Brisk Walking for Weight Loss: Does it Work?

brisk walking for weight loss

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One of the most underutilized techniques for weight loss is actually surprisingly, brisk walking. Most people equate huge fat burn with going to the gym and sweating it out for hours at a time.

If you are anything like me, you watch the latest episode of “The Biggest Loser” and think “This is how I reach my goals.” The problem is, most of the injuries and exhaustion greet me at the beginning of week two. Then I end up getting injured within days through overdoing it, and then I quit. (because this šŸ‘‡ is not my idea of fun…)

If there is anything I have learned from my 40 lb. weight loss in the last 4 months, it is this… small changes are always more SUSTAINABLE and lead to better RESULTS.Ā 

The surprising and not so common advice is to actually go for a brisk walk in the mornings. There are so many hidden benefits of walking that are overlooked because they don’t seem “intense” enough for most people.

Is walking 30 minutes a day enough?

I know, I get it. I have done ALL the crazy workouts, and absolutely punished myself all while sampling some of the insane diets of our modern world and not seen the needle move a bit. Why? Because I was telling my body we were going to starve.

30 minutes of brisk walking is recommended for optimal fat burning. You can opt to do up to 90 minutes a day of brisk walking for the absolute best recommended walking exercise for health.

A lot of times in our zealousness to get in shape and get ready for that big event we throw ourselves into the hard core thing. Because that’s what works right? NOPE.

Most of the time, the more complicated we make something, the less likely we are to do it. Which leads to a lifelong struggle with procrastination. If you are looking for some basic motivation and how to keep yourself from procrastination check out my blog with 15 awesome procrastination tips!

Can you lose belly fat by walking each day?

Well… According to the Mayo Clinic, walking CAN help you trim your waistline as well as help you prevent or manage various other conditions. Some of those conditions include: heart disease, high blood pressure, and even type 2 diabetes.

** Update**

I recently found this awesome video for exercising your inner abdominals to get a smaller waist and have been doing them for a week or so, I will come back and update in a couple of weeks and let you all know my results. For now, you can check out the video for yourself below…

One of my personal favorite benefits of brisk walking is mood improvement. Whenever I feel uninspired or just overwhelmed, I go for a quick 15 minute walk and all is right with the world again!

What is considered brisk walking?

I recently read an article from “Very Well Fit” on walking for weightloss and it said “You should walk fast enough that you are in theĀ moderate-intensity exercise zone at 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate. You should be breathing harder than usual and can speak in full sentences, but you couldn’t sing“. Basically, you should be walking comfortably fast, as if you were late for a meeting.

My Favorite Brisk Walking Workout

Years ago, when I was just a young mom, I was given a DVD from a woman named Leslie Sansone. She is awesome and helped me gain a passion for brisk walking. Now that I live in an RV, I have to find a new way to do this every day. Thankfully, I did find one of her awesome walking videos on YouTube. Leslie is super sweet and encouraging, not at all drill sergeant. Leslie makes the walking fun. She has tons of different walking routines but this classic is one of my favorites by far! I usually go this one mile walk twice to help me meet my 30 minute daily goal!

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Brittany Thompson

My goal is to help others recover from impossible standards and self-imposed stress by learning to build a healthy life in all areas. You can see more of my work at www.thehipstermommy.com and www.ketoisforgirls.com

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