking 30 Minutes a Day (3:22)

Walking is one of the most efficient and easiest ways to lose weight, because you don’t need a gym membership or any equipment. All you need is yourself and some motivation. If you’re considering adding walking to your daily life to lose weight, you have to make sure that you do it right.

Plan Out Your Walk

The first step to walking off your weight is to make sure that you set a schedule so you can adapt to this new healthy lifestyle. Experts recommend getting 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week — that means you have to walk 30 minutes a day to achieve that goal.

Planning out your 30 minutes will ensure success. Ask yourself questions about when and where you’ll walk to get started. For example, if you’re busy at work all day you may want to consider taking three 10-minute walks around or outside of your building, but if you have more free time, taking a 30-minute walk  after dinner may be more ideal.

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Walk the Right Way

While walking is a natural instinct, making sure you’re walking the right way is key to bust your belly fat, tone your legs, and improve your overall health. When you walk you should have good posture, slightly bent and swinging arms, and an engaged core. These three things will help ensure you are getting the most out of your walks and burning more calories. Additionally, remember to stretch at the end of your walks to avoid any stiff muscles or potential injury.

Walk Long Enough to Burn Calories

Walking is only effective at burning calories if you do it long enough and fast enough: taking a stroll in the park does not burn as many calories as taking a brisk, paced walk. Walking 30 minutes a day at a moderate pace will help you burn an average 150 calories, but the longer and faster you walk, means the more calories you will burn.

While walking is a great form of exercise and helpful for weight loss, a key thing to remember about losing weight is you have to eat less calories in order to lose or maintain weight. That is why having a healthy diet in conjunction with daily exercise is the best way to ensure you lose the weight you want. 

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Other Health Benefits of Walking

Walking isn’t just for burning fat, it helps a lot of other things in your body too. A daily walk gets your blood pumping and can therefore lower your risk for heart disease and blood clots. Walking may also reduce your risk for a stroke, improve your mood, help your sleep quality, reduce stress, and sharpen your mind. So what are you waiting for? Start walking today!

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