How To Lose Weight The Easy Way

September 15

If you are looking for an easy way to exercise and lose weight, consider walking the weight off. Just 30 minutes of exercise each day along with a sensible diet may help you lose up to two pounds a week. Sound simple enough? Why not give it a try.

Walking is one of the most inexpensive physical activities that you can engage in. All you need is a good pair of athletic shoes that are designed for walking. Since you will be putting in a lot of miles over a period of time, you will want a pair of shoes that give you the support you need. Spend time picking out your shoe and ask a shoe specialist to help you choose the right one for you. Don’t be shy about walking around the store in the shoe before you make the decision to purchase. Wear the thickest sock that you might possibly wear with the shoe, too.

Choose an area to walk that is safe but offers pleasant scenery. You might want to bring along an iPod or other MP3 so you can listen to music. You might even find a walking buddy to keep you motivated. But don’t be disappointed if you can’t find someone to join you, just get out there and get moving.

If you have a dog, remember that they love to walk, too. Usually your pet will make a great companion for walking and will help to keep you motivated, as they like to remind you that it is time to go, each day.

Begin walking for 15 minutes in one direction. Wear a watch and a pedometer if you have one. Once you return from your walk, you will have walked for 30 minutes. Now, you have started your 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Of course if all you do is walk for 30 minutes every day, you might begin to get bored. So I suggest for the best weight loss and fitness results to alternate your days with strength training exercises. Also called resistance training, these types of exercises will increase flexibility, build endurance and help to strengthen your muscles. The better developed and stronger your muscles, the less impact to your joints and bones when doing cardio or aerobic activities, such as walking.

One of the great benefits of walking is the ability to simply clear your mind. I believe it helps to lift my spirit and I return refreshed after a 30-minute walk, then I’ll follow that with about 10 minutes of stretching. It’s a great way to start the day.

Now you don’t want to start an exercise program without first getting an okay from your doctor. Always follow your physician’s advice before beginning any diet or exercise program.

~ Karen Ficarelli

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  1. You can increase the benefits you receive from walking by alternately increasing and decreasing your speed during your 30 minutes. Walking is my favorite exercise!

  2. Deb on 09/15/2010 at 3:34 pm
  3. Might not be the ‘easy way’ to lose weight, but could be alot of fun. Regis and Kelly are holding their High Heel-a-thon Sept 22 in NYC. If you can beat the other ladies (while wearing minimum 3 inch heels), first prize is a 2010 VW Jetta and $10k!!

    Here’s the link for those interested. If you can’t make it to Midtown this week, there is a cute flash game on the website. Good luck!

  4. k3llygr33n on 09/20/2010 at 7:51 pm
  5. I think walking for 30-45 minutes a day is great for daily exercise. As long as you stick with a sensible and healthy diet, walking everyday for 30-45 minutes will give you steady results. I encourage my bootcamp class to combine everyday daily changes (such as walking to work if you are close enough, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, leave the cream and sugar out of your coffee, etc.) along with their diet and exercise program to really maximize your results. I enjoy a nice 45 minute walk/jog in the morning to help wake me up and get the blood flowing to start my day. I encourage my ladies at New Orleans Boot Camp to walk atleast 30 minutes a day!

  6. New Orleans Fitness Group Leader - Jonas Deffes on 09/21/2010 at 2:31 pm
  7. I very much agree walking as a physical exercise to lose weight is still the best option since it does not need expensive equipment and also can be done almost at any of your leisure time.

  8. fitness and health exercise on 11/15/2010 at 4:16 am

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