So you are now exercising to achieve that summer body, but you hate walking. In addition to your workouts, walking can be a great way to burn extra calories and keep your body healthy without risking injury. An average person walking briskly can burn 400 calories by walking 10,000 steps a day. Do this for a week and you will have almost lost a pound of fat. Add 10,000 to 15,000 steps to your daily routine and you will see a huge difference in your results!
Walking extends your life! Many studies have shown that people who walk 20 to 25 miles a week outlive those who don’t walk by several years. People who walk an additional 20 minutes per day will burn an extra 7 pounds of fat per year! A reduction in body fat also can reduce your risk for diabetes by 58%. In addition, people who walk were found to have better cognitive function than those who don’t.
In addition to the living longer, walking helps to strengthen your bones, muscles, and tendons without risking injury. Running causes a lot of stress because of the constant pounding on the pavement, so brisk walking is a great alternative. Remember next time you want to take a taxi or the bus, try walking!