Too busy to set aside time for some serious exercise? Here’s some good news: You can walk to get fit and even lose weight.
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Juggling work and personal commitments can be hard. Sometimes, it just feels impossible to keep to your exercise routine. Good news though, there’s something can you do every day to help you lose or maintain your weight – walking. Here are four great reasons to start walking more.
1. Fast-paced walking – when combined with a healthy diet – is hugely effective for weight loss
Studies have found that women who do three 30-minute high-intensity walks – plus two moderately paced recovery walks a week – lose up to six times more abdominal fat than participants who simply strolled five days a week. Whether you’re running for the train that’s just come into the platform, increasing your speed when walking to your office, or setting some time during breaks to do so, there’s no excuse for you to say no to walking.
2. Power walking is easier on the joints than running
If you’re not much of a runner or jogger, power walking helps, too. The activity involves moving at a very fast pace while using your arms to help propel you forward and taking longer strides. This helps you torch approximately 300 calories per hour (based on a 55kg woman). “There is a strong relationship between intensity of exercise and fat-burning hormones,” according to Art Weltman, director of exercise physiology at the University of Virginia. “So if you’re exercising at a pace considered to be hard, you’re likely to release more of these hormones.”
3. Walking will improve your health too
Taking roughly 10,000 steps a day sets off a chain reaction of physical benefits – such as lower blood pressure, reduced risk for heart disease and better odds for preventing breast cancer. Not sure how many steps you’ve taken? Invest in an activity tracker or use apps on your phone to keep track.
(Also read: 9 Scary Things Sugar Does to Your Body)
4. It’s super easy to add walking to your daily routine
Walking does not require any special equipment and can be done every day. Choose to walk instead of taking the bus to the MRT station in the morning – you will burn some extra calories, and get to save on transport fare!
(Also read: 8 Ways to Burn More Calories By Walking)
This story originally appeared on www.herworldplus.com/weddings.