Walking Club Check-In: Walking Can Keep You Fit and Feeling Great!

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

BeachWelcome, or welcome back, to the Dr. Sinatra Walking Club!  If you missed the official introduction, click here to see all the details.

With bathing suit season just around the corner, weight loss is another motivating reason to get out and start walking. In fact, I was recently talking with a colleague of mine about how she keeps her weight down, and she said she lost the weight when she was walking twice a day--once in the morning to stimulate her metabolism, and again in the evening.

There's no question about it, few things you do can help you shed pounds faster than regular power walks. As Dr. Sinatra explains it, regular walking increases your metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more calories, even as you rest! So, even after you return from your walk, and you're lounging on the couch--you're still helping your body to burn calories faster!

So, how often should you walk if you want to lose weight? Dr. Sinatra suggests striving for four 30-minute brisk walks a week. Not only will it help you take the weight off, and keep it off--those regular walks will invigorate your heart and other vital organs...all at the same time!
 
Now, it's your turn:

1) Has walking helped you to lose a few pounds, or to keep off weight you've already lost? I invite you to share your story in the comments.

2) Also, if you've walked this week--please log in your time, hours, or miles walked in the comments.  Or, if you're just starting your walking program this week, share that too!

Happy walking,

Karen

Remember to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

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