There are hundreds of diet pill manufacturers that tell you that you can take their pill and lose weight without exercise. A number of diet plans tell you that with their meals that you can lose weight, and keep it off. What they don’t tell you is that once you go off the diet you will gain the weight back, and a little more. Their meals are so loaded with salt, that if you don’t die from anorexia, it’s only because you will die from a stroke before you have a chance to lose the weight. According to fitness experts, one of the “secrets” to losing weight, and keeping it off is to eat right and keep moving.
Out of the three greatest aerobic exercises, walking, bike riding, and swimming, walking is the one most suited to helping you lose weight. Bike riding requires clear roads unless you spend a lot on a stationary bike. Swimming you have to wait for fair weather or be at the mercy of a gym’s schedule. Walking can be done year round. Leslie Sansone has put out dvd’s on walking in the comfort of your own living room making concerns about the weather obsolete.
In an article on walking.about.com “Walking at a moderate pace for 30-60 minutes burns stored fat, and can build muscle to speed up your metabolism. Walking an hour a day is also associated with cutting your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes and stroke.”
The trick is to find time in a busy schedule to do aerobic walking. The trick I use is walking the 25-30 minutes to work. I’ve been able to lose 20 pounds in the past few months just by walking to and from work. It helps to live two miles away from work.
Whether you walk to work, school, when you wake up, or after you get home, you just need to figure out when you have the time. Even if the only real time you have is spent in front of the television, you can use that time walking in place while catching your favorite show.
After finding your walking routine, there is one problem. Over time you may find yourself in a rut. I’ve come up with a few tricks to overcome this feeling. I make my walking more interesting by making it into a game. A good example that I use, and I got my wife interested, by observing the birds and animals around me. After I get home I try to remember what I saw, and try to identify the nature I find. The walking games you use are up to you, just make sure it’s something you’re interested in.
The other method I use is to reward myself when I finish. It doesn’t matter what reward you give yourself as long as it motivates you to keep going.
Walking is not only healthy, and a great way to lose weight, it can also become a fun way to learn about the world around you, so keep your eyes open. Keep on walking.
Challenge: Check your schedule, find at least 30 minutes of free time, and use that time to get healthy.