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Calories Burned Walking 4 Miles


Exercise is an important part of our daily routine. It helps to keep our bodies active, and this, in turn, leads to better health. Studies have proved time and again that a regular exercise regimen can prevent serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and so forth.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise. It does not need to be learned and one does not require special equipment or clothing to walk.

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In fact, it is a matter of choice. Choosing to walk to work instead of driving, walking to the grocery store, or taking the steps instead of the elevator are choices that we can make so that our bodies get adequate exercise.

In order to stay fit our bodies need to burn the calories that we consume while eating and drinking. Walking is a relatively low intensity exercise when compared to other forms such as jogging or aerobics. Therefore, one may need to walk for longer periods to burn the same amount of calories as a jogger would. That being said, brisk walking for an hour everyday helps to prevent heart attacks, cancer, obesity, and diabetes in addition to burning calories.

The number of calories burned in walking 4 miles will depend on a few things, namely, body weight and the speed of walking. Taking your time and completing a leisurely 4 mile walk in five hours will give different results from walking briskly and completing the target in say an hour.  For a 155 pound person, the calories burnt walking 4 miles in one hour per day would be around 300 to 315 calories approximately. This level would change depending on each individual.

As mentioned earlier, the more intense the workout, the more calories you are likely to burn. So, walking is definitely better than sitting down, and walking briskly is a better work out than ambling along. The key is to do as much as you can so that your body gets enough and more exercise, leaving you feeling tired but healthy and happy. Each person has their own pace, so there is no need to feel the pressure to sign up for aerobics classes when walking is actually more your type of exercise. Consult your doctor to get an accurate idea of what your body needs in terms of a physical workout. Make a workout schedule and try to stick to it for optimal results.

References:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Exercise_your_right_to_health.htm

Submitted on January 16, 2014
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