A Guide to Walking for Weight Loss

Losing weight is always a challenge for us. Not only do we need to find time in our busy schedule to squeeze even at least half an hour of workout, but it also means finding the right workout routine to follow. Unfortunately, given the kind of lifestyle that we are living, any workout routine we plan gets shoved to the side which is why we end up with additional pounds in our body. But do we really need to have a strenuous workout in place?

For those whose physical condition isn’t up to par, you might want to try something simple until you are ready to take on the heavier kind of workouts. If you are wondering where to start, try walking.

Walking is the cheapest way for you to shed those extra pounds that you are carrying, and although we do walk on a daily basis, we seldom walk more than 30 minutes or so. If you want to make walking part of your weight loss routine, then here are a few tips to get you started.

Fill in the gaps of your work schedule

You may not realize this, but you can actually incorporate walking into your daily work by using your break time to stand up and walk around. Take a walk around the block for 5 to 10 minutes. Not only will you feel refreshed, but you’ll also be more alert by the time you walk back to your cubicle.

Walk early in the morning

If you can’t fit it in your 9 to 5 job, then walk early in the morning, before you go to work. Like it was mentioned before, walking is probably one of the cheapest and easiest ways for you to lose weight since you don’t need any fancy equipment to do it. All that you need is a good pair of walking shoes, a few minutes to spare, and the willingness to do it. Walking early in the day is a good habit to start with since it will help you become more awake too.

Add walking to your workout routine

Another trick for you to incorporate walking into your daily life is to use it as a way to warm up and even cool down after a workout session. Do a ten-minute brisk walk before you exercise to help warm up your core. This is important as this will help warm your muscles up, so they will feel loose and ready for some hardcore training. Afterwards, you can do another ten-minute walk to help prevent tightness in your muscles afterwards.

Walking Workout Routine

You might be surprised to find that there are different walking routines that you can do to help you with your weight loss. Here are a few that you might want to try out.

Short walks

For this walking workout, you should warm up first doing an easy walking pace for 3 to 5 minutes. Once you feel that your muscles are all warm and ready for more walking, continue your walking, but this time at a brisk pace, for 30 minutes. Slow down to an easy pace once the half hour brisk walk is done to help you cool down.

Long walks

If you are planning on doing some serious walking over the weekends, the process is quite simple. Start by warming up by doing an easy pace for five minutes. Once your muscles are warmed up, you can do an hour of brisk walk on an even road, then cool down afterwards. This will help prevent your muscles from cramping up.

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