Walking & Metabolism Go Hand In Hand

Before I started on my weight loss journey, I never really understood how walking could be life changing.  How just getting up off your butt and getting out the door matters a whole lot.  The hardest part of walking, is getting the motivation to start your journey, getting out the door.  But once you do, I am telling you, your whole world will change.  I underestimated the power of walking, which won’t happen again.

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When I 1st began walking I started out doing 2 miles, but I huffed and puffed most of the way.  Going up my steep hill, made me loose my breath, & felt chest pains for a few hours.  My heart rate at resting was 125 or so, but it has gotten as high as 140-152 at rest, when I was really sick .  I was a huge mess and I was scared of what would happen if I continued down this path.

Walking Kick Start My Metabolism: 

“Walking briskly on a daily basis not only results in calorie burning, it increases enzyme and metabolic activity that may result in increased calorie consumption for up to 12 hours after walking as little as 2 miles. The more deconditioned you are, the greater the metabolic effect of walking.

Increased metabolism means more than simply BURNING CALORIES, it means that your body will be more likely to draw in nutrients from your food and supplements.” taken from http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/exercise/the-power-of-walking1.htm#

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After walking 3-4 times per week for a month, I started noticing that I was losing weight a lot faster than most people.  I couldn’t understand why, till I looked into walking and realized that it helped kick start my metabolism.  Before I got sick, I had a crazy insane metabolism, where I couldn’t gain weight.  And before anyone asks, no I didn’t have a thyroid problems (I’ve been checked numerous times in my life), I just had a crazy insane metabolism.  It was something that I took for granted most of my life, because it was something that was always a part of me, something I didn’t need to work for or towards.

But when I got sick and was put on different medicines everything changed.  Weight kept increasing up to 90lbs., no matter what I ate.  Walking helped kick start my metabolism, which helped in turn to start losing more weight.  No matter where you are along your weight loss journey, make walking a top priority.  Walking does matter, no matter how much or how little.  So get out, move your butt, & start walking more.

How has walking benefited you?

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9 thoughts on “Walking & Metabolism Go Hand In Hand

  1. Walking has helped me with my arthritis and to discover hidden gems and jewels in my neighborhood that I would not see otherwise. I always have my Samsung Smartphone with me to capture buildings, people & street art that capture my interest. Walking is also good for controlling my high blood pressure. Striding Towards Better Health!!

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  2. Walking is the best exercise. That’s how I jump started my weight loss, I walked 10,000 steps a day. After a month I increased it and then started adding in weight lifting. The weights have really helped with building my core. I encourage everyone to build a strong body! Good for you! I’m so proud of your accomplishments!

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    • That’s a great beginning!
      Starting with a little is the best way,you won’t get overwhelmed by doing it that way. I started out walking up & down my street, then my hill (which is awful) then around the block etc. And now I have began running, something I never ever done and never thought i would. Even though I’m super super slow & can’t do much, I continue to do a little more each time, working my way up. 🙂

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