Walking is a safe way to lose weight and maintain good health. If you have a comfortable pair of shoes and a place to walk, you can start immediately. Walking three miles a day may be difficult in the beginning, so start off slow and walk farther each day. Staying hydrated and having a balanced diet are also key to losing weight and keeping it off because a balanced diet is just as important as exercise.
Things You'll Need
- Walking shoes
- Comfortable clothing
Wear comfortable shoes and dress in loose fitted clothes for easy mobility.
Find a place to walk like a trail, track or park.
Determine the distance of where you will be walking by looking for distance markers or using a pedometer. If you are using a track, one lap is equal to a 1/4 mile.
Warm up by walking slowly for a few minutes, then gradually add speed until you are at a comfortable pace.
Start off at your own pace.
Add a 1/4 mile to your walk each day until you reach three miles.
Cool down at the end of your walk by walking slowly for a 1/4 mile or for a few minutes.
Tips & Warnings
- Stay hydrated.
- Wear sunblock to protect your skin.
- Consider buying a pedometer.
- Walk with a friend to stay motivated.
- Talk to your doctor before starting any weight loss plan.
- Avoid walking after sundown.
- Avoid uneven terrain.