Spring has sprung and the mercury is on the rise! Days are longer and clothes are being shed because of the warmer weather. Shape up season has arrived! Most of us don’t think of walking as a fitness plan or way to lose weight. But fast-paced walking is an effective way to lose weight and improve your health including cutting your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Studies suggest that just a 30 minute high-intensity walk each day can help lose weight. The longer you walk the better the results, so I recommend building up to 45-60 minutes per day, and that can be broken up depending on your schedule.
Walking is an easy, inexpensive and fun way to stay fit. I love to walk with friends and the social element makes the time fly. It is the perfect time of year to get outside but if the weather takes a turn, you can take it indoors and walk at malls.
Here are a few tips:
- Invest in good walking shoes.
- Bring a water bottle.
- Change your routes so you don’t get bored.
- Stretch before and after you walk so you don’t injure yourself.
- Wear sunscreen!
- Be mindful of your posture and swing your arms for added calorie burn.