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Walk Off Body Weight

Walking exercise is one of the simple and easy forms of weight loss exercise. It helps in burining extra fat and enables one to maintain healthy weight. Many people often wonder about the number of calories burned walking. This depends upon factors such as body frame, height and weight of an individual. It is also determined by the speed at which one walks as well as the time and distance covered. 

Walking can be done at any place and a brisk walk for thirty to forty five minutes is effective.

It expends the fat that is stored and enhances the metabolism. This in turn helps in muscle mass formation, thereby resulting in weight loss. About one to two pound of weight loss is recommended on a weekly basis. Commence with a brisk walk, which can extend to a high speed walking technique. Walking in a non polluted area, such as the local park proves effective and beneficial. More groups of muscles are made use during high pace walking, thereby expending more calories. Walking calories is hastened by certain things such as hills or mounds, jogging between walking and speed walking.

Walking in a regular manner with a balanced diet ensures a disease-free life. It is cheap, as it fails to call for any sophisticated equipments. It is devoid of any negative impact on the health of the individual. Walking begins with a proper posture. Standing erect, without slumping reduces the stress of walking on the neck, back and shoulder. A brisk walk involves coverage of 3.5 miles per hour. The pace during walking workout should be high. Swing your arms back and front to increase the intensity of the exercise. Increase the speed in a gradual manner and opt for shorter steps, which are quicker.

Walking for fitness ensures weight maintenance. It also reduces the stress levels and related health complications, such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, renal failure and so on. Other benefits of walking are

  1. relief from joint problems and back ache
  2. decrease in risk of constipation, osteoporosis and colon cancer
  3. increase in elasticity and flexibility of the muscles
  4. decrease in risk of insomnia or sleepless nights
  5. relaxation of the mind and
  6. a free mind, devoid of anxiety, depression and so on.

Of late, walking has taken a back seat in majority lives, due to sophistication and use of vehicles. It makes the individual more sedentary. Many consider it below their prestige to walk to the nearest store. Many even fail to use the stairs, instead of the elevator or the escalator. Walking ensures all round fitness of the individual, and thereby promises overall health and well being of the individual. Fitness walking also increases the longevity of humans and helps to enjoy life in a better manner.

Walking aids permanent weight reduction. Majority of the obese people are less active then thin people. It is inactive lifestyle and not overeating that counts for their excess weight. For permanent weight-loss, energy from fats should be burnt and not from carbohydrates. During first 20-30mins of walking 2/3rd of the energy comes from body fats and only1/3rd energy from carbohydrates, so it is beneficial. If the duration of walking is increased to 30-60mins, more energy is burned from body fats, resulting in faster weight loss. And then you can maintain your weight by walking 20-30mins everyday. The best way to lose weight at a faster rate is to walk before meals as it decreases your appetite and then walk approximately 45-60mins after small meals, to burn more calories.
Submitted on January 16, 2014