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Why Walking Really Works for Losing Weight

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most people want to lose a few pounds. The thought of dropping a little weight from the middle or losing inches from the thighs is certainly not a new concept. Perhaps you've heard that a good way to lose weight is to get in some walking. But -- that's too good to be true, right? Walking is too easy to help with weight loss. Luckily for all of us, this is an idea that can absolutely ring true. Walking can really help you lose weight! But how? How does it work? If you're interested in starting your weight loss journey with some walking, take a look at how it can work to help you reach your ultimate goals.

Because Calories are Calories

The basic concept behind weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume. Anytime that you move your body, you're burning calories. So when you throw on a pair of walking shoes and walk, you're starting the calorie burn process. If you pair this routine with a healthy diet, you're well on your way to burning a pound. While any movement will burn calories, a faster pace will burn more. Walking at a brisk pace can burn nearly as many calories as running, so pick up the pace to see the results a little faster.

Because Activity Boosts Metabolism

Your metabolism is how slowly or quickly your body uses the energy that you give it. Many young people have a very fast metabolism, burning energy quickly, and therefore feeling hungry quickly as well. As we age, metabolism often slows, but it doesn't have to come to a screeching halt. When you engage in regular activity, your metabolism is more likely to speed up. Being completely sedentary encourages the metabolism to be sluggish. If you want your metabolism to work in tip-top shape, you need to move, and walking is a perfectly fine way to do this.

Because It Creates a Better Lifestyle

The more you walk, the more your body will get used to it, and the more your body is going to choose walking. Maybe you'll just go ahead and park at the back of the lot instead of circling for a good spot. Maybe you'll be fine with taking a flight or two of stairs rather than waiting for the elevator. A walking routine encourages a healthy lifestyle, and it's this --  a lifestyle! -- that truly helps you lose weight and stay in good health.

If you want to live a healthier lifestyle and have a healthier body, then you really need to start walking! All you need is a pair of shoes, a place to walk, and a little motivation. Make a plan, set a routine, and get in the best health of your life with a few more steps every day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Covina, Calif.

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