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Walking to Lose Weight and Gain Health


Walking Is Good for Health

Walking to lose weight and gain health works and will help you if you're looking to improve your overall fitness and appearance.

I looked up my stats weight and height age and body mass. I am not very happy because I am a stone overweight! I clearly spend too much time working on the computer so I am on a mission to lose this extra stone ASAP and with no pain!

I am making a kind of public commitment my plan is to cut out eating before bed, drink Green Juice every day, drink 750 ml of water with half a lemon squeezed into it every time I walk and start a regular walking regime. I will start gently and progress from there. I shall listen to great tunes when I am walking, and learn to love the weather!

I will be posting my progress on this page so come back and see how I'm doing. I need all the support I don't want to do this on my own.

'Walking is Man's Best Medicine' - Hippocrates

This video makes the point so well please take a few minutes to watch it. I'm really glad I did!

My First Six Months

Diary of My Progress:

  • First 2weeks:: I have walked 9 days out of 14. I have quite a steep hill near my house and I walk up and down that hill when I go out and then round some flat ground.
  • I started by walking up once and after 9 days I have increased it to 7. Big mistake! Too much too soon - I feel like my tummy is dropping, it hurts a bit and feels very strange! I advise to take it more slowly. I should have increased the hill walk by 1 every 3 days or so. I will rest now for a couple of days.
  • May - 6 weeks: I have lost 5 lbs. I feel and look so much better.
  • I am walking 4 times a week up and down the hill 7 times.
  • I have had to stop again! Pulled a muscle in my thigh - funny I was walking quite slowly on flat ground when it happened. I have to rest up.
  • I am really enjoying this - so much. I miss it when I can't go. PS I haven't given up eating either! I am drinking freshly made green juice and more water with fresh lemon juice in it. I have cut down on sweet things.
  • 13th June : I've just weighed myself and I am down a one more pound! My target is to get anywhere within the 10st region. But I'll be happy with 10st 12lbs.
  • I have cut the hill down to 5 each time now because I feel really tired and my muscles ache quite a lot - so 7 times is obviously still too many for my strength. Boy I was so unfit. Too much screen time! BTW I have raised my computer to tummy level so now I work standing up. It's all the rage in offices. I was slouchy - no good.
  • My weight has dropped by 2 lbs.
  • July: Continued walking 3 times a week.
  • August: I've had to stop walking during August because Italy is just too hot! I am swimming most days though. I will start walking again when I get home. Keep you posted!
  • September: Hi my plans to start walking when I got back home have come to nothing because I have a very bad cough, earache etc and I have to take it easy. I caught something in Italy and it's been 6 weeks now!
  • The very interesting thing about this is that I haven't put the weight back on. This means that, even though I ate more than usual when I was in Italy, I still am 11st 4lbs! Amazing don't you think!
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  • October: I am so fed up because I'm still under the weather so I haven't been out walking! I have not put weight, but I feel sluggish and horrible. I've been on 3 very gentle strolls -obviously I have to work up to where I was before!

Wish me luck! I plan to start next Monday!

  • November: I'm walking again! I've walked twice this week, each time for an hour and three times up and down the hill. I am going to pace myself. Take it easy. I haven't weighed myself in a while -I'll do a couple of weeks and then weigh in.
  • December: I only walked twice this month! I am being so honest here... I have had a great Christmas eating lots of great food and just taking it easy. I have planned to start walking again in mid January. Then I'll get back on the weighing scales and keep you updated on my progress. Happy New Year!

My Second Six months

This is me walking on a beautiful beach in Scotland.

This is me walking on a beautiful beach in Scotland.

My aim is to encourage everyone to have a go at walking because it really does have great health benefits and I'd like to give you a kind of benchmark. Judge yourself against me. Are you doing better than me? Are you struggling? Are you already a keen and very fit walker? Please leave a comment below - I thrive on positive thinking!

It's been quite hard to keep the routine going and that's because I work from home. The frustrating thing is that I decided to take up walking precisely because I no longer have to get up and go to work. I typically get up and sit at my computer! I hated that I had put on weight over the years I was working very hard mentally but physically I was doing nothing.

Life Gets in the Way

I'm so fed up because I haven't been walking nearly half as much as I planned. For example, my son broke his leg and had two weeks at home with me, and I caught a very bad cough which put me out for 6 weeks! And boy doesn't the time pass quickly!

