Last summer, I made my first visit to New York City. I quickly discovered two facts – it really is BIG and most people walk everywhere. I was overweight at the time, and didn’t feel particularly motivated to tour Manhattan by foot! However, I had second thoughts after taking a few harrowing rides in those familiar yellow taxi cabs.
On day two of my visit, I became so absorbed in the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, that I didn’t notice I had walked from the tip of Manhattan in the south all the way up to Central Park West. (I was looking for the memorial to John Lennon.)
When I returned home, friends and family, noticed I had lost weight. I jumped on the scales, and sure enough, I had. Five pounds to be exact! Walking for weight loss started to seem like an appealing idea.
The Rewards of Walking For Weight Loss
Walking is a simple routine that doesn’t require expensive gym memberships or special equipment. Just lace up your running shoes and you’re off! The benefits of walking for weight loss are many. You’ll feel less tired, look better and your stress and anxiety levels will decrease.
The Secret To Walking For Weight Loss
For me at least, the key to keeping me motivated to walk everyday, is to get lost in my surroundings. Not literally of course! For example, I find that walking in the suburbs is really boring. Every house looks the same and the main strip are full of those hideous box stores. However, if I head downtown, my motivation to walk increases. I find the surroundings more vibrant – the people, the historic homes and so on.
Tips When Walking For Weight Loss
1. Choose A Time
Choose a time of day to start your walking routine. I prefer the early morning . I sweat a lot, and it’s easier to get back home and shower before I head off to work. I also find that I lose my motivation if I schedule walks for the evening.
2. Set A Goal
If you’re walking for weight loss, it helps to have a goal in mind. For example, I tell myself I can pick up that great new novel I want if I walk to the bookstore to buy it. Your goal might be to walk to visit your best friend instead of taking the bus. Keep your goals varied and you’ll stay motivated.
3. Start Off Slow
Set a time-limit that works best for you. You’re not entering a marathon! If you can only manage 5-10 minutes a day, great! Why defeat your efforts by setting unrealistic goals. As the weeks pass, try to increase the amount of time you spend walking.
4. Buy a Pair of Good Quality Running Shoes
You won’t get very far in your exercise routine wearing your favourite flip-flops! Head over to your favourite shoe store and ask the sales clerk to fit you with a pair of good running shoes. Don’t forget to mention that they are for walking. I made this mistake once by using my regular running shoes. My body ached for days!
5. Stay Hydrated
Bring along a bottle of water. If you’re like me, your lips will get parched quickly. Staying hydrated is important.
6. Find A Walking Partner
Nothing helps your motivation more, then having a friend or partner join in on your routine. You might even challenge each other to walk faster or farther. If you can’t convince anyone to join you, put a leash on Fido and take him or her, for a walk. Just, don’t spend too much time in the park gabbing with other dog lovers!
Keep these tips in mind and before you know it you’ll start to look and feel better!