Walking is one of the easiest ways to take the weight off because it is less strenuous than jogging. It is a better solution for those who have not exercised in a long time.
There are different types of walks that you can take in order to reduce your weight. The first is the casual lightweight walk, which is the leisurely type of walk. This type of walk is the least effective, however, and is the least likely of all the types of walking that will help you lose weight. It is a good place to start, and recommended for warm-up, but if you want to burn enough fat you have to try to pick up the pace as much as you can.
The best type of walking for losing weight is the brisk walking, or speed walking. The best way to engage in this type of walking is to stretch well before hand so you do not pull any muscles. Then, you should begin at the warm-up pace described earlier. Then, after you feel warmed up, and you feel as though your heart and blood is pumping slightly faster, then you can gradually increase the pace. Try to walk as fast as you can but do not overdo it.
While you are walking at a brisk pace, you can swing your arms one by one back in forth in opposite directions, like you are rowing a boat. This will help with your momentum while you are walking, and will help you keep your balance.
If you get tired while you are walking, you can slow down gradually and walk at a lesser pace. However, you need to remember not to speed up and slow down too quickly. That would be too hard on your heart. The best way to slow down and speed up is gradually, in order to prevent you from going into shock.
If you want to keep track of how many miles you have walked and how much fat and/or calories that you have burned, you can take a timer with you that will measure your performance. Another way you can keep track of the fat you burn is to walk on a treadmill. If you do not own a treadmill, you can sign up to use one at a gym.
Treadmills are a great way to walk, especially during the hottest days of summer because it is an exercise you can do indoors. This is ideal for those who risk the possibility of suffering heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. This is also a way to help keep you from becoming dehydrated, and is an alternative way for you to keep track of how many calories or fat you have burned.
Speaking of keeping hydrated, you will want to take a water bottle with you on your walk. However, do remember that if you drink water you should take it in very small sips at a time, very slowly. This will prevent you from getting a side ache or stomachache while you are walking.
If you keep track of your miles that you walk then you can figure out how many calories or fat grams that you have burned. This will help you plan your regular walking exercise routine. However, if you do not have an electronic way to keep track, you can figure it out mathematically. Formulas for figuring out how much fat you have burned can be found in numerous expert Dieting books. You can also find this information out from your doctor.
Another thing to remember about your walking routine is this: if you feel that you are hyperventilating, about to pass out, or feel that something else is wrong, either slow down or stop. Do not over exert yourself, and start out slower if it is your first few times walking. Even though your body is used to exercising, your body also needs time to adjust to it as well.
Also, if some of your leg muscles feel sore the next day there is generally no need to worry. That is a good sign that you are working muscles you have not used before. Usually the soreness goes away the more you walk. However, make sure you still stretch before your walk, and slow down gradually when you are about to stop walking for the day.
If you follow all of the above tips regarding walking as your workout, you will lose weight. Not only that, but you and your body will feel great.