Walking Your Way Into Fitness

Kaleena Lawless

Personal Training Specialist

Many people believe that if they cannot run, they will not lose weight by walking alone. This is not even close to being true! With speed + distance, walking is a very effective weight loss, and general health activity. Walking totes the same benefits of running, with the added bonus of being low impact. Not to mention you can walk and talk more easily with a friend than running together!

To make a walk effective for fitness, (oppose to a leisurely stroll) try:

1. Walking fast 
2. Walking far 
3. Using your arms to "pump" with your steps. This increases the cardiovascular demand on the body and better circulates blood throughout the body.

Ideas for walking adventures:

1. Go on a day hike. I love to do these mini-day trips in conservation centres, ravines, parks or even by making it an urban hike, and discovering neighbourhoods in the city you have never come across before. Bring a camera!

2. Run errands on foot. This may be a little more time consuming but it's worth it to be able to get a workout in. If you did the walk separately, it would take a lot longer!

3. Walking on the treadmill at the gym or home is surprisingly challenging. Add an incline to the routine to rev up your calorie burn and overall fat loss.

Walking is a great way to improve your physique and overall health and fitness levels. Walking lowers stress, strengthens the heart, and tones the lower body.

Walk Into Fitness!

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  • Wice says
    There is a great website where you can map your walks to see exactly the distance your are covering. It also shows calories used and has a setting for cyclists. I have mapped out about twenty walks from my home in all different directions so I can choose a walk from 4 to1 10kms depending on how I am feeling.

    It really motivates you having this information and you can even map through parks and where there is no road by using the different views.

  • KH says
    I'll have to check that one out. I've always used Map My Run

  • Anna says
    i just dont find walking does anything for me... unfortunately i have to run!!
  • Kellyb26 says
    I always feel like a dork when I power walk but I suppose to get the results.... JUST DO IT lol
  • ClaireElizabeth says
    Yep I've lost weight and got fit just by walking and eating well and then do some toning exercises. I find running works quicker but too hard on my joints
  • sandybeaches says
    I do a little run,power walk when no one around,my dog zelda loves it too we live in the country and with the new cycle track going in soon all the more easier to get to the river.
  • mahmmatesrulez says
    Power walking does work but remember, to see any results you have to mix it with healthy eating as well!
  • Rosie says
    I love walking! I'm not a runner, but I can walk fast.
  • djavkal says
    Walking is the best fitness for myself and my partner, it is stressfree and is just like having a date for us, we walk on our own pace and talks lot of things... its so beneficial that it has been a great part of our daily journey and moments together.... Cheers!!!!
  • Soland says
    There are different types of weight loss regimen to lose fat and fight obesity. You just need to find the right fitness program that best suits your schedule, just like the students working at Marvelousessays.com reviews, that writes article about different fitness regimen.

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