Today we are going to talk about walking. Walking is an easily accessible exercise for everyone. After all, we do a little of it every day. In order to lose weight, we need to bump it up a bit. Or start doing it with intention if we aren’t already.
For my deconditioned (trainer speak for out of shape) I recommend starting with five minutes of walking a day. If you can’t find five minutes to take a walk, are you really even serious about getting started on your journey? Plus, five minutes isn’t scary or intimidating, for a lot of us, it’s hardly even past the mailbox. So, that’s it. Five minutes a day.
Your next question has to be, how far do I have to walk to lose 1,000 pounds.
Well, as you know by now, the title is a bit of a tease, no one really needs to lose 1,000 pounds, and if they do, they aren’t walking. Let’s break it down to how many five minute walks you will need to lose just one pound.
Let’s say you walk at a pace of twenty minutes a mile, or 4 mph. Five minutes of walking will get you approximately one quarter mile. Lose rule of thumb is that walking a mile burns 100 calories. Every body is different, so results may vary, but you burn approximately 25 calories in five minutes.
A pound is made of of 3500 calories. 3500 divided by 25 is 140.
In conclusion. You will lose one pound by walking for five minutes for 140 days.
Seem like too long to wait. Good news is you can half your days by doubling your time. With 10 minutes of walking you’ll lose that pound in 70 days. 20 minutes of walking will have it gone in 35 days.
Put on your shoes and get out there.
Until next time, be awesome!
Annie is a fitness and nutrition UNstructor. She has an affinity to help the PE dropouts get back into fitness by making it fun. Annie opened Total Rebel Yoga in 2017 and offers health and weight loss coaching, personal training, fitness classes in Trapeze Yoga.