6 Ways to Lose Weight from Walking

6 Ways to Lose Weight from Walking

Fitness trends these days tend toward a mindset that more — harder, faster, more extreme — is always better. But one of the best things you can do for your health — and your waistline — remains gentler: walking. Simply putting one foot in front of the other can do wonders for your physical and mental conditioning, as well as the number of the scale.

“Fast-paced walking, when combined with healthy eating, is hugely effective for weight loss,” Art Weltman, Ph.D., director of exercise physiology at the University of Virginia, told Health.com.

One 45-year-old Prevention magazine reader said that through walking she’s “in the best shape of my life, even though I am still overweight. I’ve lost 48 pounds so far, I’ve increased my endurance, and I look more toned than ever before.” Inspiring!

But how best to walk if you goal is to lose weight? Turns out, there are a few tweaks you can make to get the most bang for your buck.

How to lose weight from walking

Walk faster.

Brisk walks — an effort level of a 5 or 6 out of 10 — are better when weight loss if your goal, according to Health.com.

Find a hill.

Trekking an incline ups your walk’s intensity — leading to more calories burned and stronger muscles if you stick with the incline week after week. Women’s Health recommends adding in hill training three times per week, in fact will help you to lose weight from walking.

Break it up.

If you aim for three, 20-minute walks per day rather than one hour-long stint, you may be more likely to fit them in as the task can seem less-daunting. Plus, there are other benefits: Women’s Health reported on a Washington University study, which found that a 15-minute walk after each meal of the day helps control blood sugar better than one long 45-minute walk.

Swap happy hour for a stroll.

Suggest to your best pals that instead of meeting up for a drink, you hit your local park for a walk. You’ll save money and calories, get a workout in, and be reminded you don’t always have to have wine for a good time. Chances are, your friends will welcome the change in routine, too!

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Try uneven terrain.

Health.com reports that hiking a trail instead of sauntering down a sidewalk burns more calories due to the uneven terrain. Plus, time in nature has been scientifically proven to give your brain a boost, resulting in lower levels of anxiety and greater feelings of calm. A win-win.

Add intervals.

Just like in your HIIT classes at the gym, alternating periods of higher intensity versus periods of lower intensity can rev your calorie burn and help stave off boredom. Try these fun walking workouts for inspiration!

What are some of your favorite tips to lose weight from walking?

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