Please don't allow yourself to be confused by all the wild claims that you see when it comes to losing weight. While some of the exercise equipment, supplements and eating plans may be good for you and might help, the truth is that you really don't need any of it. All you need to do is eat better and move more, it's not rocket science. When just starting out, walking for weight loss is a wonderful way to get started.
Before you start any type of exercise program make sure you talk to your doctor first. This step becomes even more crucial if you are already overweight, have underlying medical issues or just haven't done much physically for a long time. Once your doctor gives you the thumbs up, get busy.
Walking is a great place to start for anyone at any fitness level, particularly those that are out of shape. It's easy on your joints and it will allow you to build up to a much higher level.
You don't need any special equipment, training or even a gym membership (you will need a good pair of shoes though so you don't hurt your feet).
You can go for a walk all year, in cold weather climates many indoor shopping malls open early so walkers can come in and do some laps, this adds a social aspect to your daily walk too which means it starts to be fun and you will be much more likely to stay with it.
You can take your dog for a walk, you can go for a walk with your kids or grandkids, you can invite a friend to join you. There are a lot of things you can do to make your walks more fun and inviting.
As your fitness level improves you can increase the intensity of your walks by increasing the distance you walk or stepping up your pace. You can even add hand or ankle weights to increase the intensity of your walk.
If you really want a challenge find some hilly terrain to walk on, walking up hills will really get your blood pumping!
With so many options and so many ways to make your walking more fun and get more benefit from the time you walk, it just makes sense to include walking into your overall fitness plan.
Of course, your exercise routine is only part of the whole picture, the things you put in your body will play a huge role in your overall weight loss success. Not only what you put in your body but how much you put in your body.
Find someone who can help you figure out a healthy, well balanced food plan if possible. If you don't have anyone who can help, go to your local library or online to find some cookbooks. There are hundreds of cookbooks that will provide you with heart healthy, low cholesterol, low carbohydrate recipes. Just find one that has recipes that are balanced, look good and that you think you will enjoy preparing.
Walking for weight loss is a great way to get started and with the many ways you can intensify your walking workout, you don't have to stop when you are in better shape.