Easy Weight Loss Exercise For Anyone

28 March 2010, 02:01 | Posted under by Tatiana

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If you’re very overweight, many exercise methods may be just too much. You may even get so discouraged that you quit after just one attempt. That’s no way to lose weight. You must find an exercise you can do consistently. But if all you can manage to do is walk, you may wonder if you can just walk and lose weight.
Walking is a fantastic exercise because it is so simple and accessible. Anyone who can walk at all can begin a walking program to lose weight. In fact, if you have not been active in a long time, walking is the best activity to start with in order to build up strength and endurance for any other activity. And yes, you can walk and lose weight.
The keys to weight loss from walking are intensity, duration, and consistency. Don’t worry if you can’t walk fast or for very long at first. Start slowly and work up to more strenuous walking as you can.
The best weight-burning intensity is 60 – 70% of your maximum heart rate. For the purpose of weight loss from walking, you can find your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220. Thus, the maximum heart rate for a 50-year-old would be 170 beats per minute. Working at an intensity of 70%, the 50-year-old would lose weight by maintaining her heart rate at the target rate of 119 beats per minute.
If you don’t have a heart rate monitor or have trouble counting heartbeats, estimate the intensity of your walk by talking. If you can’t carry on a conversation, you’re working too hard. Back off a bit until you can walk and talk comfortably at the same time.
To lose weight by walking, the duration of your workout should be at least 30 minutes. That’s 30 minutes at your target heart rate, not counting warm-up. Of course you probably won’t be able to do that at first, and that’s okay. Just do as much as you can and increase as you get fitter.
Once you start your program, walking can help you lose weight only if you’re consistent. Walk at least five days a week. Don’t be distressed if it seems like it’s not working. Slow weight loss while building fitness, as you’re doing with your walking program, is better. The effects are cumulative, and over time you can lose a significant amount of weight.
Walking is great for weight loss because you can customize it for your needs. Start out your program with easy walking. When you’re in better shape, increase the intensity. Try power walking when you’re ready for more of a challenge. Depending on your weight loss, you can walk and lose weight at all levels.
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