Forget the gym. That’s right-you can ditch the fancy gym you’ve been paying through the nose for if you want to lose weight. You have a much better option closer to home. And, yes-it is free. I am, of course, talking about walking. That’s right-putting one foot in front of the other can help you lose weight and you don’t have to sign up on an expensive payment plan to reap its rewards. You can do it anywhere and at anytime. You don’t need special gear for it. You not only get out, you also breathe fresh air, check out new sights, but you also don’t have to huff and puff your way around. You can burn quite a bit of weight if you walk and a recent study shows that the amount of calories you burn might be the same with walking than the more inconvenient running or jogging. You just have to learn how to do it right.
Brisk Walking Is The Key
Don’t expect to lose much weight if you plan to pimp walk your way around your apartment complex or to the nearest park. It just isn’t going to happen. You have to walk briskly at a sustained pace. This doesn’t mean you have to speed walk. You just need to walk fast enough so you are breathing quickly and your heartbeat is elevated. Many people confuse the fact that they are walking to the fact that they are exercising. This is not always true. If you walk only short distances, you have to walk very briskly to lose weight. If you want to walk slowly, you can-if you plan to walk very long distances.
Enjoy The Surroundings
Brisk walking doesn’t have to involve a frenetic race to get home. You can enjoy your surroundings while walking briskly. Actually, this helps get your mind off the inconvenience or discomfort of exercising and you get more energy to keep going. Stay focused but enjoy yourself as well. Enjoy the clean air and feel the warm morning sun on your skin. Indeed, morning walks can be a great way to commune with nature and feel at one with something greater than yourself.
If you walk long enough and walk hard enough, you will sweat-a lot. This is where the threat of dehydration comes in. Dehydration can sneak up on you. Make sure you take a water bottle along by packing at least one bottle in your backpack.