Walking to Lose Weight?
I always thought that losing weight involved high-impact, cardio exercises. Now I've been reading that walking is a great way to lose weight slowly. By losing it slowly, you'll keep it off.
I've read several sources on this, including Mayo Clinic's, and here is what I gathered on this:
1) A balanced, healthy diet is key and should be coupled with the exercise.
2) Try to walk briskly and perhaps challenge yourself when you can (little hills, etc.).
3) You can start with 30 minutes a day, but build up to 60 minutes. Try to be consistent.
4) Don't forget to do some sort of resistance work (crunches, lunges, weights, etc.)
Of course, walking can be incorporated into a more vigorous exercise routine and it seems like a great thing to do when you want to "rest."
I'd like to hear your thoughts. Has anyone hear had success losing weight through walking? What have you done? What are the best times to walk? etc.