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Lose weight and burn calories while walking

Posted Apr 27 2010 6:40am

There is no doubt that going to work by car won’t consume any calories…on the other hand, walking will help you reduce the number of calories and you will be able to observe some weight losing in a couple of weeks. Not to mention the body tone!

Though fitness experts still debate whether walking is sufficient exercise for significant reduction in weight, the calories burned while walking remain a step in the right direction.

Advantages of walking…or…”Hurry” up walking

woman-running-lose-weight-and-burn-calories Remember, if you are looking to really burn calories while walking, it’s possible that your walking pace will become as intense as a light jog. Therefore, you will want your apparel and footwear to aid your athletic feats. Some people have specific medical conditions that are contraindications for high-intensity cardiovascular workouts. Others are simply so advanced in age that their joints and cardiovascular systems would be shocked by jogging. Although jogging promises a quicker calorie-burn, intense running is a severe discipline, and it has been shown to be damaging over time. Even intense walking can sometimes result in shin pain, joint weakness, and various knee conditions, which is why high-quality walking-specific footwear is always recommended.

More about the “hurry” up walking

woman-walking-to-lose-weight-and-burn-calories Walking is healthy, but is it enough to encourage weight loss? What about extreme weight loss? How rigorous does your walking need to be and how can you keep track of the calories burned while walking? We all know that regular exercise is important for optimal health and longevity. Moreover, walking remains one of the most inherently peaceful and readily available forms of exercise, and it’s great for any age group. So there’s almost no excuse not to take long daily walks if you can slide the time into your schedule.

If you are walking to lose weight, you won’t burn a significant amount of calories unless you walk fast enough to keep your heart rate up. The rate of your heart is the major factor in speeding up your metabolism and, thus, putting your body into a weight loss mode. According to “The Walking Site”, you will burn an average of 100 calories per mile of intense walking. The higher the intensity of your walk, the higher your heart rate will soar, and therefore, the greater the calorie-burn.

Track the burned calories

woman-walking-to-work You will want to pay close attention to the length of your walking route. Since one mile burns roughly 100 calories, the number of miles you want to walk should depend on the number of calories you are looking to burn.  Things will get considerably more complicated if you choose to track the length of your walk by individual strides. It’s quite a feat to count each step in your head as you walk a distance of four miles or so. This is why it isn’t a bad idea to invest in a pedometer which will not only calculate the steps you have taken, but also the calories you’ve eaten and burned that day.

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