Before going on with this article and start walking on a daily basis, it’s better to consult with your doctor for advice and ask if you are healthy enough to perform this activity on daily basis.
Walking is one of the best ways to burn calories. It can help alleviate high blood pressure and improve your blood sugar levels. Furthermore, walking will help improve your mood, make your legs look great and make your creative juices start flowing. For just a simple exercise, that's really a wonderful benefit. A brisk walk a day is all it takes to burn calories, tone your muscles and improve your health.
There are two factors that affect the amount of calories we burn and that is:
1. Body Weight
2. Walking area
With an average speed of 4 miles per hour, a person can burn 400 calories in just one hour of walking.
So how many steps will it take you to burn calories?
1 mile = 2,000 steps = 100 calories burned
1 pound – 3,500 calories
And in order for you to lose a pound of weight in each week, you will need to burn at least 500 calories per day, or in other words, walk 5 miles every day.
Here are some useful tips to better adjust to a walking routine:
1. Avoid using the bus, and walk to your workplace or home
2. Walk your children to school
3. Walk to the station and forget about taking a bus or taxi
4. Avoid parking your car in front of the destination you need to get to
5. Use the stairs, not elevator
How Often Should You Walk?
Scientifically, it is recommended that your first three days of performing this routine should consist of 15-20 minute walks, and gradually increase to 30-60 minutes of walking on a daily basis. This is confirmed as the easiest and best way to start losing weight without following strict diets and exercise regimes.