This means that I haven't been able to keep those extra pounds I shed in the first 6 months off. But I have noticed that I am much stronger when I do walk.

I have strengthened my leg and back muscles so when I do walk it feels much easier. I can walk for longer distances at a much faster pace now, which means that I have made quite a lot of progress.

I think any walking is better than no walking. So, all in all, ll I feel as though I have done very well so far. I will be building on this progress without a doubt as walking is becoming a real part of my life. I miss it when I don't go and I even get quite grumpy! I am determined to make it really work for me. Perhaps I should join a group? I'll give that some thought.

An Update

My progress is poor!

A year has passed and life has got in the way. I haven't walked for almost 6 months for a variety of reasons. They are genuine reasons BUT I haven't given up - I'm just not walking at the moment.
It's a shame but I don't fell too down because I know I shall be taking it up again asap! I know what to do now and that it works and that I really enjoy walking, so that is all positive!! How are you getting on? Please leave a comment, I'd love to know.

Medics Talking about the Benefits of Walking

Choosing the Right Walking Shoes - It's simple!

A Note About Walking Shoes

One of the best things about taking up walking as regular exercise is that is doesn’t cost anything because all you really need is a decent pair of walking shoes.

Walking or running shoes need to be well made in order to support your feet properly. They must not twist in the middle or rub off the back of your heel. They have to support your arch and ankle. They should be designed specifically for purpose so don't buy a fashion shoe. Many of the highly priced popular brands on the market are charging you only for the brand name!

We all know that fancy labels don't mean the shoe is going to the best. There are plenty of really good walking trainers on the market that have not got an expensive brand name attached.

So once you've got your shoes on you need to start a regular walking routine to improve your overall health. But what does that actually mean? The American Heart Association says:

You gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of vigorous exercise you do.

Also if you keep up a good pace you could burn over 100 calories for every half hour you put in.

So I walk at a 'good' pace when I go out. I use music to keep up my efforts. The rhythm of dance music really helps and it's uplifting too. Sometimes I feel like bursting into song, but so far I have resisted the urge - happily!!

I walk for 10,000 steps up two hills that aren't too steep but steep enough and then I walk round my town, which is flat ground. I do this circuit twice and that takes me just over an hour.

I plan to start walking round three times, but I would like to get my current walk down to under an hour. In other words I'm planning on speeding up just a bit.

I can feel that my legs are stronger than they used to be but my muscles ache the next day. That's a very good sign because it means that I have worked hard enough to make a difference.

Posture When Walking - 60 Second Solutions!

A Pedometer will give you incentive and help you plan

Pedometers will help you to walk the correct amount by counting your steps. Some people wear them all day long and then they can judge how active they have been.

Others wear them when they go for their walks to make sure that they're keeping up the correct amount of steps. They are a help with incentive too.

20 Minutes Play Time!

Children are kept too still

My child was only 4 years old when he started a nursery group in London. It was a state school and part of the UK's national curriculum, so they followed government guidelines.

His day started at 9 am and they made him work on developing literacy and numeracy skills till 10.30. Then he was allowed out into a green field with toys like bikes, and climbing frames etc - for just 20 minutes!

After which he was put back into a classroom where he got on with activities to develop his reading and writing skills till 12.30. Lunchtime was no better, just 50 minutes, but most of that was taken up with eating. In the afternoon he had a sleep!!

That routine continues right up into secondary school where they get 20-minute breaks in the mornings and none in the afternoon! They wonder why our children are unfit and call them 'lazy'! I got fed up with all that and took my boy out of the state system.

I could go on and on about this because it's obvious that active play in the fresh air is an essential part of a child's development. It is at an early age that kids learn to love to be active and develop routines that they will take with them into their adult lives.

I am a teacher - I have never understood why we cage our kids in (rant over!).


Walking Tips

Even though walking is the most natural thing in the world starting a regular walking routine that you are going to keep up needs a little bit of bit of planning.

When will you walk? I have found that walking early in the morning is not a good thing for me. Everything feels more difficult, so I wait until mid morning or sometimes after lunch and then go for a brisk walk.

