“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your bodyweight gets down to your goal-weight.

Walking is not sufficient exercise

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of ‘exercise’ is:

“Activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness.”

Walking has become a go-to ‘exercise’ choice for a lot of people who want to say they ‘exercise’ without actually putting in any effort. They go for a twenty minute walk a few days per week and then can’t understand why they don’t lose weight or feel any fitter than before.

Reality check:

Walking is a very normal human activity. It IS NOT exercise – unless you’re very, very old, or very, very weak from illness or injury.

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In order to EXERCISE you need to do something that you don’t normally expect from your body, like run for a long time, or sprint, or lift heavy weights. Anything that makes you sweat a lot. Walking is not one of these things, otherwise we could claim that our exercise routine includes our trips to grab snacks from the fridge every couple of hours.

So is there a way to make walking into exercise?

If you can walk at a brisk pace for over an hour, on tough terrain (think uphills, rocks, a little climbing) so that you get sweaty and tired, then you can call that exercise. Very few people walk like this. The ones who do call it ‘hiking’.

Can walking help you lose weight?

Walking for weight loss IS a real thing. It might not make you FITTER, but it can help you lose weight. However, for the best effect, you need to take a brisk walk early in the morning after drinking a cup of black coffee (don’t eat anything before you walk). Have your first meal of protein around an hour after you return from your walk for optimum fat-burning.

Walking can help you lose weight, but it’s not EXERCISE.

Both exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are important for a sustainable healthy lifestyle. Don’t prioritise one over the other.



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