Walk Your Fat Away Day 1
Walking for Weight Loss
Since this is the first day of the new year, it is a great opportunity to start incorporating some great habits into our daily lives. One of them, especially for people looking to make some inroads on their fitness levels, is walking. This idea was first brought up to my by a reader, Jeannie, and as you know, I am usually advocating for squats, deadlifts and pushups.
But since I have started coaching Aldo, which I have written about in posts the last 2 days, walking is a great solution for him, as he has not been doing much of any exercise for many years. Aldo is on a twelve week plan, and the goal is for him to drop 24lbs over the next 12 weeks, and more importantly to reduce his body fat percentage.
Walking is a great way to warm up, even in the winter, to tone, to feel better about yourself and believe it or not, to slim down. Can it be that easy?
The editors of Prevention magazine have reported that “a new study shows that the fast walker actually loses more. Researchers from the University of Virginia found that women who did three shorter, fast-paced walks a week (plus two longer, moderate-paced ones) lost 5 times more abdominal fat than those who simply strolled at a moderate speed 5 days a week, even though both groups burned exactly the same number of calories (400) per workout. The speedsters also dropped more than 2 inches from their waistlines, pared about 3 times more fat from their thighs, shed 4 times more total body fat, and lost almost 8 pounds over 16 weeks—all without dieting!”
Walking is a great way to shape up, so as a result of the emails that I received from Jeannie, I suggested to Aldo that we should start off with walking 20minutes a day with a break on the weekend of one or two days. We met up this morning about 830am and walked around our block for more than 20minutes, actually closer to 40 minutes. Despite the cold, it was very invigorating, Aldo felt great and so did I.
A great way to start the day, so let’s see if we can incorporate this pretty simple, yet effective exercise, walk 30minutes, briskly, 5 to 6 times a week, eat 3 good meals, with plenty of veggies and one or two snacks with fruits between 8am to 8pm, and get to sleep by 11pm. Simple, no?