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SEWMOM007 SparkPoints: (9,164)
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9/21/12 8:08 A

Walking is good, even if your using it as a start to work up to doing more. That's what i'm doing. I just walked 30 min in my house and carried 1 lb weights for about 20 min of that time. This gives me a good start and I may walk outside later today. Vary your walk by location, weights, moderate to fast to moderate again; don't let it get boring!

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BROOKLYN_BORN Posts: 3,214
9/21/12 7:40 A

I've been told that varying your pace, walk as fast as you can followed by a slower recovery interval, gives you an extra calorie burn. Haven't tried it out myself though.

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9/21/12 6:42 A

I feel so good after a long walk. You not only loose weight but it can be very mind clearing.

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SLIMINDOWN31 SparkPoints: (29,930)
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9/20/12 11:45 P

You absolutely can loose weight by walking and lowering your calorie intake. My first 25 pounds was exactly that. I now have added weight training and other cardio.

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9/20/12 5:20 P

It was for me. I have lost 50 lbs in the last 5 months, strictly from walking about 60 minutes each day, watching my carb intake, eating leaner meats, cutting out pop and less sweets. My diet is still not perfect but is much better than it use to be and my health has greatly improved. What works for me may not work for you but walking and watching what you consume is a great start.

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DGEOGHEGAN Posts: 448
9/20/12 4:47 P

It is but by adding some strength training you will look leaner and perhaps lose more effeciently. I love Pilates, and all it cost me was a $9.00 video. I am amazing by how quickly my waste trimmed down when I added Pilates and some small weights to my work out.

NUKE64 Posts: 31
9/20/12 4:31 P

There are many success stories on SP about people who only did walking and tracking there food. There are also many stories with people who started with walking and got motivated to do a lot more. Go for it!

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,241)
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9/20/12 4:14 P

If you replace "watching what you eat" with "tracking everything you eat and staying within the caloric range by eating whole foods", yes it is possible, but to a certain extent. After a while your body will get used to it so much that it will start burning less and less. Then it will be harder to sustain the fat loss. Most people eventually end up walking fast and finally running.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 9/20/2012 (16:14)
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9/20/12 12:41 P

Absolutely. What matters most however is what you're eating & portion control.

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9/20/12 10:13 A

It depends on where you are. If you're pretty overweight, have been eating unhealthily, and not exercising at all, then starting to walk and eat healthily will certainly start your weight loss. As you get lighter and more fit, you'll have to increase your physical activity to keep losing, but by then you should feel ready.
On the other hand, if you currently have an intense workout schedule, switching to just walking might cause weight gain!

MRSLINDSAYB SparkPoints: (1,544)
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9/20/12 10:02 A

I do a lot of walking, and I'm seeing some big changes on the scale and just in how I look! Just keep a brisk pace and try to get your heart rate up a little bit. It works, I promise!

SARAJP0804 SparkPoints: (953)
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9/20/12 9:48 A

I was just curious. I have been doing Turbo Jam the past few days but its starting to bother my knees so I didnt know if walking would do it. I will continue to strength train as well but didnt know if walking would help me lose weight.

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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,441
9/20/12 9:39 A

Yes, it's possible, but I agree with the previous poster that strength training is an important part of any workout routine. It doesn't have to be long- you can get a good strength workout in 20-30 minutes, twice a week.

Coach Jen

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9/20/12 9:34 A

Why aren't you strength training? strength training revs up your metabolism and helps minimize muscle loss. Muscle is what makes you look good naked.

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SARAJP0804 SparkPoints: (953)
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9/20/12 9:27 A

Just a curious question.
Is it possible to lose weight by watching what you are eating and walking 30-60 min a day? Without doing any other form of exercise?

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