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  • Can You Walk Yourself Thin?


         After teaching a grueling cycling class, one of my students stayed after to share her weight loss progess. She excitedly spoke about how she started her weight loss journey by walking and lost 80 pounds in six months. 80 pounds?! After seeing her progress, she moved up to running and cycling shortly after. Her amazing story got me thinking-can you walk yourself thin?

         By starting a walking program, you begin to get accustomed to movement. Typically those starting a walking program have been mostly sedenary for quite some time. Your body will deliver whatever you ask of it-whether that is sitting on the couch, watching TV, walking, or running a marathon. It is beautifully adaptive. I have noticed a pattern with clients who start off walking-they begin moving more throughout the day and end up burning more calories overall.

    Can you walk yourself thin     Although walking does not usually make you break out in a sweat or feel sore for days on end, it does impact your overall well-being. By taking time out of your day to do something positive for yourself, you will naturally make better choices in regards to your health. You will most likely eat better and begin exercising more often. Energy levels will go up and stress levels will decrease. Walking is also a weight-bearing activity which can strengthen bones. And it’s super easy to do anywhere you may find yourself.

         A lot of times my friends will tell me they don’t even know where to start to begin a fitness program. Or they may be so out of shape they can’t even fathom lifting weights or taking a group exercise class. Beginning a walking program is a fantastic way to build the foundation for more. You will find yourself getting faster and being able to go longer. Before you know it, you will be jogging down a trail pushing a double stoller!

         So, can you walk yourself thin? I believe it is a great launching pad to building a healthy lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Grab those tennis shoes and let’s go!


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  • Third paragraph, second sentence, should read “feel sore,” NOT “feel soar.” Bugs me when educated people don’t proofread their work. I thought you mentioned somewhere that you have a master’s degree. Just saying.

  • It really bugs me when people are super critical of others… your spelling error could have easily been emailed to Kim without trying to make her look dumb on her website. She is doing a great job here!

    • Thanks, Pam! At least he read the article-that’s great!

    • It’s really not too cool to call someone out for misspelling a word or two! Now even if they butchered it up so bad that it was pathetic I still wouldn’t say anything! If a person misses the spelling of a few words that’s not a big deal, educated or not! These people that are really bad know that they are bad at spelling and will be the first to tell you! So please just do everyone a favor, back off and leave the person alone and let them figure it out for themselves! Ive alwaya been a perfect speller all throughout my school years and I am very proud and happy that it came easy for me but for many it didn’t come easy! We all have a shortfall or weakness that we deal with proving that whatever it is no one can be perfect at everything! Thanks for reading and have a great day everyone! Marc

  • I have to disagree. “Although walking does not usually make you break out in a sweat…” Oh YES, it surely does for me! LOL… I am talking about walking to the point of having to really puff to talk. I get 3.5 to 4.0 miles per hour, and I do break a sweat!!! It really is an awesome workout, so people shouldn’t be left feeling like they aren’t really able to get their heart rate up, because they can!!!

    And, it is true, that overall feeling really does lead to working out doing other things like Zumba, kickboxing, circuit training with weights, etc!!

  • I have to agree with Honey. I started out w/ a slow walk for 1.5-2miles. I noticed I wasn’t burning much in the way of calories. BUT, when I turned it up to 3.5mph avg and 4miles I’m soaked in sweat, and very much feeling the burn. Granted though I just started to work out too after about 6months off.

  • Hey runningtool, you spelled your name wrong!

  • Hi FitKim
    I started walking 1 hour a day 5 days a week in November.
    I have lost 8lbs and come down 1 pant size. I walk on my lunch hour so its really 53 minutes. I have not changed my eating habits at all. I probably need to lose another 17 lbs so
    By summer I hope to be there. I use walking sticks and walk 4 miles. I get a great upper body workout and break a good sweat. Rain or snow or sunshine I’m walking. Its slow but at 53 years old I am thrilled at the results.

    I read a book called “walk yourself thin.” Its working!

    • Congrats, Ginnie! That is fabulous:) I have seen that book before-I’ll have to read it this weekend and feature it in my next newsletter. Thanks! I would suggest just making one or two minor changes in your diet and I swear it will skyrocket your results. Nothing major, maybe just replace a few things with better options. Great job!!!

  • Thanks for the suggestion. I have already made some changes and can’t wait for the next 8 weeks. I just wanted to see if walking could make me thin. I am weary of health clubs. Walking is so easy to do. I walk on my lunch hour so I don’t have to take time out of evenings.

    I’ll keep you up to date.

    have a great day.

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