When I think of all the people I have met on foot in the last 7 years, I do not remember anyone saying that they were walking to lose weight. Some may not be comfortable accepting it, but I think that in general, weight loss is not a major factor in people walking. But to be honest, why not on earth? So many of my friends are almost too interested in losing weight and maintaining an ideal body shape. I guess this is a mental thing. Or maybe it’s not so amazing to walk in nature, like going to a stylish gym for an hour or two. God knows … but the truth is that walking is one of the best ways to lose weight! you do not believe? Read more.
When you work out at the gym, aerobics or high-energy exercise, you can expect to burn 4-800 calories per hour. Compare it to mountaineering and you will find that hiking is in the lower reaches of that range. While climbing, a “normal climber” burns about 4-500 calories per hour. So why is walking great for weight loss?
The two main reasons are:
1. Do this all day while walking. You burn calories from morning to evening, not just a few hours at the gym.
2. On the walk, you are away from the temptations of everyday life, candy jars, junk food restaurants, etc.
Let’s look at math.
Suppose you are somewhat like me, a 30-year-old man, about 160 lbs / 72 kg.
1. You walk and carry an extra 15-20 pounds (7-10 kg) in your backpack. You do a good walk, which is a bit difficult, but still enjoyable. You walk 8 hours a day and burn 500 calories per hour. That’s 4,000 calories you burn there. When you rest for the rest of the day, you probably burn another 1,500 calories.
Total calories burned: 5500 calories per day
2. You do an average of one hour a day of strenuous exercise. This will burn 800 calories. In addition, you have a normal life, with moderate activity, going to school, office or light physical work, shopping, housework and so on. To do this, your body burns about 2,700 calories a day.
Total calories burned: 3500 calories per day
Do you see me?
You burn 2,000 more calories while exercising than when you exercise! Well, at least in this example. The exact figures depend on you. If you weigh more, carry a heavier package, walk longer, burn harder on harder terrain, etc., you will burn more calories. If you are smaller and work easier, you will burn less. But these numbers are quite ordinary.
That’s right- you can probably eat a little more while walking. But a lot of the extra calories burned normally come from burning your body fat. Walking is a strenuous activity, so it is easier for your body to burn fat slowly but steadily.
And in addition to being very helpful for weight loss, walking puts you in close contact with some of the spectacular natural scenery as well as your body. I do not walk because I want to lose weight. I do this for the pleasure and feeling it gives me, every few days I have a few days off or a few weeks I somehow enjoy my free time. And although I am not overweight, I always come back to life slimmer and for some reason fresher and more positive!