Walking is a great start on your journey to getting your goal weight.
It’s good for you and doesn’t cost you anything except for your time.
Walking is a low impact form of exercise that doesn’t put much strain on your joints, great for people that are just starting to exercise to lose weight, older people or if you want to take it easy for a while and still burn a few calories.
Walking has more benefits than just increasing your metabolism, Its good for your lungs as your outside in the fresh air, It lifts your heart rate and gets your body pumping blood around, It gives you time to think while you are by yourself (Unless your in a walking group or with a friend, then its a gas bag session), Increases your Vitamin D intake through exposure to the sun’s rays, Reduces blood cholesterol and Increases bone strength, just to name a few.
The key to losing weight is to expend more calories than you are eating, if walking is part of your program or is the only form of exercise you can do, it helps to burn calories and speeds up your metabolism.
You will, depending on these variables, Weight, Age, Speed, Time and Distance, burn roughly between 40 to 50 calories if walking reasonably slowly.
Your body will burn more calories if you keep walking slow and steady over a period of time.
So, all in all, walking is great and you can lose weight walking, if you watch what you eat and get out and hit the pavement!