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Losing Weight By Walking In Place: How Effective?

Updated on September 9, 2011

Can You Lose Weight Walking In Place?

I would never forget the day in 2003 when I got on a scale learned that my usual 130 pound self had grown to 167 pounds. Granted, I didn't have to get on a scale to know I gained weight, but I had no idea that it was so much. I was in my late 20s, and up until then I had never been more than 130 pounds. While some of my friends thought I filled out nicely, I didn't like it, and felt heavy and uncomfortable. I was determined to lose it.

Walking In Place? For Exercise?

During that time, I went to visit my mother in New York City and found that she just purchased 3 Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds fitness videos. Well, I LOVED to walk. Walking was 70 percent of the way I got around when I lived in New York City. But when I moved to Nashville in 2001, I didn't have the luxury of walking around as much because Nashville is a city you pretty much need a car to get around in. It was because I wasn't walking as much that I begin to gain the extra 37 pounds. However Leslie Sansone fitness videos were not just about walking, but walking in place. You would not be moving from one location to the next, but staying put somewhat in one location. Hmm...I wondered, does this really work? My mother just got the fitness videos so she hadn't use them enough for me to see any results, but she was kind enough to let me borrow one and try it for myself.

Walking In Place-Putting It To The Test

I took one of the fitness videos back to Nashville with me. I worked out for an hour to it each day, also watching what I ate. Surprisingly, I did lose weight. And in 4 months, I lose at least 27 pounds. Walking in place as a form of low aerobic exercise does indeed work. With most of Leslie Sansone fitness videos, she's working out to music that ranges from 130-150 beats per minute. The faster the music, the higher the heart rate and the higher the heart rate, the more calories you burn. Wearing a calorie pedometer, I had burn off over 400 calories in an hour working out to her fitness video. Leslie would often say that after working out to one of her videos you could have burned off an entire meal. She's correct.

Walking In Place To Lose Weight-The Verdict

Walking in place is great if you're not able to walk outside, or if you do not own a treadmill. It's also a great way to work out for those who are just getting started with exercise as it's not very strenuous, but extremely effective. However, with all forms of exercises, in order to see results, you must stay disciplined and dedicated to the goal of getting fit and losing weight. Some days it may feel like you're not seeing results as fast as you like, but again, it does take time to lose weight. In the process however, you're getting your body tone and fit. So if you're considering an exercise routine for burning fat and losing weight, yes, walking in place will definitely take you there.

If You're Considering Walking In Place To Lose Weight


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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Hello kiandrarutledge.

      Originative. . . Out of first hand, your story is credible and persvaisive; just reading it I felt in my spirit a solution to my need walking when circumstances demand to be inside. Having both sides hip correction, one full, I commit myself not o walk outside unless solid surface is completely dry. Thanks for sharing practical help.

      Voted up nd useful.

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      KiandraRutledge 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      You're welcome! And do not get discourage...I've done it, and it can be done!

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      Anna 5 years ago

      Thanks for giving me hope & motivation. It's so wonderful to learn that it's very possible to lose weight by exercising at home, and so much more convenient & fun too.

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      Betty Bolden 6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      wonderful hub

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      KiandraRutledge 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Hi Alfira348, yes diet is important. A diet should be tailored to how active you are. The more active you are, the more calories you will need because you're burning more.

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      alfira348 6 years ago

      useful article, whether the diet is also done on the kinds of fatty foods?