For those of you trying to lose weight but can't face the gym, walking might well be the perfect solution to all your problems.
With a new year comes new year's resolutions. Some of the more popular ones include cutting down on drinking, quitting smoking, and maybe the most popular one of all, getting in shape. These are all easier said than done, especially that last one. If they weren't tough goals to achieve then we wouldn't wait until a new year rolls around to try and achieve them.
There are a number of common ways that people immediately turn to when trying to lose weight and be more healthy. The main one is heading to the gym. If you have been going to the gym on a regular basis for a while, you will have inevitably noticed the uptick in people around you this week compared to in December. However, if you hate the gym but still want to exercise more, we may have the perfect solution for you.
Don't panic, it's not some crazy home workout. It isn't even a strict diet that will leave you forever hungry. It's just walking. As recently reported by Pop Sugar, many leading experts believe that walking more can have a significant effect on a person's health. Certified personal trainer Laura Arndt tells her clients to aim for at least 10,000 steps a day.
While most of us have something that tracks those steps, if you have a job that doesn't get you out and about 10,000 steps in one day can seem like a daunting task. It doesn't have to be, though. Arndt explains that a brisk 30-minute walk can get you halfway to that goal. So set aside half an hour a day if you can, and providing you're active enough the other 5000 steps will hopefully come naturally.
As you can see above, we have also provided a chart that details how many calories you'll likely lose depending on the speed you walk and how long you walk for. Depending on how much you weigh, if you walk up a slight incline at a regular pace for just 30 minutes, you could burn off more than 300 calories. One last tip, while treadmills will obviously do the job, we'd recommend getting those steps in outside of the house for even more added benefits.