Walking is a great low level background form of exercise. You can even achieve some weight loss by walking.
Weight Loss By Walking – Burn Fat Not Food
If you have a walk first thing in the morning, before you’ve broken your fast, your body has to fuel itself from your fat. If you walk after you’ve fuelled up, your body will burn that and not your fat.
Walking at any time is great, but if you want to maximise weight loss by walking – get some of it in before you have breakfast. Learn more here.
I really dislike gadgets that estimate how many calories you burn when you’re exercising. For one they’re not very accurate. But more importantly, they don’t tell you where those calories are coming from. You want them coming from your fat.
The best walk is the one first thing. The next best walk is all the others, no matter how long or short. All steps taken during the day add up to helping you.
Benefits of Walking Outside
Walking outside allows natural daylight to enter your eyes. There are sensors in your retina that communicate with the part of your brain responsible for your sleep/wake cycle.
Exposure to natural daylight, especially in the morning, helps to calibrate your body clock. This helps improve the quality of your sleep. If you’re struggling to lose weight and not getting enough quality sleep – this could be one of the things holding you back.
Walking in nature has been shown to reduce stress. Like sleep, stress is also often overlooked as a factor in weight problems.
Walking outside in the morning after a glass of water or black tea/coffee will definitely help weight loss by walking:
- You’ll be fueling yourself from your fat stores, rather than calories you’ve just taken in
- Your sleep is likely to be that bit better in the coming night
- You will reduce stress hormones
Walking As The First Step
I look at exercise for health and weight loss in broadly 3 categories – low level background stuff, strength work, and cardiovascular fitness. If you’re not doing very much at all right now – walking is a great entry point.
Fit bits and step counters work really well for some people, because what gets measured has more chance of getting done!
How many steps do you take on an average day? Is it anywhere near 10,000?
Let me know how walking features in your daily life.
Here’s how it features in mine 🙂