Walk your Way to Weight Loss
There is always a great deal of debate surrounding the best ways to lose weight. Weight loss surgery has created an option that is hands down the most successful tool to encourage weight loss—especially for those who are obese or who have a significant amount of weight to lose. But even after having weight loss surgery you still need to follow healthy habits, and this includes finding the most effective exercise options for your lifestyle.
Exercise is not one size fits all. While some grow excited at the idea of running a marathon, others prefer the inside of a gym. And then there are those who don’t find the idea of working out appealing at all. One of the biggest reasons so many people shy away from exercise is because of the perceived difficulty. Exercise is intended to be difficult—after all, how else will you burn calories? But it doesn’t have to be impossible or even unpleasant. If you aren’t sure where to get started with your exercise routine, why not start with something you are already doing—walking.
Walking to get FIT
Walking is a great form of exercise. It is a type of cardiovascular activity, which means that it encourages a healthy heart. Walking is a full-body workout because the act of walking targets so many different muscle groups, from your hips and glutes, to your shoulders and back.
A walking routine is also a great way to ease into a workout program, as walking is something that most people do every day. The goal of a walking program is to aim for a certain distance, the number of steps or time spent walking every day. Setting a walking goal is a great way to gradually increase your activity level without putting a lot of stress on your body.
The F.I.T. model is a great resource for those just starting out with exercise. This model allows you to set up your own program and track your progress in whatever way you see fit.
To follow the F.I.T. program, you’ll want to track:
F: the frequency at which you go walking
I: the intensity at which you push yourself to walk
T: the time you spend walking when you do workout
As you develop these different elements of your walking program, make sure that you are tracking your progress and efforts. Use a small notebook or a phone app to log your walking sessions. There are a lot of heart monitors on the market now that can work with your phone to help you quantify the intensity of your workout, too. Using this model is a great way to get started with your fitness routine.