While a lot of women choose to train with intensity, some women just dont have the time and lack the energy to get in an intense workout several times a week. What you may not realize is that not everyone needs to join the gym to get in shape.
Walking can be an effective exercise for women who want to lose weight and maintain a fit and toned body.
Benefits of Walking
Walking has been known to reduce the risk of heart diseases, colon cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, stroke, and other similar disorders.
Walking is one of the most effective exercises to lose weight and build muscles.
Weight can be viewed as the result of two processes.
The first process is the number of calories consumed every day, the second is how many calories you burn in a day.
If you eat more calories in a day than you burn, then you will gain weight. So, in order to lose weight, a person must eat fewer calories and burn more.
The calories that a person burns must come from the stored fat in his body. One pound of body fat is equal to about 3,500 calories. If you plan to lose one to two pounds a week, then you should burn an equivalent number of calories. And the right kind of walking exercise can help you burn these calories.
How should one walk in order to lose pounds?
Note: If you have never done any kind of vigorous walking you should first consult with your doctor before you begin any exercise program.
Make sure you perform some beginner stretching exercises to warm up first. Followed by a warm up walk for 5-10 minutes
This warm-up walk will signal your muscles that you are about to engage in a pound-losing walking exercise and that your muscles should burn calories from stored fat.
After the warm-up walk, do some stretching or flexibility exercises before you begin walking at a faster pace. This faster pace should be similar to walking when you know that you are about ten minutes late for an important appointment.
You can hear your breathing but it is not too labored because you can still carry on sentence-long conversations. When you walk at such an intense and determined pace, more calories are burned because more muscles (including those of the arms) are involved.
This body-shaping walking exercise should last between thirty minutes to one hour. If you are a beginner doing this walking exercise, it is best that you concentrate on how far you can walk before you work on your speed.
To have an idea of how far should you ideally walk, you should remember that for an average 160-pound person, walking one mile is equivalent to burning 100 calories. If you are already walking twenty miles a week, then you should attempt to increase your speed. Aim to cover one mile in less than thirteen minutes.
Once you are done with the fast-paced body-shaping walk, slow down and continue walking at a more comfortable rate for the next five minutes. You are now giving your muscles the signals that you are about to be done. After the slow-paced walk, do gentle stretching exercises again.
Then, you are set and ready to tackle the next activities of the day.
Walking will not only help you lose weight, it is great for improving mental health and cardiovascular capacity. The best thing about walking its not necessary to join a gym, walking can be done just about anywhere.