One of the most popular exercises for individuals of all ages is walking. One of the major reasons for the popularity of walking is the low impact nature of such a light but effective form of exercise.
Walking is a natural movement for the human body and is an excellent form of exercise that will not only promote weight loss but also improve your health, balance, coordination and a mental sense of well-being.
Walking is a great physical activity no matter where you are on the fitness curve. Along with burning calories and toning muscles, it also reduces the risks of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.
Here are some tips on how to get the best weight-loss results from your walk:
1. Eat a small snack an hour before the walking workout so it can fuel you up and keep your blood sugar level from dipping to low. Keep it light with a small fruit, energy bar or a bowl of fat-free yogurt. Make sure to hydrate adequately before your walk.
2.The best warm up prior to the walking workout is slow walking for 5-10 minutes. Stretches should follow after you are done with the walking working. Drop your pace of walking slowly towards the end and don’t stop abruptly.
3.Use the right pace.Experts use the number of strides taken per minute to calculate your speed. If you pay attention, you will be able to estimate how many steps you take per minute. Based on that your speed could vary between:
70 steps per minute 30 minutes per mile: 2 miles/hr
105 steps per minute 20 minutes per mile: 3 miles/hr
140 steps per minute 15 minutes per mile: 4 miles/hr
4. Do it in the right time. Anytime you can schedule it in is good. Mornings are the best to kick up your metabolism but it is fine as long as you can fit it into your lifestyle.