Walking is one of the most popular recreational activities in England. It is also regarded as the nearest activity to perfect exercise and, due to its numerous health benefits, is prescribed by GPs to help with a whole range of health conditions. The other great news for slimmers, is that walking can help you lose weight!
Walking is the easiest, cheapest and lowest impact form of exercise to introduce into everyday life. During these testing times a gym membership is a luxury many cannot afford; walking is a great recession proof solution for losing weight. Walking alters fat metabolism so that fat is burned up, instead of sugars, helping to reduce weight.
Walking for just one mile (1.6km) can burn at least 100 calories and walking two miles (3.2km) a day, three times a week, can help reduce weight by one pound (0.5kg) every three weeks. To maximise weight loss through walking, step up the pace. If you can walk a mile in under 13 minutes you are using and building more muscle groups increasing the number of calories burned.