There have been several expert studies in the past which argue that running is king. However, there are even more studies today that prove that walking is the front runner (pun intended) when it comes to weight loss.
Walking is the best when it comes to fat loss, hands down. It is essential to note that walking reduces the genetic risks of obesity by at least half. As such, it is recommended to walk for at least 30 minutes on a daily basis. In case you still haven’t taken up walking simply because you think running or exercising like lifting weight burns more calories, then you should think again.
It is worth noting that a walk for a mile will burn 90% of the calories that actually running a similar distance would have burnt. So in fact, running does burn more calories.
How far can you run nonstop?
How often per week would you be able to perform this workout?
Wouldn’t it be much easier to simply walk the same distance and still get 90% of the benefits? Of course it is.
Unless you are already in a great shape and want to further improve your stamina, there is no reason to suffer the effort of running.
Another benefit of walking is the fact that walkers are less likely to sustain injuries as compared to runners and weight lifters. When you are running, you are continuously pounding your knees and putting unnecessary stress on them. Maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow, but eventually that will take its toll on your body. Walking has fewer and less painful health risks like back pain, shin splints and as mentioned earlier, knee injuries. At the same time, keep in mind that even for walking, it is extremely vital to warm up before walking briskly so always start slowly.
If you want to burn fat, walking is almost as effective as running and more effective than many other exercises. Apart from the increased energy, improved muscle tone, reduced stress and improved heart health that are associated with walking, it has another additional benefit – you can easily fit it into your schedule! By walking for ten minutes 3 or 4 times in a day, you will certainly enjoy the same benefits that would have come with running. This fits into even the tightest of schedules.
And you don’t even need to take a shower afterwards or change clothes! You just have to make sure that you are wearing the right pair of shoes.
Last but not least, taking a walk in the outdoors will help clear your head. Plus, there is no need to spend money on a gym membership since you can burn fat and calories as you walk and enjoy the wonderful fresh air.
So get out there, breathe deeply, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the great outdoors!
Walking on a Treadmill
If you already have a gym membership, that’s good as well. This would be especially useful when it is raining or if it is too cold outside. Sure, walking in place isn’t as exciting as walking outdoors but you can try to make it more interesting. You can always take that time to listen to a good podcast or an audiobook. Another benefit of treadmills is that you can comfortably adjust the speed and incline (something not possible outside) to add variety and to challenge yourself.