How to Set Your Walking Goals

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How to Set Your Walking Goals

You know that walking is one of the easiest and most convenient forms of exercise. After all, you only need a good pair of shoes and a little spare time. That makes walking one of the most popular forms of exercise to promote a healthy lifestyle and support a weight loss plan.

But you might still have some questions. If it’s weight loss or other health goals motivating you to walk, you need specific details. In particular, you might be wondering how much walking is required before you start to see results.

Like anything else, the answer depends upon your exact goals. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day is recommended to promote heart health and ward off other chronic health conditions. If you’re simply hoping to get into better shape and prevent serious disease, 30 minutes per day should be your minimum target goal for walking.

But for those who are pursuing a weight loss plan (or want to maintain their new weight after a loss), the College advises that you schedule a bit more time for your daily walk. Set aside about 200 to 300 minutes per week, or roughly an hour per day on four or five days per week, to get outside and get moving. This routine will challenge you and help you burn enough calories to result in noticeable weight loss.

Another thing to remember is that intensity of exercise does matter. By adding a bit of resistance, with weights, by pushing a stroller, or incorporating hills in your route, you can increase your calorie burn even more.

Finally, remember that if you can’t set aside an entire hour for your daily walk, that’s okay. You can break up your workout into two or three sessions per day if needed.

If you have any questions about your workout routine, give us a call. We can help you decide whether adjustments are needed in order to reap the results you want from your weight loss plan.