You’ve probably heard plenty about what you should do to strip off some of that excess weight by walking, but let’s change things up.
Do you know what you have to stop doing to finally lose weight by walking every day?
Let’s get into it!
10 – STOP FORGETTING
There’s really no point in counting your steps if you’re going to forget to check or look at the number!
If you’re thinking about walking every day to lose weight, then take note of your average steps – then either add on 2,000 more to the total as a goal, or push to hit that 10k, whichever is the higher number.
9 – STOP MAKING EXCUSES
This goes without saying really, but stop making excuses about why you can’t start walking every day, or why you couldn’t do your steps today. Barring a physical injury, once you commit to a number then stick with it and make it a non-negotiable task you must complete before you put your head on the pillow.
8 – STOP DELUDING YOURSELF
Sure, going for a brisk walk is a great at burning off a little fat – but also make sure to get that dose of reality so that you don’t overestimate just how many calories you’ve burnt off in a session. It’s so easy to put in more calories than you’ve used if you’re hungry after a walk!
7 – STOP HOLDING BACK
No matter your fitness level, an hour walk at a decent pace will have you breathing hard to some degree. This is a positive sign, it means you’re approaching a heartrate that puts you in a fat burning zone – so don’t hold back on the effort, breathing hard is good for you!
6 – STOP THE MONOTONY
Don’t be afraid to switch it up, doing the same workout for the same time and same intensity everyday will see minimal to no results. Try walking at different speeds, times, and over a varying range of terrain to add a bit of muscle building into your strolls.
5 – STOP ASSUMING
There are few people other than professional athletes, nutritionists, and sports scientists who can accurately estimate the macro nutrient make up and energy of foods. You need to stop assuming you know how much you’re eating, and actually take a record and crunch the numbers.
4 – STOP GORGING
Eating a huge meal is something you do after running a marathon, not for an hour long walk. Try not to fall into the trap of justifying that burger and fries by telling yourself you’ve done your daily walk.
3 – STOP DRINKING CALORIES
It might be tempting to grab a coffee for the walk, or take along a sports drink or juice or something with a bit of sugar in it to keep you going – but what you’re actually doing is undoing your good work before you’ve even done it! Water is best, always.
2 – STOP AVOIDING
Don’t take the easy walking route. Challenge yourself, show that flight of stairs you’re Rocky Balboa, and stop avoiding hills and inclines. The aim here is to get that heart rate up, and nothing does that better than a bit of altitude.
1 – STOP BEING STILL
Sure, you’re committed to walking an hour a day, or 10,000 steps, or whatever you decide your goal to be. That doesn’t give you a free pass to be a sloth for the other 23 hours of the day. Remember to break up long periods of time spent sitting with movement, by taking a break and getting the blood pumping.