I never considered walking a form of serious exercise until my mum loss 40kg walking and eating healthy. Healthy eating combined with brisk walking (fast paced walking) are effective ways of losing weight. According to Art Weltman, PhD, director of exercise physiology at University of Virginia, walking helps in weight loss and management, reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, reduces risk of heart diseases etc. If you’re not seeing result from your daily walk then increase your speed. Challenging pace means better result.In studies, Weltman has found that women who do three short (about 30-minute) high-intensity walks plus two moderately paced recovery walks a week lose up to six times more abdominal fat than participants who simply stroll five days a week.
So how often should you walk? For beginners, 15 to 30 minutes 3 times a week and gradually increase to 60 minutes. Some people set goals of walking 60 miles a month, all you need is challenging yourself and reaching it.
How much calories can you burn? The number of calories burnt is determined by your body weight and walking pace (speed). If you walk at a pace of 4 miles per hour (a common pace) you can burn the following amount of calories per minute: 120 lb. person = 4.7 calories; 140 lb. person = 5.5 calories; 160 lb. person = 6.3 calories; 180 lb. person = 7.1 calories; 200 lb. person = 7.8 calories. Although walking helps in weight loss, however incorporate resistant training for super toned body. Pedometer helps in counting steps, pace and calories burnt.
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