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Is walking a good exercise for losing weight?

  1. sankari.nayagam profile image82
    sankari.nayagamposted 6 years ago

    Is walking a good exercise for losing weight?

  2. JP993 profile image92
    JP993posted 6 years ago

    It's better than doing nothing. However it won't get your heart rate to a level where you are buring flat. If you're like me and don't like running, the best way to make walking an effective fat burning exercise, is to walk uphill quickly. This will put your heart rate in the fat burning zone rather than cardiovascular. Remember, losing weight is more about diet. So when you plateau in weight loss when exrcises look at your diet.

    : )

  3. health-resource profile image57
    health-resourceposted 6 years ago

    Yes, but only if at a brisk pace and preferably uphill at least part of the time.  You must also do it consistently.

    You won't get very far if you don't modify your diet, though.  You must burn more calories than you consume, no exceptions.

  4. Peace2009 profile image61
    Peace2009posted 6 years ago

    Yes I believe walking does help one on losing weight as if you notice that you sweat alot & you feel worn out after a good walk it's because you have been burning the exsisting fat from the body. My answer is keep walking & you & others will notice a big difference.

  5. tswilson profile image60
    tswilsonposted 6 years ago

    Yes, walking is a very good method for losing weight.  In fact, I have heard that you burn the same amount of calories whether you walk a mile or run a mile.  Not sure if that is completely accurate or not.

  6. guyjackson profile image60
    guyjacksonposted 6 years ago

    of course ! walking 1 mile for every day will help you to get rid of extra fat. despite of these yoga is one of the best option to loose your weight.

  7. KarenCreftor profile image88
    KarenCreftorposted 6 years ago

    Walking is fantastic for losing weight. Other exercises such as running put a lot of strain on your joints.

    Walking at a good pace (not so much strolling but it will still be good for your muscles and circulation), particularly uphill, regularly (at least three times a week but prefereably every day) for many is considered the best form of exercise, especially when combined with a no processed food, no refined carbs diet.

    ~Kaz x

  8. nifwlseirff profile image98
    nifwlseirffposted 6 years ago

    Walking is a safe and good way to lose weight, especially at the beginning of the weight loss journey. Excess weight puts a lot of strain on the leg and back joints, which are easily damaged with higher impact sports and exercise programs.

    However, as with any exercise program (and especially to lose weight), the lengths, difficulties and speed of the walks should be varied, both to keep interest and to provide a challenge to the body.

    Over a span of 5 years I lost 30kg+, with my only (cardio) exercise being walking. I did very long walks on weekends, increasing the difficulty when I felt I could handle it, and walked one hour each week day, more when I had the energy, replacing part of my bus/train commute to work.
    Of course, I shifted to a healthier diet as well (less sugar, less fat, more fresh vegetables and fruit, and a higher percentage of protein).

  9. Cresentmoon2007 profile image72
    Cresentmoon2007posted 6 years ago

    It's a good way to start. Not too hard on the heart. And as someone else stated in one of their answers it is truly better than nothing. I suppose it truly depends on how long you do it. I lost a great deal of weight in dancing just around the house. I use my wii game but you don't even have to do that. You can just listen to whatever kind of music of choice and dance.

  10. greatstuff profile image95
    greatstuffposted 6 years ago

    If walking is your only exercise and you want to lose weight, the best way to walk is to do a 1minute brisk walk followed by 1min casual walk. Alternate this for the duration of your walk. This will increase your metabolic rate and help burn fat faster.

  11. Sottway profile image74
    Sottwayposted 6 years ago

    To put it simple - any light activity is better than doing absolutely nothing!

  12. athena2011 profile image55
    athena2011posted 6 years ago

    Walking is a fantastic way to lose weight. You have to also watch what you eat and when you eat as well.

    What I mean by that is that you should not have anything to eat at least 2 -3 hours before bedtime. Drink water only.

    I go walking in a nearby park that is so beautiful I feel like I'm having a spiritual experience everytime I'm there. I also bring along 2 lb hand weights which I do exercises with as I'm walking. They intensify the walk and help me tone my arms while I'm walking. The path I walk on is made of mulch so it is much like walking in sand at the beach.

    In addition, the path is a measured mile and I do 3 laps in approximately an hour so by that I figured that I walk at a pace of 3 miles per hour.

    Just twice a week and I am able to maintain the weight I'm comfortable with.

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    Dr Mohamed Rabieposted 6 years ago

    Not every walking can makes you lose weight. Only brisk walking can. Brisk walking means that you are walking very fast but not running. You may get tired soon; so, you should regulate your breath well.
    You may think that there is no side effects of walking. You are mistaken. You may injury your leg muscles and foot if you walk over uneven land or you wear inappropriate shoes. Also, severe obesity interferes with walking as you load great pressure over your knees.

  14. jbrock2041 profile image80
    jbrock2041posted 6 years ago

    Walking is a great way to lose weight. We do a walking class in the gym that includes walking on the treadmill at 3 mph but the incline is above 15% the entire time, we even get it up to 30% incline. You'll feel your heart rate get up there no matter who you are and what type of shape you're in.

  15. yenid profile image57
    yenidposted 6 years ago

    If one enters int he category of "Obese" the best way to begin to loos weight doing cardio exercises, walking( 10 to 30 minutes a day)  mostly during the first months. It will be helping your heart to get used to exercises.
    If one is only over the weight is is good to walk before doing any other exercise to warm the body an avoid cramps.
    Walking plus a healthy diet (eating every 3 to 4 hours during the day and not skipping meal and avoiding foods high in sodium and fat) will help to regulate your appetite and loss wight on a healthy manner.

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    trainer ben gamonposted 6 years ago

    anything that gets your heart rate up is great for exercise it can be anything, not just walking. but yes walking is good for losing weight.
    be active, exercise more and eat less and you will lose weight.
    other simple activities to lose weight are:

    -cleaning and vacuming
    -walking the dog

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    looking-beautifulposted 6 years ago

    No. Unless you lead a completely sedentary life, in which case any activity would be better.

    What you really need to loose weight is to increase your metabolism and eat healthier. A killer body comes from killer workouts!

    Check out http://looking-beautiful.com/how-to-get-slim/

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    jasper420posted 6 years ago

    I lost 50 pounds by just walking and changing my diet it worked for me!