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Weight Loss Through Walking

Since starting on my weight loss journey in February, I have found my exercise solace in one main activity – walking.  Yes, it’s simple, not too glamorous and requires little equipment.  But it is freeing.  All you have to do is put some shoes on and go.

When I first started working with my trainer, she asked me to do one thing for exercise — start walking.  And this is all I did for two weeks.  But now, after months of moving my workouts along and adding jogging, weights and toning, I still go back to simple walking when I fall off the better health train and need to find my way back on.  I just walk.

Now, after about 6 months of including walking in my routine, I have a few tips I wanted to share.  Hopefully these will help you if you are looking to get on, or back on, the road to wellness.

Go Outside: The treadmill is great for a quick workout or if you are stuck in a hotel, but when working out at home I highly suggest just going outside. The changing scenery and ability to track where I have been helps me feel the sense of accomplishment that I have walked a certain distance, or discovered a new path in the neighborhoods around my house.  But really, it just is so much more relaxing to be outside.  Not cooped up in a gym.

Set a Schedule: Plan to walk 3-4 days a week at the same time (depending on your schedule and the weather).  If you schedule it, you will do it. For me, I walk early in the morning. I am up before the house gets up, if I don’t stick to this schedule it does not happen. Yes, even on the weekends (I just get up a little later). When it is hot outside, I make sure I am out and back before the sun is high in the sky.  When it is cold, I walk closer to sunrise and layer-up so I can adjust as it gets warmer.

Get Good Shoes: Simple, yes.  Expensive, yes.  Necessary, yes.  If you just pull out those old workout shoes from years ago your legs, shins and feet will hate you (and you will hate them back). Invest in yourself and buy those $100 shoes. These shoes protect you from the impact of hitting the pavement and allow you to focus on pace, distance and achieving you goals instead of your hurting feet and legs.

Mix it Up with Intervals: After you have walked the same pace for a few weeks and feel you are ready to take it to the next level, start doing intervals.  First 1 minute walking at a medium pace, then 1 minute walking at a fast pace and so on until you get to 45-60 minutes total (with a 5-10 minute warm-up walk at the beginning). These intervals help you burn more and push yourself harder.  And all you need is your smart phone and one of the tons of interval applications out there, or a stop watch.  Me, I use my iPhone and the Intervals application.

Have Fun: Sometimes I mix it up by going  a new path and finding new neighborhoods and houses to check out (Yes, I am a house gawker), or I throw on my earphones and listen to the most fun music I can find – most of the time it is Pandora and The Ting Tings station I have lovingly created over the past several months.

But, really all you need is to put some good shoes on and go.  Get started.  Hit the Road.  Walk.

Live it,

Julia

 

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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