Walking can be considered a serious exercise for losing weight because walking is a calorie-burning activity. A regular walking routine can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage health conditions and strengthen your bones and muscles. You can also improve your balance, coordination and mood by walking. Walking frequently, father and faster brings greater benefits. Below are ways in which you can make walking easier.
How many calories does walking burn up
The distance you walk and your weight determines the energy and calories burned up while walking.
A rule of thumb is that 100 calories per mile are burned for a 180-pound person and 65 calories per mile for a 120-pound person. Also know that walking speed matters less than the distance you walk and how much you weigh.
When walking, you should always start slowly and try to build your walking regime gradually. It should be a moderate-intensity activity to get health benefits from walking. It should be faster than a stroll. You can walk fast for a couple of minutes, but don’t overdo it on your first day.
Always stay motivated
You need to always stay motivated because the easiest way to walk more is by making walking a habit. You can do that by thinking of ways to incorporate walking into your daily routine. Examples include; walking to the shops, using the stairs instead of the lift, leaving the car behind for short journeys, walking the kids to school, going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner and lastly, walking to work instead of commuting.
Join a walking group
Walking in a group is a great way to start walking, make new friends and always stay motivated.
Lastly, don’t get bored with walking. It should be a fun activity.
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