Walking to lose weight? Can you really lose weight just by walking? Yes! I did. Well, not by a leisure stroll, or a few minutes a day kind of walk.
According to the UK Independent online news, it says, “A study by the London School of Economics found that those who engaged in ”regular, brisk walking” for longer than half an hour had lower Body Mass Indexes (BMI) and smaller waists than those who did other exercise such as going the gym or playing football or rugby.”
Walking to lose weight does work! There are many ways to just add steps to your days. Little things like park at the farthest spot from the grocery store, walk up the stairs, and such, you can use a pedometer to help count your steps. These are good habits, but I don’t know how effective they’d be if these are the only things you do to lose weight. To me, these are more like healthy habits, to keep the weight off once you’ve lost them.
A little bit about myself
I was on a lot of diet programs before (Nutri-systems, Weight Watchers, Atkins). Diet alone really doesn’t work long-term. I’d lose some weight, then I’d gain it back and then some. I don’t like the gym. My head knew that I needed to exercise, but my heart wasn’t in it. I couldn’t find something I liked and would stick to it. By chance, I came across one of Leslie Sansone’s DVDs. It sat somewhere on the shelf for quite some time until one day I decided to try it. How hard could it be?
Well, it turns out, pretty taxing. When you’re overweight and are pretty sedentary, it is not easy to keep up. I’m not a fitness expert, not an athlete, not a gym rat. So, my comments on any walking programs are for people like me back then, overweight (a little or a lot), not a gym member, not an exercise fan, just someone who would like to be a little healthier. Definitely not for fitness experts or people who run half-marathons or just overall very fit people.
I’ve written a short post about Leslie Sansone vs Jessica Smith. As I said previously, I like them both. However, there are a few subtle differences that might make a difference. Mind you, neither program will give you a six-pack abs. If you want that, you’d need to look elsewhere, maybe a personal trainer.
- Leslie tends to walk with “regular” people except for those solo ones. You see men, women, teens, people of all ages, shapes and sizes. When you see someone your size walking with her, you’d likely think, “If she can do it, I can too.”
- She also gives you time to learn her moves, counts down (usually) before changing to another move.
- You’d need to devote more time to her walking program since it’s not as intense (once you’ve mastered the steps) for a good workout. Or, I suppose you can always amp up with weights and such.
- She also focuses on walking only, which suits me just fine. She does use a resistance band, a miracle band, weights, sometimes. But on the whole, it’s walking.
- Other than the solo ones and one exception, Jessica walks with her mom and one other person. Her mom is by no means out of shape. She’s probably in her late fifties. The other person is usually a fit person who demonstrates the more intense moves.
- Since her workout is usually shorter, her pace is faster. And she doesn’t give much “warning” before she changes her moves.
- Due to the fast-paced workout, you’d get the benefits in 30-35 minutes usually.
- She does a lot of other things, like yoga, pilates, barre. I don’t do any of that. You’re welcome to check that out yourself, if you’re so inclined.
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