The Power of Walking!

August 21, 2014

The Power of Walking!

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When I was in the 10th grade I joined a neighborhood dieting program. It was very similar to Weight Watchers but was not an official WW.

The woman running the group was a nice single mom who after her divorce had gained about 100 lbs. She lost about 90lbs and started this weight-loss group.

At the time, I was not into much of any sport, unless you consider talking to your friends on the phone a physical activity. I started this diet and I was eager to succeed. I realized early on that eating well and following the diet strictly would bring me great results but I wanted more...

I wanted success.

I was in high school and my schedule was busy, my commute to school was a 1.5 hours each way, which didn’t leave much time after school for exercise.

I decided that walking would be a good way to exercise:

I started getting off the bus on the way home at a stop that was 40 minutes from home and I would walk the last 40 minutes. For six months, I did this at least 3 times a week until it became a habit with my friend. We walked fast but not power walking, since we were carrying heavy backpacks.

I lost about 40 lbs in those 6 months.

On the days that I couldn’t walk after school I would walk with a friend after dinner for 30-45 minutes.

I have found that walking 3-5 per week for 30-45 minutes on a consistent basis is one of the best ways to lose weight and exercise.

One reason is that even if you are extremely tired you can convince yourself to go out for a 30-minute walk. It’s harder if you are too tired to run, bike or go to the gym, but a walk most of us can find the energy to do.

It’s also an activity you can do while doing other things like, talking to a friend on the phone, walking a baby to sleep, walking to the store, catching up with a friend, quality partner time, or quality parent-child time.

Often people think that walking is for beginners, for those people who can’t run, for the people who don’t go to the gym.

I disagree. Walking is a very natural activity that your body can do very well and it’s not too hard on your joints, knees or back.

One of the things that's hard for anyone trying to stay fit, is, the consistency of doing any activity on a day to day basis. Walking is easy to accomplish. I suggest walking 30-45 minutes 3-5 times per week.

I guarantee you will see the result in a very short time.




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