There are many exercises gadgets to help people lose weight, and yet the good old-fashioned walking is still one of the best ways to drop those extra pounds.
To boost the chances of success, purchase a pedometer. Pedometers are extremely cheap and can gauge your miles. This is crucial with finding out how many steps are needed to see a difference in the number on the scale.
For example, if you currently take 8,000 steps with your daily routine and maintain your weight, then increase your steps.
How many steps do I need to take to lose weight?
The average person has a stride that is 2.5 feet long. Using this stride length, there are roughly 1,500 steps in the average person’s mile.
Each mile burns roughly 100 calories. If a person was to commit to walking 4,500 extra steps per day, or roughly 3 extra miles, they would be burn at least an extra 300 calories . Burning 300 calories each day leads to a weekly deficit of 2100 calories. After a month, that’s roughly 9000 calories burned, which equates to approximately 2.6 pounds lost. Keep it up for a year and you’re looking at over 31 pounds lost!
Important: If you are trying to lose weight, make sure that you are also doing strength training. When trying to lose weight people often think that strength training will make them bulky or that they should wait until they lose the extra weight before they “begin to tone”. In fact, the longer you avoid strength training, the longer you are putting off easier weight loss and maintenance. Strength training is absolutely essential to losing weight, keeping a fast metabolism and a healthy body. Also make sure that you cool down and stretch when you finish each walk.
Finally, your food intake affects weight loss, so be mindful of what you eat.