I have decided that walking on my own suits me best because I have my pace and route worked out and it seems to have turned into quite an exact science for me! I have tried walking with a couple of friends and my husband but they all seem to cramp my style! Inviting someone to walk with you may make sure you are more committed, but it may also mean that if that person quits you will too. I walk where I feel safe so it's not a problem that I am on my own.

I wear whatever I feel comfortable in, but usually I wear long shorts and a tee shirt. I take a waist bag with me for my keys etc. I carry a bottle of water and my son's iPod. After the walk, I go home and shower.

This routine worked itself out as time passed and as you can see by my experience it's not difficult stuff to get together.

One thing I think I should point out is that you'll have to learn to love the outdoors no matter what the weather holds, otherwise the first sign of rain or wind will put you off going out. I happen to love the rain and dislike the heat so I'm living in the right country as far as walking is concerned.

For the first 2 weeks, you should aim to stride. While you are walking you should be a little out of breath - you'll be able to talk but breathlessly.

Walk for 10 minutes slots, 3 to 4 times each week. In the second week add another couple of minutes to each walk.

The aim for these two weeks is to walk from 20 to 30 minutes each time - getting a little faster. By the end of the month, you should have added an extra day's walk.

Don't Walk into Trouble

Although it is not common, you can get into trouble if you walk in secluded places.

Tips I follow:

  • Be aware for example that during the winter months places like public parks are less busy and you could find yourself on your own. It's a shame to have to include this in what is otherwise a very positive page, but we should all to be sure that we are not putting ourselves at risk.
  • Think carefully about where you walk, especially if you're going to be by yourself. This applies to men as well as women, by the way.
  • Make sure you plan your walk, go on well-lit paths and try to stay where there are people. The idea really is that you should be able to see anyone who is approaching. This is not possible in a wood for example, and although a wooded area is a beautiful place to walk, you would be ill advised to do so on your own.
  • If you're walking by traffic, make sure you walk facing the oncoming cars, this avoids people stopping or curb crawlers bothering you while you walk.
  • It is very wise to change the route you take every so often so people don't get used to seeing you in the same place every day.
  • Make sure you have the energy to run the distance it may take in order to get to help. Don't walk for miles off the beaten track.
  • You can buy a personal alarm and use it if you feel that you want to attract attention or even call for help. You should also have your phone with you, but out of sight of course!
  • It is wise not to wear headphones, because you will be less aware of your surroundings, and you won't be able to hear if someone is unusually close to you. I wear inconspicuous ear plugs.
  • Also, if you suspect that something is wrong then it is! Just get out of there as quickly as possible.

Getting Rid of Tummy Fat

My tummy has never quite recovered since having my baby. So I'm going to try this simple exercise:

  1. Sit up and relax.
  2. Breathe in through your nose.
  3. Pull in your tummy muscles.
  4. Hold for a few seconds, as long as you can without passing out!
  5. Breathe out through your mouth and release muscles
  6. Repeat several times a day.

You may as well do your pelvic floor while you at it! Kill two birds with one stone :0)

This works. After about 2 weeks you'll notice a difference. Your tummy will feel and look tighter, so I've been told!

It's nice that you can do this exercise anywhere. You don't need to make time to do it just fit it in where you can.

Shall we have a go? Who is up for it? Let me know how you get on.

I haven't remembered to do this so I can give you no feed back whatsoever. I am determined to try though.

My trip to the Lake District - A real walking holiday!


I had a few days in the Lake District, Cumbria, England last week and I really surprised myself because I went fell walking again after many years and I felt great!

I used to do this about 20 years ago, and I found it very, very hard going. I was younger, but I had very stressful job at the time, and I very unhappy about some areas of my life.

All this made the hill walking very hard, I felt as though I was carrying myself up not walking! Afterwards my legs would sting with pain and my breath would run out very quickly.

I now can see that I was going through a very unhappy time in my life and that was having a negative effect on my health.

I still can't seem to keep up any sort of exercise routine unless I feel happy. I wonder if that's the case with you?

I hadn't been back to the Lake District since then so I had very low expectations of my abilities when we set off on our fell walk. I thought my son and husband would leave me standing as they strode up in front but this was not the case.

I wanted to get to the top of Harrison Stickle, that's the highest peak in the picture above. is something many people enjoy but fell walking is not for the faint of heart.

