Movement is an excellent way to boost your weight loss efforts. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to start getting in shape, especially if you’re just beginning to walk. All you have to do to get started walking for weight loss is to get out there!
For that, all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes or sneakers. Let’s take a good look at what’s the best way to get started, how to stay motivated to walk and how to make sure your walking workouts are effective. By the time you finish this, you’ll be ready to head outside for a walk (unless the weather isn’t cooperating!)
Health Benefits Of Walking
Walking is an accessible workout that most people can do. Walking is low impact and you you don’t need fancy equipment or any special training to do it. It’s just a matter of putting getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other. Walking can be as easy or as challenging as you want it to be.
Now if you’re just beginning and not in good shape or are physically limited, just take a short walk around the block first thing in the morning or after dinner. After a few weeks you may be up for longer walks, increasing your pace, or even tackling a small hill (if you don’t live in Florida like I do!)
Walking gets you moving and itís a great way to get in some cardio and get the blood moving without a lot of stress on your body. At the same time, you’ll start to notice that your leg muscles start to tone and your core strengthens. And you might soon notice that your pants are fitting looser after a few weeks of regular walks.
How To Stay Motivated To Walk Every Day
While walking is easy enough to do, it can get kind of boring. If you’re beginning to procrastinate about walking every day, here’s some tips.
1. Find a walking buddy. It’s much harder to skip that walk if your friend is waiting for you and relying on you to go with her. Having someone to talk to on your walks also keeps things interesting and makes it fun.
2. Grab your phone and some headphones. Listen to your favorite music, download some podcasts or lose yourself in an audiobook. Having something to listen to will make the time go by faster and keep your walks interesting and fun. (Safety tip..keep your volume adjusted so you can hear what’s going on around you and stay alert to your surroundings.)
3. Schedule your walks and make them a priority. It will take a little while before it becomes a habit, but before you know it you wonít forget to go for your walk, just like you won’t forget to brush your teeth.
Track Your Progress
In the beginning your main goal will be to just get yourself out there and move around. And that’s a great way to start out. But you’ll soon get to a point where that quick 15 minute evening stroll is no longer enough to get you the results you want. It’s time to push a little harder and make sure you get stronger with each walking workout.
You’ll want to start keeping track of how long and how far you walk. Set a new goal every week, to either walk a bit further, or cover the same distance in a shorter amount of time. Set a goal and then give yourself a week (or longer if needed) to get used to the new distance or speed.
Once it starts to feel comfortable, you know it’s time to move forward. Keep pushing yourself and you’ll continue to get in very effective, low impact workouts by doing nothing more than walking.
Walking for Weight Loss
All the walking in the world won’t get the weight off if you don’t clean up your eating habits. It’s said that you can’t out exercise a bad diet. Find an eating plan that works for you and get moving!
Disclaimer: Get checked. If you’re over 40, or have a family history of heart disease or other health problems, see a doctor before you start a regular exercise program.