When we think about the things that help us lose weight quickly, our minds automatically go to the more drastic or complicated things: being in a calorie deficit, doing a lot of HIIT cardio, swearing off sugar and soda, etc. But what if there were a simpler way to lose weight? Well, there might be.
Walking may sound like a wildly easy way to exercise, almost to the point where you might not think it has an effect on the body. That’s where you’re wrong, though. Walking is actually a great form of LISS (low-intensity sustained state) cardio, and if you walk briskly, you’ll get your heart rate up, improve your cardiovascular health, and burn calories. You can actually burn up to 120 calories an hour when walking.
Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak is a huge fan of walking, and encourages many of his clients to do more of it every day. He wants your goal to be 10,000 steps a day if you want to lose weight, and every last one of those steps can be from walking if you want. “That is a minimum,” Harley told POPSUGAR. “For a lot of people, this is a real, simple thing to start with. I don’t [tell clients] you need to start eating tofu, become gluten intolerant, whatever — just start moving. Be a little more active.”
Besides, walking is a safe, risk-free form of exercise that you can do for a long period of time with friends or by yourself if you need some alone time. Just make sure you’re walking fast enough to where you’re slightly out of breath, but no need to go so fast you’re huffing for air.
If you don’t believe us yet, Brooke lost over 100 pounds and went from a size 22 to size 12 — and it all started with her walking 10,000 steps a day. So if weight loss is a goal of yours, just try walking more each and every day. Paired with a healthy diet and a good amount of sleep, this will help you reach your goals faster!
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