In the past I was always under the impression that not eating resulted in lower body fat…..WRONG! I did not understand the importance of food as a fuel source. I did not understand what my body was telling me and so on. I wouldn’t eat for a day, I tried different diets…low carb etc. etc. For me diets do NOT work! This is my take on diets, maybe they work for some, not me! They make me miserable! So I just changed the types of food that I ate (not the amount), moved around more (parked further away at the mall, store etc., took the stairs instead of the escalator) along with a regular fitness routine the results came! Eventually I did hit a plateau with the amount of weight I shed and started to factor in the amount of calories as well. My point! Start a fitness plan that you will be consistent with. Maybe you have an injury, bad knees or something that is prohibiting you from getting started?
How about a walk? Walking at a moderate pace for 35-60 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.
Here’s a quick way to figure out how fast you walk. Instead of timing yourself on a measured track, you can calculate your walking speed by counting your steps. Once you’re warmed up, count how many steps you take in a minute of walking (or count your steps for 20 seconds and multiply by 3).
- If you’re walking for your health, a pace of about 3 miles per hour (or about 120 steps per minute; fewer if you’re tall) is about right. That’s a 20-minute mile.
- To walk for weight loss, you’ll have to pick up the pace to 4 miles per hour (or 135 steps per minute), a 15-minute mile
Useful links for walking:
Isn’t it time to work 1-hour walks into your busy lifestyle?
Stay active. Stay Healthy!