Walking is one of the easiest ways to get rid of those unwanted pounds. – It’s not too hard on your joints, and you don’t need any extra equipment to do it; all you need is a good pair of tennis shoes, and you’re ready to go!
Whether you’re already in great shape, or you’re just starting out, there’s a walking routine to fit your need.
Experts recommend beginners start walking 20 minutes, three times a week. If you’re already in great shape, aim for 45-60 minute walks 3-5 days a week, and take it up a notch, try walking at a brisker pace and add hills to your route.
The Mayo Clinic states that walking has many health benefits:
Regular brisk walking can help you:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Strengthen your bones
- Lift your mood
- Improve your balance and coordination
The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.
In addition, walking is an effective way to shed the pounds. “In 60 minutes of walking, you’ll burn 300 to 500 additional calories. Keep that up for 10 days and you’ll lose a pound. Keep it up for a year and you’ll be 35 pounds lighter — without a minute of dieting,” Good Housekeeping states.
Finding a safe place to walk while you’re on the road can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are many wonderful walking videos that can be done indoors.