Did you know that walking may be one of the safest and most convenient ways to lose weight? Especially ChiWalking because it helps with achieving and maintaining good posture, helps reduce your impact to the ground, engages your core and when you add a good arm swing, helps increase even more cardio. Another advantage to walking is that even people with health conditions can start a walking program. ChiWalking also helps you walk for longer periods because you walk with greater energy efficiency. This helps because you will need to walk longer to burn more calories, than if you were running.
When walking for weight loss you will need some way to measure your steps or miles. You can use a pedometer which you can now buy for less than $10 or invest in a sports watch, some are less than $50.00. Persons with a sedentary lifestyle walk around 2,000 to 3,000 steps per day. A popular fitness watch is the Fitbit (costs about $120.00) and suggests we walk 10,000 steps per day. Ten thousand steps equals approximately 5 miles (for a person with an average stride). It takes approximately 2500 steps to burn 100 calories. So if you walk at a good pace and achieve your 10,000 steps you will burn about 400 calories.
Its important to remember that in order to lose weight by walking, you will need to walk more than 20 minutes per day. So its important to use a good walking technique like ChiWalking to allow your body move efficiently and prevent pain, discomfort and possible injury. Don’t get discouraged if you are not able to keep up 10,000 steps starting out. If you can start with even 20 minutes, you can work up by increasing your time by 10% each week. Just start and as always check with your doctor to see if this is a good exercise program for you.
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