Walking boosts your mood, energizes you, and even provides valuable time alone for reflection. But let’s face it, the most important motivation for your daily walk is probably the calories you burn through the activity. If you’re following a weight loss plan, you want to expend as much energy as possible so that you boost your metabolism and shed unwanted pounds more quickly.
So that’s why you might feel conflicted about all the fitness advice you’ve been receiving. Is there really a “better” way to walk, and what is it? What matters more: Speed or distance? How can you maximize your walking time to get the best results for your effort?
Strictly according to research, walking at a faster speed will result in the greatest calorie burn. That’s because brisk walking boosts your heart rate into the “calorie burn” zone, while helping you to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Over time, daily brisk walks can help you to ward off cardiovascular disease, and of course will boost results from your weight loss plan.
On the other hand, you might also wish to combat your sedentary lifestyle by encouraging more movement throughout the day (not just during scheduled exercise time). To this end, you might be interested in utilizing a step counter, and setting a daily goal for distance covered. This strategy can help you to cram more movement into your day, during times you might ordinarily be sedentary. Your metabolism will be boosted a bit all day, and this will also aid your weight loss plan.
Therefore, technically the right answer to this question might depend upon your overall goals. A combination approach might even be best for most people; wear a step counter to encourage more movement in general, but also schedule at least twenty minutes of more brisk walking to protect your heart health and ensure a greater calorie burn.
Ultimately, the strategy that keeps you feeling motivated and satisfied is the one that is best for you. To learn more about our medical weight loss plan, and to develop an exercise routine that suits your health goals, call us to schedule an appointment. We can help you design a schedule that suits your needs and helps you protect your health.