Walking is one of the safest forms of exercise known today. Depending on how often you walk, you can manage to easily lose one pound per week or more. Think about it, in less than five months you can be 20 pounds lighter without spending hours at the gym and without going on a diet.
However, you need to know some important principles of walking in order to lose weight in this way.
How to lose weight by walking
First of all, two factors determine the number of calories burnt during walking: the walking place and your body weight. For example, if you walk with an average speed of 4 miles per hour, you can burn 400 calories in 1 hour. You can walk additional 3 miles and burn 300 more calories that day.
If you make a daily plan and use a pedometer to help you while walking, you can obtain remarkable results.
What Is The Number Of Steps You Should Take To Lose Weight?
If you walk just one mile you will burn as much as 100 calories, when you walk with your pedometer you will know how many miles you have walked and the number of calories you have burnt in the process.
Here is an estimate:
One mile will give you 2,000 steps and you burn 100 calories
One pound is approximately 3,500 calories
When you lose one pound in a week it is equivalent to burning 500 calories everyday.
When walking you need to achieve about 10,000 steps everyday in order to lose one pound in seven days.
Here are some tips you can keep to heart when trying to achieve this milestone.
Walk home from work or from home to work if the distance us not too far.
You can park your vehicle half way and walk to your destination.
Don’t use a bus or taxi, try walking to your destination.
At work use a stairwell, do not take an elevator.
Take your children to school by walking.
Always buy a top quality pedometer so that you get good and accurate readings devoid of errors.
How to Keep it Interesting
Walking the same old track can become boring so keep your routine interesting by switching things around.
Walk outdoors at different parks, different neighborhoods and bring along music to enjoy, motivate and energize you to complete your daily walk.
Don’t let cold winter weather hold you back from your daily walk. Invest in a treadmill and place it in front of a window or television. You can enjoy viewing nature by glaring out the window during your routine or point the treadmill towards your television and savor every minute of your favorite show.
You can also invite a family member or friend along. Even if they join you only once a week, it is still a beneficial way to mix up your routine. Often, dedicated walkers will become bored with the same old routine, so don’t let it happen to you.
Keep it interesting and switch up your routine as much as you like.
How Frequently Should I Walk?
You should make walking a daily regimen and you will lose weight in no time. Try walking for a minimum of 20 minutes initially and you should steadily increase this time as you walk often to about 60 minutes daily.
Try and ensure that you have a good diet as well and maintain a healthy lifestyle devoid of smoking and excessive alcohol intake.