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Walk Your Way To Lose Weight

Updated on April 22, 2012

For those who are suffering from extreme obesity, the usual exercises are just too much. However, this should never serve as a discouraging factor. Keep in mind that there is always a way to lose weight and it’s up to you to find one that perfectly fits your needs. The first thing that you need to focus on is searching for an exercise which you can do every day. One of the best that anyone can do is walking.

Walking is an excellent form of exercise mainly because of its simplicity. You don’t need any equipment to walk and you can do it anytime. This is probably one of the main reasons is why walking programs to lose weight are very popular these past few months. Moreover, walking is also regarded as one of the safest forms of exercise especially for those who have not been active for quite some time. As long as you do it regularly, walking will surely help you lose weight in no time.

There are three important factors associated with walking that you should be aware about which includes consistency, duration, and intensity. There is nothing to worry about if you can’t walk fast for so long at your first week. Your body will eventually adapt if you walk regularly. Remember to start slow and gradually increase your pace if possible.

Studies show that an effective weight loss exercise should at least use 60% of your maximum heart rate. Determining your heart rate is easy. All you need to do is subtract your age from 220. This means a 20-year-old has a heart rate of 200. This means you need to have a heart rate of 120 while walking to lose a considerable amount of weight.

If you don’t have enough cash to purchase a heart rate monitor, there is a simple trick that can remedy this problem. Try to converse with someone while walking and if you can’t do so, you should back off a bit with your speed. Remember not to overdo it so you won’t face injuries later on.

In order to lose weight by walking you should regularly perform the activity at least 30 minutes. This should not count warm-up. I know it’s not that easy for beginners but you don’t need to rush. Slowly increase the duration and intensity of your walking session and only settle to a degree where you are comfortable. You can intensity your routine every week to play it safe.

Keep in mind that consistency is the main factor which decides whether you’ll lose weight through walking or not. Don’t be easily disappointed if you can’t see noticeable results after a week or two. The process is gradual yet it’s good to know that weight loss is permanent through this method. You’ll eventually realize that all your hard work paid off.


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