How Walking Can Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fat

If you want to stay fit and healthy, it’s important to exercise regularly.

This is because being physically active reduces your risk of developing health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

In addition to helping you live a longer and healthier life, exercise can also be beneficial for weight loss and maintenance.

Fortunately, walking is a great form of physical activity that’s free, low risk and accessible to most people.

In fact, walking isn’t just good for you — it’s one of the easiest forms of exercise to incorporate into your day-to-day life.

This article explores how walking more often can help you lose weight and belly fat.

Walking Burns Calories

Your body needs energy (in the form of calories) for all the complex chemical reactions that allow you to move, breathe, think and function normally.

However, daily calorie needs vary from person to person and are affected by things like your weight, sex, genes and activity level.

It’s well known that you need to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight.

Furthermore, people who are more physically active burn more calories.

However, modern living and work environments may mean that you spend large parts of your day sitting, especially if you have an office job.

Unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle can not only contribute to weight gain, it can also increase your risk of health problems.

Trying to get more exercise by walking more often can help you burn more calories and reduce these risks.

In fact, walking a mile (1.6 km) burns approximately 100 calories, depending on your sex and weight.

One study measured the number of calories burned by non-athletes who walked at a brisk pace of 3.2 miles (5 km) per hour or ran at a pace of 6 mph for about a mile. It found those who walked at a brisk pace burned an average of 90 calories per mile.

Furthermore, although running burned significantly more calories, it only burned around 23 more calories per mile, on average, meaning both forms of exercise contributed significantly to the number of calories burned.

To increase the intensity of your walk and burn even more calories, try walking on routes with hills or slight inclines.

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