Usually, when someone thinks of fitness they may consider the most common types of exercises such as running, sports, bodybuilding, etc. However, walking is a very good and low-impact form of exercise. Thanks to my current job which requires a lot of walking, I have lost more than ten pounds.
Walking can be done almost anywhere and at any time. It is low-impact which means you won’t have the same form of impact on your knees and joints that running has. Walking can burn a good amount of calories and help with weight loss.
Overall, I feel that walking is an underrated form of exercise. Even if you enjoy other forms of exercise, it is easy to incorporate walking into your regular routine. If you do not like high-impact exercise, then walking can fit your fitness needs.
Tracking your weight loss and fitness journey has many benefits. When you track your progress it can help to motivate you as well as show you where you’re lacking. Most of all, tracking your progress keeps you focused and that is what you’ll need most.
How to Track Your Progress
You can track your progress using a pen and notebook, using online software, or even a smartphone app. There are so many software and phone apps to choose from. I particularly like to use FitDay to track my progress. It is easy to use and it can track your food, water, and exercise progress.
There are so many diets to choose from when it comes to losing weight. One diet may work well for one person and not so great for someone else. What is important to remember is to avoid fad diets. These are diets that are not nutritionally sound.
Fad diets can include ones such as the cabbage diet in which you make a pot of cabbage soup and eat it for every meal. A nutritionally sound diet should not leave you starving and shouldn’t involve gimmicks. One diet that works well for most people is the clean eating diet.
This way of eating is often practiced by bodybuilders and other health enthusiasts. You basically avoid all refined sugar and eat whole foods (food that isn’t processed.)
Before you begin any weight loss journey it is important to set your weight loss goals. Having weight loss goals help to keep you focused. However, it is important to set realistic goals that won’t feel unattainable. It’s best not to be overly aggressive with your weight loss. I recommend making small goals that are easily obtainable. For example, you could set a goal to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.
I recommend making small goals that are easily obtainable. For example, you could set a goal to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. Small, obtainable goals such as this will keep you motivated and help you to feel accomplished. You can also celebrate each time you achieve your smaller goals.
Set Specific Goals
I find that it helps greatly to set specific goals. Meaning, rather than saying you will exercise more during the week, say that you’ll walk at least 30 to 40 minutes each day. Being specific helps you to maintain focus.
Track Your Goals
Tracking your goals helps you to check your progress. Let’s say for instance that one week you lose 2 pounds but the following week you’ve gained 4. You may not even realize that you have unless you were keeping track.
When you know your progress, you can also take note of any setbacks that you’ve had. This way, you can make the necessary adjustments to get back on track. Tracking doesn’t have to be difficult. There are software programs you can use or a simple pen and notebook will do the job as well.