Walk and Lose Weight

There is no shortage of people wanting to lose weight and I believe that this is one of those things that is not likely to be changing anytime soon. So here is one of what is probably the easiest tips for losing weight you'll ever hear about along the lines of reducing your size in ways that you may not have thought of before. So let's just go ahead and take a closer look at why this concept is included in an exercise and fitness oriented website.

lose weight walkingHere is a magical nugget of thought provoking wonder that will help someone in their quest to shed a few pounds without them having to really work all that hard at achieving it.

It sort of follows what I tend to talk a lot about where you really should spend a lot less time in front of the television. This involves one of the easiest of all exercises to do. And when you knuckle down to doing it on a regular basis, it really does help you to lose weight. Don't be too shocked when you try it for yourself and after a few weeks begin to really notice a marked difference in your fitness levels and health in general.

Walking is Exercise

Plain, good old fashioned walking has a lot more going for it than many people realize. For a start, it gets you out of the house and into the fresh air, which is always beneficial.

If you can do that on a bright sunny day, then the sun will lift your mood and bring a more positive feeling within you. Exposure to the sun also helps your body to produce vitamin D, which is essential for enabling your body to efficiently absorb calcium for strong bones. Just not too much all in one go because of the dangers of skin cancer.

Another bonus to spending some time in the outdoors with all that natural daylight is that it helps your body produce more of the natural feel good hormone, Serotonin. This is a huge mood booster when you get it in the right quantities and it can even help to dispel depression in some patients.

But what is usually recommended are bursts of between 30 minutes to an hour of brisk walking twice a day, once in the morning and once again in the evening. As long as you put some effort into your walking and don't simply amble along, then you'll raise your heart rate and force your muscles to do some work, which, as long as you do it for more than twenty minutes, will cause your body to begin to burn some of the excess stored fat as energy to fuel those muscles!

Plenty of Exercise Choice

There are many different types of exercise that you can do in order to lose some of that excess flab. Some of them involve complex machinery, others discipline and hard work, while others still are seen as too easy to be effective. In this article, I'd like to mention one of the first and probably easiest things anyone can do to start to lose weight, that is also quite effective. Oh, it helps if you have a dog!

That's because walking the dog (or dogs) is not only a fun way to spend some time with your best friend in the world, but it also gets you out of the house and moving that body! If you don't have a dog, don't fret! You can still walk, but it'll be just you, unless you can convince a suitably motivated friend to come along with you.

In that case, it's important that you are both aware that this is not meant to be a lazy stroll around the block then back to the sofa, TV and box of chocolates! Oh no! This is supposed to be enjoyable but also to burn off some weight at the same time, which means you'll have to pick up your pace.

That's why walking the dog is so perfect for this kind of exercise, as a dog naturally walks at a faster pace than you which means either you are fighting with him all the way to get him to slow down a bit, or you can submit to his own way of keeping fit and walk faster! It will benefit you in so many ways and is one of the truly great weight loss methods that are out there that very few people really think about!

Not only do you burn more energy when you walk fast, but you are also toning up a whole series of muscles not least of all your legs and backside. If you're a woman, that little benefit cannot be understated enough!

Now you also need to be doing this fro a minimum of half an hour - longer is better. That's because once you start exercising even if it is only light, you will raise your heart rate and start to sweat, both of which are good things. That means your body is burning energy. If that was all there was to it, it'd be a cinch! Unfortunately there's a little more to it than that.

Here's the Science:

When the body starts to burn energy through work (exercise is best), for the first 20 minutes of that exercise no matter how strenuous, you will only burn sugars already present in the blood. After the first 20 minutes, the liver will call for more when that is used up and the body will then begin to take its sugars from reserves, ie the fat cells. So any exercise you continue doing after the first 20 minutes is using up the excess blubber and you will start to lose weight.

Do this on a daily basis and watch the pound start to fall off.

Why? Because this is also cumulative. What starts to happen is that as the muscles tone, they also gain density the more you exercise (regularly) and so subsequently as you continue to exercise, your developing muscles will call for more energy in order to work. That means as you start to lose weight through exercise, you will actually lose more of the excess fat stored in your body over time.

It Takes Time

Now, at first you won't notice any reduction in your weight. That's because while you are using up stored fat, your muscles are gaining density. Muscle tissue weighs more than fat so the reduction you experience through using up the stored fat is offset by the extra weight you gain through the development of your muscles.

It's a good trade off as your muscles will not gain all that much mass and a point will be reached where you are losing more fat pound for pound than you are gaining in muscle density. That's when you start really losing weight.

This process happens over a period of several weeks of daily exercise exceeding 20 minutes where your heart rate is raised and you sweat and maybe get a little out of breath. So walking the dogs every day (or two or three times a day is better) for half an hour or so is very beneficial to you and just this (if you are sensible about what you eat) will help you to begin the process of not only losing fat but also getting healthy.

Because a healthy body will not gain weight through excess fat storage because you find an equilibrium between exercise, fitness and calorie burning and the food you eat. Once you have that equilibrium you'll find you'll never want to go back to the way you were!

Walking on its own is better than no exercise at all, but of course you will get more benefit if you watch what you eat and mix your exercises up a little for the best strategy to lose weight. Then you can include a nice, enjoyable long walk in the sunshine into your daily list of activities that not only get you exercised and improving your fitness levels, but also lifts your mood and puts a spring in your step. Literally!

So get out and walk! It's enjoyable, a lot of fun (with a dog) and really quite healthy. For producing easy results, it's one of the best exercises you can do!

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