3 Fast & Easy Tips to Walk Off the Weight

by Leslie Sansone
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3 Fast & Easy Tips to Walk Off the Weight

The key to losing weight is to keep it simple. Here are three quick tips to help you start walking. You can start on the day that you are reading this. It’s never too early and never too late to get started.

1. ALWAYS BE PREPARED

Keep walking shoes everywhere: in your car, at the office, at home, you name it. If you have more pairs of walking shoes than fashion shoes, you will be healthier! I always carry fitness shoes in a tote bag  but never give up my cute boots. I wear my heels “in” and my walking shoes “out” of whatever my day asks of me!


READ MORE > WHY MULTITASKING WHILE WALKING IS A BAD IDEA


Tip: Get even more from your walk, and keep light hand weights with your walking shoes. Try a one-, two- or three-pound set for added muscle boost. “The Tone Every Zone Walk” goes over moves for sculpting your arms, waistline and legs while you walk!

2. MINI WALKS ADD UP

Plan mini walks into three parts of your day. You will create a very powerful healthy habit if you plan these around your meals. Aim for a quick 10-minute walk after breakfast, an easy 10-minute walk before lunch and a brisk 10-minute walk in the evening (before or after dinner — it’s your choice!). “Mix & Match Walk Blasters makes it so easy.

Tip: It’s generally OK to walk after a meal. But if you choose to walk after a large, heavy meal like Thanksgiving, you might be uncomfortable. Any other time you can walk when you want. Walking is  “no rules” fitness!

3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WEEKEND

Plan long walks for the weekend! This is the secret weapon to speeding up weight loss. A 60-minute walk on Saturday and a 40-minute walk on Sunday can be the big burn to get those extra pounds to walk away! Try our “5 Boosted Miles” every Saturday morning to give your week a big burn!

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  • Lita

    I love this! I can’t start running until I lose more weight, but I might not switch to running as my regular routine EVER! I can do walking with my kids, and it’s a great excuse to go to the mall, the zoo, the museum… It really does encourage an active lifestyle!

  • Ben Dover

    Burn the Coal
    Pay the Toll

    • robinbishop34

      I bet I’m the only one on here that knows what that means… ha.

      • Anonymous Anonymous

        A racist ass comment

    • Anonymous Anonymous

      You still finger F’in your dog?

  • djlen

    Oreo and I walk every day, at least 2 1/2 miles but more often 3 – 5. She’s getting a bit old but still is willing. 🙂
    We just got back from a 3.75 mile walk, very enjoyable. Winter makes it a bit more of an issue, but once you get the habit, you push thru the cold and just DO IT!! Summer time I can walk and ride the bike which makes the weight just melt off. I’m 72 and in better shape than ever in my life.

  • Carrie

    Walking is fun, and healthy, and has many benefits. But you’d have to walk every waking moment AND be careful with food intake to lose any weight from it. Another misleading article from MFP.

    • Janet Mary Lee

      Now that is a misleading statement I found not to be true, Carrie.

      • Tammy Abernathy

        Carrie, as long as you get your heart rate up, you will burn calories and lose weight.

        • Mark Evans

          A 120lb person burns ~65 calories a mile / 180lb person burns ~100 calories a mile

          1 Glazed Donut can be ~250+ calories. 1 hamburger ~300+ calories

          DIET management is way more powerful than exercise but exercise will make it a lot easier to look good naked and keep you motivated….:)

          I would say walking is great but I only would recommend it as a part of a bigger fitness plan…especially resistance training, HITT, whatever floats your boat.

          So I would agree with Carrie’s initial statement unless your walking a ton each day or varying with at least 3 speeds of intensity, add weights, etc it’s a very slow fat burner.
          (If you’re obese of course you’ll see calories melt a lot faster but the closer you get to you ideal weight the harder the body will resist you from losing more.)

      • Mark Evans

        (I accidentally double posted this below but this was meant to reply to Janet Mary Lee.)

        A 120lb person burns ~65 calories a mile / 180lb person burns ~100 calories a mile

        1 Glazed Donut can be ~250+ calories. 1 hamburger ~300+ calories

        DIET
        management is way more powerful than exercise but exercise will make it
        a lot easier to look good naked and keep you motivated….:)

        I would say walking is great but I only would recommend it as a part of a
        bigger fitness plan…especially resistance training, HITT, whatever
        floats your boat.

        So I would agree with Carrie’s initial statement
        unless your walking a ton each day or varying with at least 3 speeds of
        intensity, add weights, etc it’s a very slow fat burner.
        (If you’re
        obese of course you’ll see calories melt a lot faster but the closer
        you get to you ideal weight the harder the body will resist you from
        losing more.)

        • Janet Mary Lee

          Well, thank you Mark. I am morbidly obese. I get where you are coming from, but we are not all the same. I walked regularly and it certainly keep my size down. Diet management alludes many of us who have dieted for decades without success, though we might weigh 500+ had we not just kept trying. Even after therapy I still comfort eat, but just less. If a lot of people in this world were more kind and more sensitive, and more responsible in their lives people might not be so heavy either. Often life is more complex than fuel in, energy expended. I am 64 and walking is often difficult enough as heart disease, arthritis, sob, shift work and sleeping issues have taken their toll. I suffered abuse (stress) as a child, as well as stress in my job (which I did a good job- I can be proud), and stress in my “marriage” which ended after 40 years with him running off with another women. Hmm, she was thinner, not too moral. I am still stressed, but it is usually picking up a load from someone who thinks it cute to not do their share, I shoulder a good bit of blame on my handling of situations, too. But I stand by my statement. You do not have to walk tons for it to make an impact. Stopping, which I have done in the last few years made the greater impact as did genetics. I look just like my Italian ancestors of old. I still think it is a hoot I remained thin in my younger days when dexatrim was available- And I could use it at intervals. Gee, could this be chemical inbalance more than a willpower and exercise issue …..

          • Walt Corey

            Janet, please see my comment above. Read the three referenced articles, google Dr Jason Fung. He has a 6 part series Entiology of Obesity which became the “Obesity Code” book. He has one other on Fasting. For myself, my initial weight loss was strictly from following the My Fitgness Pal Smartphone App.

        • stillnot2late

          Yes

        • David

          As a nurse, I am thrilled to hear someone is walking. Great job, Janet.

    • stillnot2late

      You have to walk your butt off with intensity. Intensity is the key. I walk to keep my joints from rusting. Arthritic knees, plantar in one foot, ball of foot damage in the other. I will never be able to weight loss walk again, cause i cant do what is needed to actually lose from walking.

  • Walt Corey

    Three Fast and Easy Tips to Walk Off the Weight is a terribly misleading and BS title. Losing weight is not easy and anyone who tells you that 1) never lost weight and 2) doesn’t know anyone who has.

  • LisatheMom

    A doctor to told me that at my age, 56, I should be walking at least 20 minutes a day just to keep my bone density. That’s a good enough reason for me.