Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How Much Do I Need To Walk To Get In Shape?

If you want to lose weight, think of the three to five rule. (I should begin by stating that everything depends on the shape you're in. See a Doctor if you have any concerns about your health.) When you get the OK, start with three times per week and go from there.
When it comes to intensity you want to walk quickly enough to feel a sense of urgency but not so fast that you feel out of breath. A good barometer is the talk test. Make sure you can talk without stopping in the middle of a sentence.If you're not a beginner and you want to push yourself, go as fast as you like. When it comes to weight loss it all comes down to math. The more calories you burn the better.
A frequent question is how long do I walk for. I suggest start with 10-20 minutes three times per week and build from there. You don't need to do it all at once. Break it up if it fits better into your schedule. If you have a playlist with fast music you can really help yourself. I used to listen to the radio. A slow song would come on and I felt I was walking though quicksand.
Remember that everything adds up. Taking the stairs and parking in the far end of the parking lot burns extra calories. I recently read a study about communicating. The author found a by product of better communication was weight loss.Not only do you understand better when you look at a person while they talk but it takes extra calories to walk to see the person you're taking to.
Finally, when you finish your walk spend a few minutes stretching. If you really want to speed up the process add four or five strength exercises. You don't need any equipment just a little know how and five minutes. If you want some help getting started call us or visit our website at

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