Sunday, June 7, 2015

Can You Lose Weight By Walking?

Everybody knows that weight loss is not easy. In fact, in order for us to lose weight and keep it off, one really has to commit to a lifestyle change.

Some folks may be wondering if they can lose weight by walking. After all, we want to do the best exercises that will burn the most calories. For many, the more calories we burn, the better we feel about our workout. While energy expenditure should not be the only measure of a good workout (remember, it is good for you and makes you feel pretty good, too), it is helpful to know how many calories you burn during a particular activity.

Remember also that simply burning more calories will take you only so far down the road to better health. A well-balanced, low-fat diet, plenty of rest, and a healthy attitude are also essential. And, of course, doing all things in moderation - even exercise.

In today's post you will be learning about the top calorie burners-activities that can really turn up the heat; and yes, walking is one of them.

Reading The Chart
The figures on this chart correspond to how many calories individuals of various weights burn per minute during different activities. Multiply this number by how many minutes you perform a given activity. For example, a 160-pound man jogging will burn about 12.4 calories per minute, or 372 calories during a 30-minute jog.
There are a few things you should keep in mind while reviewing this chart. With exercise, it is true that you get out of it what you put into it. Simply showing up for class and going through the motions is not going to do you much good. To get the most out of your exercise session, give it your all, even if your all is less than what others might be doing.
And do not forget to look for little ways to increase the number of calories you burn each day. You might be surprised to learn that it is possible to burn more calories simply by becoming more active in your daily life. Doing things like taking the stairs, walking to the mailbox instead of driving, and doing chores around the house are great ways to burn additional calories.

Activity Calories/min.120 lb.140 lb.160 lb.180 lb.
 Basketball 7.5 8.8 10.0 11.3
 Bowling 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.9
 Cycling (10 MPH) 5.5 6.4 7.3 8.2
 Dancing (aerobic) 7.4 8.6 9.8 11.1
 Dancing (social) 2.9 3.3 3.7 4.2
 Gardening 5.0 5.9 6.7 7.5
 Golf (pull/carry clubs) 4.6 5.4 6.2 7.0
 Golf (power cart) 2.1 2.5 2.8 3.2
 Hiking 4.5 5.2 6.0 6.7
 Jogging 9.3 10.8 12.4 13.9
 Running 11.4 13.2 15.1 17.0
 Sitting, quietly 1.2 1.3 1.5 1.7
 Skating (ice and roller) 5.9 6.9 7.9 8.8
 Skiing (cross country) 7.5 8.8 10.0 11.3
 Skiing (water and downhill) 5.7 6.6 7.6 8.5
 Swimming (crawl, moderate pace) 7.8 9.0 10.3 11.6
 Tennis 6.0 6.9 7.9 8.9
 Walking 6.5 7.6 8.7 9.7
 Weight Training 6.6 7.6 8.7 9.8
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