Making Walking Part of Your Lifestyle

By Erin Palinski-Wade

Part of Walking the Weight Off For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Setting aside time each day to take a walk is a great start to losing weight and improving your health. But research has found individuals who set aside time to actually workout may end up being less active at the end of the day than their peers who lead an active lifestyle but don’t schedule in structured workouts.

For the individuals who schedule workouts, the activity becomes a chore, and they find it hard to stay on track, especially if they are inactive for much of the day. If, however, you use walking as a way to stay active all day long, you don’t need to schedule chores to manage your weight and maintain your fitness.

So to be as active as possible, make sure you incorporate walking as part of your lifestyle. Here are some ideas that can help:

  • Take the opportunity to fit in additional steps throughout the day whenever possible.

  • Stand and walk while talking on the phone.

  • Park in the furthest parking spot instead of the closest.

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Although all of these ideas seem simple, when you do them day after day, in combination with a structured walking workout, you can quickly and easily achieve your weight-loss goals and also keep the weight off for good.