Sunday, June 3, 2012

Walking for Weight Loss

Walking is a wonderful way to burn calories. Burning 300 to 400 calories a day is a good goal for the exercise portion of any weight loss plan. Depending on your weight, 10,000 steps burn between 250 and 600 calories. 

Working Up To A 5 Mile (10000 Step) Walk

Walk for 10 minutes, then walk back. Do this every day for a week. Each week add 5 minutes until you reach 5 miles (10,000 steps). 

For more information on how to walk properly, posture, warm-ups, etc... visit the

Use this Walking Calories Calculator to help determine how many steps/miles you need to walk to burn the calories you need to lose weight.

Your weight and the distance you walk determine the energy calories burned while walking. Walking speed matters less than distance and weight. A rule of thumb is 100 calories per mile for a 180-pound person and 65 for a 120-pound person. Use this calculator.

To help me keep track of my steps/miles I use the Fitbit Ultra. The Fitbit Ultra has probably been the best motivating tool I've ever used.

The Fitbit Ultra Features:
Activity Tracker - Steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed, and distance traveled.
Sleeping Monitoring - Tracks how long and how well you've slept.
Wireless Uploads - When you are 15 ft away from the plugged in base station.
Online Tools - FREE online tools. All the other trackers charge a fee.
Tiny and Discreet - It is the smallest fitness tracker on the market.
Log Food & Activity - Log your food and activity. 
Snyc with Apps - Fitbit syncs your stats with other popular nutrition and fitness programs. 
Share with Friends - Fitbit has its own social network.

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