Day 3

Walking burns 400 calories an hour.  That’s a whole meal. That’s a candy bar and a cup of ice cream. That’s 3 or 4 glasses of wine!  

For those of us who are cardio-challenged, here’s the best news of all:  you don’t need to run, jog, or sprint. Every 15 minutes of walking burns roughly the same number of calories as 8.5 minutes of running.  Walk, and enjoy it.

Best of all, it’s easy to add an hour of walking to almost any day: walk to the bus or train, walk your kids to school,walk your dog…the possibilities are endless.  That’s probably why more than 100 million Americans told a sporting goods survey group they walk regularly for fitness, and Prevention magazine found 16 million regular fitness walkers in the U.S.

If we’re telling the truth about our daily habits (and why wouldn’t we tell Prevention magazine the truth…!?), more than sixteen million of us regularly  walk the streets and trails of America for fitness, adding years, shedding pounds, and boosting our serotonin while reducing our cholesterol.  Here’s the good news: 

  • Walking an extra 20 minutes a day burns off 7 pounds of body fat a year.
  • Every hour of vigorous exercise can add two hours to your life expectancy.
  • Walking leads to lean, toned muscles, and keeps bones and joints in shape (but we knew that already).
  • In terms of calories burned, walking for 15 minutes = jogging for 9 minutes.
  • And burning 50 extra calories a day equates to five pounds a year

Want to learn more? Check out Prevention’s 6-week fat-burning walking program   and join me on a year-long commitment to walking and fitness.