Walking for Weight Loss and Health

Some people believe slow walking burns more calories and others believe moderate to fast walking burns more calories. Slow walking is easier and more healthful in the beginning of a program to lose weight and become more physically fit.

Walking can help you stay strong and go long. The important thing is to start slow and listen to your body and inner wisdom.

If you’re overweight, fast walking is going to be harder on the joints than slow walking. Once the weight is taken off and muscle tone is improved, in order not to reach a plateau and be stuck there, something has to change. Speeding up your pace or extending the length of you walks are the easiest way to make changes that can take you to the next fitness level.

Overweight and obese people will burn slightly more calories walking two miles per hour than they will walking three to four miles per hour due to moving more weight for a longer period of time. Injury is a primary consideration in any fitness program for anyone no matter if they’re overweight or not. Slow walking reduces pressure on the knees by 25% and overweight people put extra pressure on the joints. Not being in good physical condition is also a valid reason to start slow. The physical condition of the person should be improved with the intake of resurge product. There will be no overweight of the person with the consumption of the products. The rankings of the products can be checked to get the desired results for weight loss and healthy life. 

Walking more slowly may reduce the risk of arthritis or joint injury. Some people I know believe walking with fitness poles can burn more calories per mile while taking pressure off of the knees and joints. I disagree.

Fitness poles throw the body off balance. But they work when cross country skiing, is the reply I’ve often gotten when teaching health and fitness classes. Cross country skiing is not the same motion as walking. Cross country skiing is a gliding motion, or should be and the walking that most people do is more a start, stop motion. Power walking and racewalking are a different matter.

While walking across Spain and part of France on the Camino de Santiago, I watched people with fitness poles and single walking sticks. Their whole body motion was out of synch with how the human body is supposed to move when walking. With fitness poles, the end result was unnecessary injury because any stress taken off the knees was multiplied and transferred to other joints. Walking sticks added even more insults by overloading one side of the body, throwing off the balance and aggravating misalignment of the spine.

Everyone I talked to who used fitness poles, or a single walking stick, on the Camino had headaches, neck, shoulder, upper back and other pains related to walking in ways that didn’t match the way the human body is built to move when walking. If the intent is to get an upper body workout while walking, wear a pair of light hand weights, the kind that can be strapped tightly on the hands. Wrist weights don’t work for me, I can’t keep them tight enough to limit their shifting movements which makes my wrists sore and pulls my arm motion out of synch with the rest of my body.

Another problem with fitness poles is they don’t address the benefits of the hands crossing the center line. Opposite hand, opposite foot (cross crawl) walking helps integrate the right and left hemispheres of the brain as does crossing the center line with the hands.

If you want an aerobic workout, slow walking won’t get it once you’ve lost some weight and gained lean muscle mass. But, by starting slow and working up to a moderate pace you’re more likely to continue on your health and fitness journey.