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How many calories does walking burn and is walking alone a good enough exercise?

Posted by Casey C.

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Yes and no. I walk as my main exercise -- two hour-long hikes every weekend, and as many half-hour walks as I can take on my lunch hours during the week (in my heels!) That, along with eating in moderation has helped me maintain my weight for a few years now. Slow walking as well as the following burns about 4 calories a minute: callisthenics, cycling (slow), gardening (light), golf (social), general housework, line dancing, table-tennis and tennis (doubles). I came upon this calculation -- Your weight x distance = energy used walking. Time does not matter as much as distance. If you speed up to walking a mile in 13 minutes or less, you will be burning more calories per mile. But, even with all that walking, I need to do stomach crunches to keep my stomach flat and lift a few weights to give my upper body strength and toning. I'd saying walking is a great part of an exercise routine, but it shouldn't be the entire routine. Hope that helps!
Variety is Good. Variety is good when it comes to exercise. However, if you want to only walk, then walk. President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports say walking burns just as many calories per minute as running. And, burning calories depends on your weight. The heavier you are the more calories you burn. For example, 110 pound person burns less calories than a 210 pound person.
Good Start. I personally think that walking is a great way to START, especially if a person is just getting into exercise. After I gave birth to my son, walking was a great way to get moving again. I worked slowly up to adding other activities but it felt good to do something, no matter how small. Walking, because it is something we can do more easily than most other exercises, motivates and gives the confidence to do more. I believe that accomplishing small goals (getting to the top of a big hill) can lead to gaining confidence to accomplish even bigger goals (taking that first step into a gym.) So, I would personally say start walking and see where it can lead to! :)

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