Walking to Lose Weight – 3 Reasons to Try It

Walking to lose weight isn’t a new idea; after all, walking is one of the least expensive exercises around.  But far too many people dismiss losing weight with walking as “not really being exercise”.  Jogging is exercise, they think; walking is just, well, walking.

If you feel the same way, and you happen to either hate jogging or your knees can’t take the strain, here’s some good news — you can walk away the pounds!

Reason 1:  Walking is Low Impact

I’ve already mentioned jogging as an exercise that is not terribly low impact, and can put a strain on the joints.  Working out with weights from a standing position can take a toll, as can many dance routines.  So if your joints aren’t in the best of shape (or if you want to keep them in good shape), walking is a great way to get exercise – very low impact.

Reason 2:  You Can Walk Anywhere

When the weather is nice, you can walk outdoors.  If it’s too hot or too cold, mall walking is an option.

What if you’re on a business trip and don’t know the neighborhood very well, or how safe it might be?  You can walk around the hotel.  Not to mention a lot of hotels catering to business travelers have a treadmill available for guests.

You can even walk at home!  There’s a great series of DVDs by Leslie Sansone called “Walk Away the Pounds” and they are very good (I have several of the DVDs myself).  Yep, just walking in front of the TV, and you’d be extremely surprised at the workout you get!

Reason 3:  Walking is Versatile

You can vary your walking to be anything from a stroll to a heart-pumping workout.  You can walk on level ground or up and down hills.  On concrete, in the woods or on the beach.  Each style of walking brings its own benefits.

And yes, to get an aerobic workout you need to get your heart rate up.  But don’t discount a mildly brisk walk that can do double-duty as a way to burn calories and de-stress.  Each style of walking serves a different purpose.

Walking to Lose Weight

So now you know three reasons for walking to lose weight.  You don’t need any particular skill to do it, and the only equipment needed is a comfortable pair of walking shoes.  And while you can utilize a treadmill (if you have the money and space), it’s not needed.

Rain or shine, day or night, you can lose weight walking.  Isn’t it time you tried?

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