One of the ways in which you can really boost the effects of a healthy, calorie controlled diet is to walk off some of the excess weight. Many dieters shun exercise because they think it will be hard work and they have their diet and that it will be enough. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both ideals. Here we take a look at why walking is an excellent form of exercise that perfectly compliments a good weight loss diet and how you can overcome any fear of exercise by trying this simple and enjoyable way to make the excess fat disappear faster.
There is walking and there is walking. When most people walk, they generally tend to amble along at a snail's pace and get to where they are going eventually without a thought spared about how they can make a few changes to turn that simple action into a fat burning exercise form that is just as easy to do and brings with it a whole host of benefits.
Speed Things Up
The first thing you need to do is to walk faster than a basic amble to make it effective. Now that doesn't mean walking like an athlete speed walker or like the guy who is late for his train but refuses to break out into a full blown run, choosing rather to walk a little like Groucho Marx as fast as his legs can carry him. Instead, you need to use a little common sense and set your walking pace so that it is fast enough to cause you to increase your breathing rate, heart rate and to make you break out in a sweat. In other words, it needs to be just strenuous enough to make you feel like you are doing some real exercise without looking silly or breaking into a trot!
Increase the Time
Time is a pretty important factor too when walking. That's because your body will burn up the sugars that are present in the bloodstream before it will be forced to start taking fat and converting it to more burnable sugars and that process takes about twenty minutes to happen. The clever thing is that it doesn't matter whether you are running at break-neck speed, or walking at an elevated pace, it still takes twenty minutes for your body to change from burning blood sugar to burning fat.
Another side to this is it is best to go out of the house for a walk in the fresh air during the daytime and preferably when it is sunny, assuming you live in a place where you can breathe the air as some city centers are not the best places for this. Then you can get the double benefit of the walking exercise plus being able to breathe in lots of fresh air which is a booster for health and also a booster for your mood. That last benefit is because getting fresh air and sunlight together are known by experts to improve your mental state and can even bring people out of depression when done regularly, like every day.
So you see that walking to lose weight comes with additional bonuses that most people don't really think about. But by reading this article, now you know about so can do it to boost your own weight loss efforts in an enjoyable and beneficial way.
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