5 walking tips to lose weight

Saravanan "Sharu" Hariram

August 4, 2023

If you’ve just embarked on an exercise routine, walking is a good way to pace yourself. The trick is to let go of the evening stroll and work up to a more athletic gait and pace.

To burn calories up to 200 calories, experts say you should walk about 2 km in 30 minutes. But if you haven’t been walking regularly, don’t expect to hit that speed right out of the gate. Start slow, and use these power walk techniques to work up to this speed.

  • Wear good shoes:  Prevent aching feet and shins by wearing walking shoes that are light, roomy and flexible.
  • Set the right pace: Measure the distance that you will walk daily, and then time yourself. For the next few days, find a pace that will help you burn the requisite number of calories. Use the benchmark we’ve mentioned above to determine how you’re doing. It should take you 3 weeks to work your way up to optimal speed.
  • Take little steps: Long strides are less efficient and more tiring than quick heel-ball-toe steps
  • Hold your head high: Raise your chin up and look about 10 feet ahead of you for the right walking posture.
  • Swing your fists: Instead of letting your arms hang loosely by your sides, bend your elbows 90 degrees, close your hands in relaxed fists and swing them in an arc from your waist to your chest, keeping them close to your body. This will help you walk faster, keep your fingers from swelling and build upper-body strength.

Consult experts for more tips on how to lose weight the healthier way

About the Author

Saravanan “Sharu” Hariram is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer with a passion for bodybuilding. Combining his love for fitness with his career, Sharu did his certification in Sports Nutrition, and Rehabilitation and Healing Nutrition. Currently a Master Trainer with HealthifyMe, he specializes in Weight Management, Marathon Training, and Physical Rehabilitation. In his 20+ years of experience, Sharu has always maintained that one’s mind must have control over their body in order to lead a healthy life. At HealthifyMe, he continues to follow his passion while helping those around him realise their fitness goals.

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24 responses to “5 walking tips to lose weight”

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  1. That’s some good tips. Obviously, i did some like the pace but for the head i definitely never did this. I’ll try next time!

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