Walk Your way to Weight Loss

Monday, 29 June 2009
A perfect way to exercise that suits all fitness levels, lifestyles and even better it’s free!! Walking has a low injury risk and is an effective weight-loss tool. It really sells itself-its excuses free.

One of the main excuses is ‘It’s too hard’ or ‘I don’t have time’. Losing weight via dietary modifications is effective; however, exercise can give weight-loss a real boost. It literally ‘boosts’ your metabolism and speeds weight-loss up. At a time of weight-loss plateau, exercise is the key to get you through those challenging times. And lastly, exercise is the secret to keeping weight off and prevents weight gain. This is especially important for long-term goals.

Try different ways to keep exercise interesting. If you walk the same stretch of road every day it can become repetitive, boring and strenuous. Try:

  • Walking with a friend, time will fly by as you catch up
  • Use an iPod and listen to your favourite music to switch off and get with the beat
  • Change the location. Drive somewhere scenic-a beach or a park.
  • Use a pedometer for motivation and monitor how many stapes youtake each day
  • Check out the different routes around your local area. Add challenges such as light 0.5-1.0kg weights, uphill incline, softer surfaces etc
  • Change your walking routine. Walk for 3 minutes to warm up, increase your speed to a brisk walk for a couple of minutes then jog for a minute. If you can work up to a sprint for 10 seconds and repeat. Use lamp posts or any other markers as markers.

Can you do 30 minutes a day being active?

Here are some additional health benefits:

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Improved heart health
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of developing diabetes
  • Increased energy and better stamina
  • Improved tone of your body
  • Improved bone strength

That’s a lot in return for 30 minutes a day. Make an effort to make the time, your health is one of the most important components in your life.

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