Over the years several methods have been geared up towards helping people lose weight, and one of the most important is good old fashioned walking which remains one of the best things to add onto a weight loss workout program or plan, particularly if you are not looking forward to any very intense workout routine. Walking is very healthy for the body and it is absolutely helpful as a supplemental exercise if you are trying to drop major weight or body fat.
If you are trying to lose weight, you will need to challenge your cardiovascular endurance. Keep in mind that this is relative to your own fitness level and it doesn’t have to involve any exercise too intimidating.
If you are trying to lose weight by walking, one tip you can use to boost your chances of success for your efforts is to use a pedometer. Pedometers are extremely cheap and can go a long way in helping you to determine how many miles you walk in a day, and how many more you might need to walk in order to lose weight.
How many steps do I need to take to lose weight?
The average person has a stride that is about 2.5 ft long. Using this stride length, there are roughly 2, 112 steps in every average person’s mile.
You burn roughly 100 calories for each mile you walk. If a person was then to commit to walking 4,500 steps extra per day, or roughly 3 miles, you would burn an extra 300 calories per day at least. Burning 300 calories each day leads to a weekly deficit of 2, 100 calories. That’s roughly 9, 000 calories burnt after a month which would equate to approximately 2.6 pounds lost. At this rate you would be boasting of losing over 31 pounds after a year.
How many miles a day do you need to walk to lose weight?
The number of miles per day that you need to walk to lose weight really depends on your starting point. As mentioned above, it’s important to find out what your starting point is in terms of your activity level, the number of calories you’re currently burning in the day, and the distance that you are covering on average. Once you have an idea of what these figures are for your personal habits and activities, you’ll get a good idea of how many additional steps you’ll need to take each day to see results.
Remember, it’s all a simple math equation.
Here are the basic numbers;
1 Mile = 2112 steps
1 Mile walked = 100 calories burned
1 Pound = 3500 calories
2 Pound weight loss per week = 7000 cal, or a 500 cal deficit per day.
Walking is an excellent and healthy way to get fit and/or lose weight. Combine your walking habit with strength training workouts and you will be able to build muscle content, which burns calories at a higher rate than fat, even while you’re resting.