For most of human history, walking and running were simply transportation methods, the only means of getting from A to B. These days, that’s no longer the case for most of us. Walking is an excellent form of exercise that can aid weight loss and provide other health benefits. Still, compared with other forms of exercise, many people don’t view walking as active or efficient for weight loss.
The easiness of walking makes it a tempting activity for many, particularly those looking to burn extra calories. Your body needs energy for all the complex chemical reactions that allow you to move, breathe, think and function normally.
However, daily calorie needs vary from person to person and are pretentious by things like your weight, sex, genes and activity level. It’s well known that you need to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. Furthermore, people who are more physically active burn more calories. However, modern living and work environments may mean that you spend large parts of your day sitting, especially if you have an office job. Regrettably, a deskbound lifestyle can not only contribute to weight gain, it can also increase your risk of health problems.
Trying to get more exercise by walking more often can help you burn more calories and decrease these risks. In fact, walking a mile (1.6 km) burns around 100 calories, depending on your sex and weight. Walking can help prevent some of the muscle loss that occurs when you lose weight. This helps minimize the drop in metabolic rate that occurs when you lose weight, making the pounds easier to keep off.
So, start walking every day to remain fit and to lose weight.