What can you do to start losing weight today? Start walking for 2 hours every day, and reap the benefits of increased cardiovascular health, reduced risk of heart disease, improved circulation, and energy from burning more calories! Here are 5 tips on how to lose weight by walking 2 hours a day.
1) Walk 10,000 Steps
It might not seem like much, but 10,000 steps are equal to about five miles. It sounds difficult, but with a little dedication, you can easily walk that far in a day. In fact, walking even 6,000 steps per day has been shown to have real health benefits. For example, walking an average of 5 miles every day can cut your risk of type-2 diabetes in half and help you lose weight.
Walking is also convenient; there are apps and other devices that can tell you how many steps you’ve taken and provide feedback on your progress throughout each day. Walk at least 6,000 steps each day—you’ll burn around 150 calories while walking—and aim for at least 10,000 steps each day if possible.
2) Walk 4 Miles per Day
To lose weight by walking 2 hours per day, you can walk 4 miles daily. To lose 1lb in a week, aim for about 12000 steps daily. You can walk for an hour a day and take an additional 3-mile power walk three times a week. Doing so will ensure you burn 300 extra calories each time you go on your power walks.
This helps greatly in losing weight faster and maintaining your goal weight at all times. Being able to keep exercising on your own keeps it fun and more pleasurable while keeping up with your routine daily goal of burning calories while still being able to relax from everyday life.
3) Increase Speed Gradually
If you don’t currently walk for exercise, it’s a good idea to ease into things slowly. The first week, try walking 15 minutes a day—for example, when you run errands on your lunch break. Build up gradually and be sure to maintain an exercise routine for at least three months before deciding whether or not walking can help you lose weight.
If possible, find a friend who wants to start walking together so that you’ll be accountable to each other. And keep in mind that once you get used to regular exercise, your body will crave physical activity and taking walks may become something of a reward; it is healthy both mentally and physically!
4) Eat for Walking
Weighing yourself is one of those things you should do after a week of walking. Why? Because your weight loss in that time will largely be due to water weight, which can vary greatly. If you weigh yourself every day, it’s easy to become discouraged if you see a sudden jump on any given day, but after a week, such fluctuations tend to even out. Weighing once a week will give you a much more accurate picture of your progress over time.
Once you have reached your goal weight, it’s best to move on from weighing yourself daily and just get into an exercise routine for overall health.
5) Add Some Challenge
Setting yourself a goal like walking for two hours can be a great way to help you lose weight—as long as you actually do it. Sure, it’s great to set goals for yourself, but if you’re going to lose weight successfully, you need a plan of action. Create an exercise calendar with goals that are challenging but not overwhelming so you can hit your mark without being discouraged by your progress.
Along with telling your friends and family about your plans (and scheduling time with them), add some accountability onto your calendar; schedule in check-ins with a friend or find an online group that’s doing something similar and get support from people who are in the same boat as you.
Walking is an exercise that people have practiced for thousands of years, yet many people do not consider it as a primary means of losing weight. In fact, many people think that walking isn’t enough to help them lose weight. However, if you walk 2 hours every day while still eating healthy foods, you will be able to see results after only 4 weeks. These 5 tips will help you walk more and shed those pounds quickly. Use these tips as a guide when taking up a walking program!