Would you like to lose a few pounds, but the needle on your scales isn't swinging in the right direction? Charles Aisenberg, sports doctor at the INSEP (French National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance), recommends fitness walking for those looking to feel better about their body.Forget about the fuss of fad diets and walk your way to weight loss instead!
FITNESS WALKING: THE IDEAL WAY TO LOSE A FEW POUNDS
There are two things you need if you want to lose weight and slim down: a varied and balanced diet without cutting out any particular foods, alongside exercise such as fitness walking. Regular fitness walking will help you burn more calories.
This highly accessible endurance activity turns fat into energy, which your muscles then use as you exercise.
Fitness walking may be less demanding than running, cycling or swimming, but it burns fat at a comparable rate. During an 8kph (~5 mph) fitness walking session, you will burn an average of 610kcal/h, compared to 690kcal/h during a 10kph (~6 mph) running session.
- GOOD TO KNOW: Fitness walking, or active walking, is recommended if you are overweight. Unlike running, there is no repeated impact with the ground. Your joints (ankles, hips and knees) bear almost half the weight they would if you were running. You can be sure that they will soon thank you for this: fitness walking means less pain for more-enjoyable gain!
YOUR BODY IS A NATURAL PAIR OF SCALES
The human body works like a pair of scales, with your calorie intake on one side and the calories you burn on the other.
Your calorie intake comes from the food and drink you consume during the day. You burn more calories while you exercise and as you sleep, or through more unfortunate daily factors such as stress.
To lose weight quickly and easily, and keep it off in the long run, it is essential to keep your calorie scales balanced, and you can do this with fitness walking. The advantage of exercise is that it allows you to lose weight and keep it off in a healthy way, unlike extreme diets, which will often leave you feeling drained without offering any lasting effects.
The most important thing is to take your time and stay motivated thanks to objectives you have set yourself, and you can do this by monitoring your activity in a training log.
WHERE YOUR MUSCLES GET THEIR ENERGY FROM, HELPING YOU TO BURN CALORIES
During endurance exercise, such as your next fitness walking session, your muscles are going to get the energy they need from:
sugars: glucose found in your blood, and glycogen stored in your muscles and liver
fats: fats stored in muscles and fatty tissues.
Therefore, if you want to lose weight quickly through fitness walking, your body has to start burning fat. How long do I have to walk if I want to lose weight? You will start burning fat, and therefore begin to lose weight, after 30 minutes of walking.
If you are looking for a way to lose weight, and you are sick and tired of dieting, walking is the way forward! Enjoy losing weight as you exercise with fitness walking.
Jeanick Landormy, fitness walking coach, also recommends you follow this training plan if you want to lose weight.