The photo is a picture of Langdale Pike, my favorite place and we got to the very top. I don't know exactly how high the Pikes are, but it took us about 4 hours to get to the tops and 3 to get down again.

It was an exciting day but my son did not enjoy it as much as I hoped. He hated the rain. Well to be fair to him it was more than just rain - it pelted down for at least 2 hours!

The picture shows the Pikes in snow, but we had torrential rain, wind, and hail stones! We we were told to come down because the weather was about to turn bad! The lakes are like that - very dangerous. In fact as we were coming down about 10 rescue volunteers were making their way up because climbers were stuck on a rock face. They were not very happy - but boy were they fit! My son didn't enjoy the walk until about a month later when he asked me when we were going to do that again!

I had one of the best days I've had in a long time! And my legs didn't hurt and I could keep up with the men!

Eureeka! I'm back on track.

I think it would be fun to keep a record of when, where and why we walk. I'd love to know who is walking with me. So come on! Write what you're up to here and let's see who is doing what!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Giovanna

Walking to Lose Weight and Gain Health - PLEASE COMMENT

Giovanna (author) from UK on September 06, 2016:

Yes vitamin D is certainly worth taking especially during the winter months. Lack of sun is not good for bones. Here in the uK we have been advised to take some every day.

Giovanna (author) from UK on March 27, 2015:

Great. Thanks very much for your visit. Good luck with the walking.

Sushma Webber from New Zealand on March 02, 2015:

I learned that to lose weight one must do it at a brisk pace from 45-60 minutes. I have been able to do for 30 minutes which is helpful to improve cardiovascular fitness. I am aiming for 45 minutes eventually. Another way to keep fit is to make sure we walk 10,000 steps per day, during our daily activities as well as a 30 minute walk. I recently bought a Pedometer to help me with this.

Giovanna (author) from UK on July 03, 2014:

@junecampbell: Wow walking in Vancouver sounds amazing - wish I was there!! Enjoy your wlaks. Thanks for your visit and comment.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 03, 2014:

I have recently regained the ability to take long walks again. For several years, I had a food problem that severely limited my ability to walk. During this time, I did primarliy swimming and water exercise. The foot condition has healed, recently, (thanks to the use of alternative healing practices) and with great glee I once again head for the wonderful trails and walks in North Vancouver, where I live.

Giovanna (author) from UK on June 29, 2014:

@writerkath: That's what I could do with - a needy dog -it's funny how I know that would take priority and I'd get my walks in that way! Well done for your walking - thanks for your visit. Have a great Sunday.

Giovanna (author) from UK on June 29, 2014:

@AcornOakForest: Thanks for the support and encouragement. I will keep it up even if I can't do it as often as I should. Thanks very much for your visit.

writerkath on June 28, 2014:

Thanks to a wonderful friend and neighbor who has a dog needing daily walks, I have been averaging 5 walks per week, at an average of 1.5 miles per walk. As sleepy as I am in the morning, I love it! It sets the tone for a lovely day. :)

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on June 28, 2014:

Keep it up! It's hard to keep going regularly - like you said, life gets in the way - but it's so worth it. I do some of my best thinking on walks. Thanks for sharing your challenge!

Giovanna (author) from UK on June 26, 2014:

@tazzytamar: Thank you very much for your great comment. I am trying and so far I'm doing well. I have walked 3 times this week. Not bad but not quite enough. The hardest bit is getting out of the door for an hour. Isn't that crazy! Thanks for your visit.

Anna from chichester on June 26, 2014:

Great lens - people always think of jogging and swimming etc when they consider exercising but walking is so great too. Sounds like you divided a brilliant method here for weight loss and heart health too!

Giovanna (author) from UK on June 25, 2014:

@RaintreeAnnie: So sorry to hear about your lovely dog and your illness. But it sounds as though you are making a good recovery. I don't know how much time has passed, but what about a new doggy companion? Thanks very much indeed for your visit and comment. Good luck.

RaintreeAnnie from UK on June 25, 2014:

I used to walk 1-3 hours a day when we had our Goldie dog. He would come and present us with his lead and waggy tail when it was time-better than a personal trainer ! After he passed we carried it on but only for about an hour a day. I have been very ill for the last year and a half and I couldn't do any exercise but now I have started a new exercise regime which includes walking and am currently building up the time. I love walking getting out and about seeing nature, flowers in peoples gardens etc. and I agree with the meditation aspect others have mentioned here. Also works to think twice about do you really need to take the car to run those errands then walking just becomes part of the day. Love this page!

