WALKING IS NOT JUST FOR “BEGINNERS”
Whoever you are, walking can help you too. Whether you’re
- a beginner and just starting a health or weight loss journey
- someone who works out & eats healthy(-ish), but can’t seem to lose weight
- or someone who doesn’t want to lose weight, but is just going crazy and can’t seem to finish anything at their computer.
Even if you’re super fit and live in the gym, walking can make a HUGE difference for you.
Whether you want to lose weight by only walking or to supplement your workout routine by going on daily walks, as a “passionate” walker, here are my best tips on how to make walking more fun, so you can go further every time, burn fat and make it a habit you enjoy.
WALKING TO LOSE WEIGHT: TIPS TO HELP YOU MAKE WALKING A HABIT
You can take your walks in the morning, during your lunch break or after work – what time doesn’t really matter.
HERE’S HOW TO REDUCE INSULIN RESISTANCE (AND BURN BELLY FAT):
Remember: You don’t need to do all your walking at once.
Take one medium walk (for example 30 min) during the day to relieve stress and then try to stay active as much as you can throughout the day.
You can walk 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there, even 5 minutes will work, as long as you stay active at least for 5 min every hour. If you’re awake for 16h and walk 5min every hour you’ll walk 80 minutes daily – not bad at all. Small things do add up.
Okay, now let’s go.
1. THE RIGHT SHOES.
You won’t go very far if your shoes aren’t comfortable. Make sure to have shoes that aren’t too hard and aren’t too tight or too loose.
However the right shoes makes walking and running 100 times more enjoyable. Choose the right shoe for you, make sure they’re comfortable.
2. SET THE RIGHT GOAL.
Now, if you’re walking just to get in shape, burn fat or to get creative and reduce stress, then you need to change the way you think.
All these things, the benefits (like losing weight and feeling less stressed) are side effects of enjoying a DAILY walk. They are not the goal.
When walking, it’s really important to focus on something that you want to accomplish NOW, today. Not something that can happen in a few weeks (like losing weight).
Maybe it’s working on your to do list (like getting groceries, paying bills, meeting with a friend) or going somewhere you love or somewhere you’ve always been curious about.
3. RECORD YOUR STEPS AND TIME
Progress is not the only thing that should motivate you in life, but until you make something a habit and do it automatically – progress can pull you toward your goals. So TRACK.
Track how much time you walk or how many steps you make each day. You can use fitbit or any other fitness tracker to count how many steps you make.
Under 5.000 steps is considered sedentary and 10.000 steps is what most experts recommend.