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Walk Your Way To Weight Loss

Updated on December 12, 2015

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.

My favourite shoes for walking
My favourite shoes for walking | Source

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    I agree diets and complex plans often do not work, sometimes simple is the best, thanks for dropping by.

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    jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

    Inspiring hub. I want to lose a few pounds before I go on holiday in August. Reading your hub has inspired me to walk my daughter to school each day. I think a lot of people, including me aim too high and are often unsuccessful. Losing 1lb per week would be amazing. (I'm thinking - 10 weeks til my holiday = 10lbs lost). Some great tips. Voted up.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    We enjoy walking along the banks of the Restigouche River here in northern NB. Thanks for dropping by and happy walking.

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    A.CreativeThinker 6 years ago

    My husband and I love to walk, especially long nature walks. It is very good exercise for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. I agree that you should check with a doctor, when you first start out. Good hub. :)

    Regards,

    A.CreativeThinker

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, just came back from my morning walk, feeling good.

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    myawn 6 years ago from Florida

    walking is an excerise I enjoy a long walk to my mailbox or with my new puppy for a nature walk, Great article.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Swimming is indeed a good exercise, thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    Walking and swimming is the best exercise.