Walking can be a wonderful way to lose weight, especially for someone who has been sedentary for a long time. It falls under the “long slow distance” category of exercise.
It’s a great way to get started on a journey to better health. Over time, you would also want to consider eating patterns, stress, sleep, and other aspects of your help.
It has been shown over and over that exercise will improve your fitness, but has only a small effect on weight loss. Weight loss shouldn’t really even be your first goal. Fitness should and lifestyle change. Commercial edible products and sedentary routines are the biggest problem with obesity and poor fitness.
One of the things that I teach clients who come to me for weight loss is that they need to start moving more. Then I get them to focus on feeling better and what makes them not feel better. Like how they feel after eating properly or getting some exercise and how they feel after eating processed foods and laying around too much.
Learning to stop living the average American life of working, eating, and watching television is the only hope for large portion of our population.
Yes. Anything you can do that involves moving around (such a walking) will increase your metabolism and help you burn more calories. Walking is great for beginners, overweight people, those who have medical conditions that prevent them from any other type of activity and in general for those who just love to go for a walk outdoors (or even at indoor places such as malls). Controlling the calories you take in is also another good way of making sure walking will be more effective.
Choosing areas where the grade of elevation of the path changes (increases or decreases) and also the choice of the landscape (walking on sand or grass will increase the intensity and help you burn more calories) are factors that influence the amount of calories you will burn during your walk. Also adding extra weight on you (wearing a backpack or carrying a sandbag or even some free weights or kettlebells) will add some extra intensity to your walk and make you burn more calories.