Walk Your Way To Weight Loss
Walk and Lose Weight
Ten pounds, I have lost ten pounds. Six weeks ago I set myself a goal of losing one pound per week with the end result being a 52 pound loss for the year. While I could possibly loose more than 52 pounds, if I achieve that goal I will have made a major difference in my life and will be satisfied to maintain that weight which would be 185 pounds or so.
When I began this process, just six weeks ago, I weighed in at 237 pounds. Yesterday when I was weighed, I came in at 226 and a half so ten pounds gone in the first six weeks.
Walking is my main exercise. I do stretches in the morning when I get up and again before going out for my walk. You can lose weight by walking but it is essential to set up a routine. I walk for 20 minutes at a brisk pace, four times per week. When the weather is good, I walk every day but not always at the same pace. I like to walk and it is my main means of transportation. The city where I live is not that big, I work at home and live near to all I need. This makes walking convenient and necessary as there is no public bus service.
If you need to shed some pounds, firs consult with your family physician, it is not a good idea to begin any form of exercise without talking with a doctor first. Once you have dome that, determine which days you are going to walk, consider a few different routes for variety, and decide what time of the day is best for you to be out and about.
I like mornings before nine am. It is cooler than during the summer days and the walk energizes me so the rest of the day is easier to tackle. I have noticed a drop from 7.8 in my blood glucose reading to 5.4 after taking a good walk. This is a great additional benefit to getting exercise if you have diabetes. Walking can help lower your blood glucose levels.
Wear loose clothing, in hot weather a water bottle is a good idea and please, wear a good pair of walking shoes. You do not want to hurt your feet or back when you are attempting to get healthy by taking a walk.
If you can only walk three days per week, then make each walk 30 minutes long. Five days a week at 20 minutes per walk is an ideal schedule.
You can lose weight by walking regularly as long as you also watch what and how much you eat. If you consume more calories than you burn off, you will not shed the pounds.