Giovanna (author) from UK on June 24, 2014:

@Niktravelfit: That's very true - walking doesn't make you hungry in the way swimming does for instance. I have no idea why though! I drink plenty of water with fresh lemon squeezed into it and I thought this might be why. But I'm not sure. Thanks for your interesting comment.

Niktravelfit on June 24, 2014:

Walking is my favorite cardio because I don't get hunger cravings from doing it. It also helps me to get more focused in life.

Giovanna (author) from UK on June 17, 2014:

@taliasmith23: Great - anything that encourages you to keep going is good. Thanks for your visit and comment.

taliasmith23 on June 17, 2014:

I walk with my Fitbit, it has encouraged me to take more steps each day my daily goal for June is 13,000 steps a day :)

Giovanna (author) from UK on May 21, 2014:

@Colin323: That's very true but it will balance itself out. Also, if you're going to make the effort of walking for your health, you might as well go the whole way and address your eating habits too! Thanks very much indeed for your visit and comment.

Colin323 on May 21, 2014:

Walking is definitely the best exercise, particularly if you walk with a purpose, e.g. to go to the shops; to work; to think about a problem. But you need willpower to resist eating to compensate for feeling hungry by the extra exercise!

Giovanna (author) from UK on May 11, 2014:

@ecogranny: I wish we could walk together! I know what you mean about the hills in Italy that's exactly where I used to walk with my grandad. Not sure why you have so many laundry fumes?? Thanks again for calling by. Walk tomorrow?

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on May 11, 2014:

Walking is the best exercise almost any one can do. The fittest I have ever been occurred when I lived in a verdant, hilly country and had the time and leisure to walk five miles every day up and down those rolling hills. The air was so fresh that I sucked in big lungsful, which I'm sure contributed to my good health as much as the walking. I know I would walk more if I lived in the country and could breathe fresh air rather than car and laundry fumes. How I wish scented detergents and dryer sheets did not exist! Achoo! Achoo! Achoo!Still, walking in polluted air is healthier, I'm sure, than not walking. Your chronicle impels me to get out more. Thank you.

Giovanna (author) from UK on May 08, 2014:

@TanoCalvenoa: You are right about that there's nothing better than a walk on a beautiful beach on in a forest, but I don't have time to do that each day - so round my town I go!! And I'm not the only one. Now that spring is here more people are out. Thanks very much for your comment.

TanoCalvenoa on May 08, 2014:

Walking in my opinion is the best when you're in nature on trails, or at least in nice parks.

Giovanna (author) from UK on April 04, 2014:

@removals15: I haven't been for a couple of days and I feel low because I enjoy walking so much! Sometimes life has to come first! Job interviews - yuk! Thanks very much for your visit and comment.

removals15 on April 04, 2014:

Walking is the best medicine indeed. I agree to that.

Giovanna (author) from UK on March 31, 2014:

@Donna Cook: I'll look into that - it sounds very useful! Thanks for the tip.

Donna Cook on March 31, 2014:

Terrific lens! Runtastic, the smart phone app, is very helpful to me. It does include a walking mode. I turn on the GPS and it tells me exactly how far I've walked and calories burned. I just need to walk more often.

Giovanna (author) from UK on March 22, 2014:

@AlleyCatLane: Great. Keep up the good work.

AlleyCatLane on March 22, 2014:

Oops! Put this in my comments above. Yes I am walking and loving it. Get a Fitbit - it is an amazing motivator for me. Up to 3.5 miles a day.

Giovanna (author) from UK on March 19, 2014:

@Vantis: Yes s- do I. At the moment I am preparing for a very important interview and boy do I need to think lol! All my best ideas come when I'm walking. Thanks very much for your visit and comment.

Giovanna (author) from UK on March 19, 2014:

@Wednesday-Elf: Well done -it's got to be a gradual progression otherwise it's not enjoyable. I've decided that 10,000 steps a day is the ideal. But I won't be able to do everyday -that's not possible! Keep it up , let me know how you get on. Good luck -it's really worth making the effort. Thanks for your visit.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on March 19, 2014:

I walk a mile every day, and 2 miles every so often. It's not a lot, but it's a beginning. Need to increase my time, but I do like to walk.

