THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW!
Unhappy with my appearance, I began reading fitness magazines and learned that the quickest way to lose weight was to combine aerobic exercise with body building. After attempts at jogging and bicycling, I decided to try walking.
Walking was natural and easy. My weight loss after my first week of walking for an hour a day was 5 pounds. Next, I changed my diet.
At that time the low fat diet was the big craze. I went on a low fat diet and brought my caloric intake down from 5000 calories to 2500 calories a day.
My final step was adding 30 minutes of body building and 7 minutes of stomach exercise to my hour of walking. On that fitness program my weight loss was an average of 3 pounds a week.
I never stopped walking and have maintained my weight loss. My fitness routine today (2011) consists of an hour of walking, 20 minutes of body building, 10 minutes of stomach exercises 5 to 6 times a week.
So the five main things I did was:
1) Educated myself on fitness by reading fitness magazines
2) Did an aerobic exercise (Walking)
3) Changed my diet (Low Fat diet and cut calories down)
4) Added body building
5) Made walking exercise a permanent part of my life
My goal is to get you on the path to weight loss through the easy exercise of walking. The key is to walk at fast but comfortable pace 45 to 60 minutes, 5 to 6 days a week, this will burn the fat of your body.
Your walking can be done anywhere at anytime. The most important thing is to just do it! The crucial factor in any fitness or weight loss program is time and effort, so make walking a daily habit. Your reward will be a lifetime of successful weight loss management and fitness.
1) Get a checkup and your doctor's OK before you start your walking program.
2) Start slowly, by walking 10 to 15 minutes then build up your time gradually each day until you are walking 45 to 60 minutes.
3) Do some stretching before and after you go walking, this will help your body warm up, cool down, and stay injury free.
I do not dress a special way to go walking; however, you should wear comfortable clothing and a pair of sneakers or walking shoes.
Also, it is important that you drink a sufficient amount of water before and after you go walking. If it is hot day carry a bottle of water with you.
Because of the constantly changing diet trends, it will be up to you to research each diet and decide what diet plan will best suit your fitness needs; for me it is basically eating a balanced diet and keeping my calories around 2500. I found out that it really wasn't what I ate, but how many calories I consumed that made the difference.
If you have a friend, mate, or relative seeking weight loss ask them to be your walking partner. My hope is to see walking clubs all over this nation, groups of people walking together creating friendships, losing weight and maintaining weight loss.
Do not get caught up in gimmicks being advertised everywhere that promise weight loss. Lose and maintain weight loss through regular exercise (walking).
In no way, shape or form am I a fitness expert, I achieved weight loss and want to share that information with others seeking weight loss.
Many resources are on the Internet with information on walking, nutrition, and body building; Just do a search using on of those keywords. Below are a few links that I think might be useful.
All the best to you on your endeavor to be the best you, you can be.
Take care, be well, and Godbless
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