It’s a common assumption that running is a preferable form of exercise, over walking. After all, it’s more difficult and boosts your heart rate much higher. But it’s not actually a fact that running is better than walking in every situation. In fact, there are several reasons that walking might be the better form of exercise for weight loss, for some people. For example…
When most of us decide to get fit, lose weight, or achieve some other goal related to our health, we tend to focus on the “how”. We create an eating plan or workout schedule, or otherwise craft a regimen that we believe will lead to our success. And those things are certainly important! After all, most people don’t achieve a goal simply by thinking about it.
When you’re following a weight loss plan, or working to maintain your weight, cravings can be one of your biggest challenges. Most people can’t rely upon willpower forever.
However, in many cases a craving is actually a sign of something other than hunger. When you learn to decode your body’s signals, it can be easier to replace old habits (giving into cravings) with new ones (giving your body what it is actually asking for).
For most of us, the five-day work week provides structure. Even if feeling over-scheduled isn’t exactly fun, simply having a schedule helps you to stay on track toward your fitness and weight loss goals.
Then the weekend arrives, and most of us feel tempted to procrastinate. We sleep til noon, snack throughout the day, and by Sunday evening we realize we’ve indulged in way too much Netflix. Whoops! You certainly don’t mean to backtrack every weekend, but it happens quite frequently.
It’s a story we hear all the time: My husband and I decided to embark on a weight loss journey together. In the first month, I saw him cheat on the meal plan at least four or five times. I never cheated once. Not only that, but we worked out together at the gym, so I know I’m putting in just as much effort… And yet, at the end of the month, he had lost eleven pounds and I had only lost five! It’s not fair! Why do men have an easier time with weight loss?
Walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise, and for good reason. It’s something almost everyone can do, it doesn’t require any special skill, you don’t need much equipment other than a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere at any time! For those on a weight loss plan and a tight schedule, walking makes sense as a regular form of exercise.
You’ve been faithfully working out for a few weeks or months now, or maybe even longer. You’re seeing great results from exercise, you feel more energetic, and you’re happy with your progress overall. These are all positive outcomes. But on the negative side, you’re feeling a bit bored with your workout routine. Sometimes you really have to push yourself to get started, and you feel a bit less enthusiastic overall.
You know that weight loss can reduce your risk of chronic diseases, improve your mood and self esteem, and give you more energy. But for some people, certain “side effects” sometimes appear – and most people don’t talk about these things! So, here’s the scoop on a few facts you might not know, along with what to do about them.
In our blogs, we often mention the importance of sleep within a healthy lifestyle and/or weight loss plan. Sleep affects your energy levels and metabolism, and obviously impacts your ability to carry out all the tasks on your to-do list (including exercise). Inadequate sleep can trigger weight gain, cravings, and problems at work. How you spend one third of your life really does matter!
On the other hand, we all have issues in our lives that can affect the amount or quality of sleep that we’re getting. As you pursue a healthier diet or weight loss plan, keep these dietary tips in mind – not just for your waistline, but for your sleep habits and overall health.