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Lose 24lb without going on a diet! Take the 10,000 steps challenge

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Walking is one of the easiest ways to lose weight. A brisk stroll for just 45 minutes a day, four times a week, could help you lose two pounds a month. That adds up to 24 pounds over a year!

Apart from the slimming benefits, walking strengthens the heart and lungs, improves bone density and boosts your mood by increasing the production of the feel-good endorphins in the body. But, best of all, it helps suppress appetite, so you lose weight.

According to experts, 10,000 steps a day does the trick, which should take about an hour. That may sound a lot, but walking the kids to school, playing with them in the park and even running up and down the stairs, will add up to that magic total in no time. With our simple eight-point plan, you're guaranteed to slim and tone up in just four weeks.

Eight-point plan

1. Fast, short steps will help you reach your daily step quota faster, so try to change the way you walk to reflect this.
2. Stride out with your head and shoulders relaxed, and pump your arms to work your heart and burn more calories.
3. Walk fast enough to work up a sweat, but not so fast that you haven't got enough breath to hold a conversation.
4. Walk on different kinds of surfaces. Uneven surfaces, such as woodland
or fields, will use different muscles, so you'll tone up faster. And if you walk up or downhill, you'll also burn flab faster.
5. Once you start to feel fitter, use small bottles of water as
hand weights while you walk, these will help you burn an extra 200
calories per 30-minute session. It will also tone your arms, shoulders
and back muscles.
6. Change one thing a day to ensure you stick to your walking
routine. For instance, park the car three roads away from school when
you pick up the kids, or walk up the stairs in the car park with the
shopping instead of taking the lift.
7. Buy a pedometer to count the number of steps you take each day. Boots sell them from as little as £6.99.
8. Walking is every bit as aerobic as running or a conventional
gym class, so make sure you warm up and cool down with some gentle
stretches with each session. Take deep breaths to bring down your heart
rate, and bend from the waist to ease out your spine.

 



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Our top tips to help you reach your 10,000 steps a day

  • Take up the challenge with a friend - you could go for a long walk while catching up and having a chat
    Always use the stairs. You'll be surprised how many steps you clock up by avoiding lifts and escalators 
  • If you get the bus to work get off at the stop before you usually get off and walk the extra distance
    Get up a few minutes early. 
  • You can't clock up the steps by sleeping so get up early to give yourself more time to get ready and fit some walking in
    Walk while you talk. 
  • If you spend a lot of the time on the phone, make it a habit to pace up and down the room while you're chatting, rather than sit in front of the TV 
  • Walk the kids to school, it'll be great for them to get some walking in too 
  • Park the car in the furthest spot of the carpark

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Di P

I started to walk to work as a cost cutting exercise, 2 miles to start with, then increased to 5 as the bus did not fit in with my timetable. At first i didnt think i was losing weight, as i was stupidly weighing myself. what was happening was i started to lose inches and tone up. now dropped a dress size, feel healthier and not so lethargic. weighed myself 3 months later and lost a stone. In fact if i dont walk , i dont feel as good, i eat more so the weight would probably creep back on.

Noura

I walk to school for 20min + The times we have to walk up and down to lesson +15min and then walking back home another 20min. This will add up to 55min. When I'm at home I run up and down a lot! So that be another extra 5 min. This means I walk for an hour a day for 5 times a week. My point: I've done this for a year and yet I haven't noticed no weight difference. I'm still the same. Haven't lost any weight =( I'm starting gym soon, let's hope that works

Nicky

muscle which is heavier (hence no change in weight). At some point down the line the pounds begin to drop off slowly - and this continues if you keep up the exercise regime. Expect progress to be slow so keep at it and don't let up. You will see a huge difference in your body shape long before you lose weight.

Lisa

Im 15 And I Walk Everywhere But Still Im 11st... Im 5ft 8

Jody

I wallk for an hour everyday, but i dont seem to be loosing all the weight i want to and im only 17 =[ i dont get why though.

juliet

walking is cheap,it keeps u healthy plus u lose weight.its the best.

LILLIAN

walking is great, aye prefer to walk rather than run, aye also do the weight watchers points.

Linda Edwards

I go to WeightWatchers every week and I started walking 3 times a week in March, and feel much better for it. It's only 1 hour out of my life and my friend Liz and I have a good natter and a good laugh. Somedays, we do not feel like going out, but once we start we are okay

agatha

It's cheap to do too...

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