Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Walking to Lose Weight

Many people know that walking is a good way to lose weight. If you're not walking and you want to start, here are a few tips. Start with a flat route and start small. Time your walk and use a watch. The idea is to increase the time incrementally. Depending on your fitness level, you can start at anywhere from 10-20 mins. If you like music this can make a big difference. Put together a playlist that is uptempo. The more fun you have the better you'll stick to your new HABIT.
If you already walk and have stopped losing the lbs., here are a few tricks. The good news is you've become more fit. To increase your progress you need to increase your efforts. The best thing to do is interval walking. Bring a watch and do a faster 2-4 mins faster, followed by a slower 2-4 mins. The nice thing is, the attention to the watch makes the time go by faster as well. If you like music, you can put together songs that vary from fast to slow. You won't need a watch and you'll probably have a better time. The best payoff from fast/slow walking is a faster metabolism. You'll not only burn more calories during the walk but more importantly you'll burn more calories even after you stop.
Other tips include trail walking or just vary your route. Like an exercise routine that you never change, a walk that you never change becomes less and less effective.

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