Vantis on March 19, 2014:

Walking is a fine relaxation. I walk when I need to think. Sometimes for hours. It really helps. Great lens!

Giovanna (author) from UK on March 14, 2014:

@Medical_Weight_Management_Center: Are you still in the snow? Where are you?

Medical_Weight_Management_Center on March 14, 2014:

Once the snow melts, I'm eager to do more walking outdoors.

Giovanna (author) from UK on February 12, 2014:

@CherylsArt: I love dancing, but don't do it much any more. I wish I'd been a dancer!! Thanks for your visit and keep up the good walk!

CherylsArt on February 12, 2014:

I do walk regularly and also have an elliptical for indoor walking. I love walking, and dancing too. : )

Giovanna (author) from UK on February 10, 2014:

@Judy Filarecki: I don't like working out -it really bores me. But i did get out last week twice. I even made a video of my walk in the pouring rain. I'm waiting for my son to edit it together, then I'll post it here. I'm going to walk tomorrow. Thanks for your visit.

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on February 10, 2014:

Hope you got going again. I've used Leslie Sansone's DVD quite a few times when conditions were not ideal for walking outside. It is a good workout.

Giovanna (author) from UK on February 09, 2014:

@susan369: That's a really good routine to get into. Yes it is harder if you work but when I worked I used to walk half an hours to get there and half an hour to get home! I just didn't use the car or bus. It worked for me. I started putting on weight when I changed job!! Thanks very much for your visit.

susan369 on February 09, 2014:

I walk every day for at least an hour after dropping my son off at school in the morning. If I miss it for any reason (heavy rain, gale force wind, etc) I really miss it. Then I usually get on my exercise bike instead. I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to do this. If I worked full time, I simply wouldn't have enough hours in the day to do this. Good luck with your weight loss! I could do with a few pounds off myself!

Giovanna (author) from UK on February 05, 2014:

@Gypzeerose: Thank you. I am looking forward to reading your lens. I'll put a link to it here. Thanks for your visit.

Rose Jones on February 05, 2014:

Thanks for this exceptional lens. I have always been a walker, but I have injured my feet. I am working on water walking. I have bookmarked this lens and linked it to my own similar lens:

Giovanna (author) from UK on February 05, 2014:

@Elsie Hagley: It's really raining hard today! I wasn't going to go but your message has given me that boost that I needed. Thank you very much indeed for your support.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on February 04, 2014:

Keep up with your walking you will make it, just done give in. I walk every day and do gardening, only weigh 7 stone 8 lb, my height 5ft 1in, quite happy with my weight and health. Wishing you all the best.

Giovanna (author) from UK on January 15, 2014:

@invisibleearUtah6: I'm very happy to hear that - of course running is fantastic but I walk because running is too hard to keep up! The benefits are very similar. keep up the good work! Thanks for your visit.

invisibleearUtah6 on January 15, 2014:

I run every day 30minutes at least and I feel great...

Giovanna (author) from UK on January 13, 2014:

@johnsonbrown: It's amazing how just 30 minutes a few times a week can make such an enormous difference. Perhaps we should ditch the car completely!! Thanks for your visit and comment.

johnsonbrown on January 13, 2014:

yea walking very important and i usually walking for 30 mins to lose some of my extra weight Thanks great lens :)

Giovanna (author) from UK on January 06, 2014:

@ShoeRack: I don't think that method would improve my overall health as much as walking does. The weight drops off when you walk because you burn off the calories through physical activity and the physical activity improves your general physical and psychological health. There is no need to count calories unless you have to lose a lot of weight very quickly. It's much better to change your whole lifestyle. Thanks for your visit and for leaving your comment.

ShoeRack on January 06, 2014:

You could try a traditional weight loss program and count points or calories.

Giovanna (author) from UK on December 18, 2013:

@anonymous: That's very true. There's no doubt that it's harder in the winter, but it will soon be spring -so never fear! Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

anonymous on December 18, 2013:

For anyone who desires to remain healthy as well as to lose weight they need to be able to take walks as that will aid in burning out fat as well as help them keep trim as well. This is one method that never goes wrong.

Giovanna (author) from UK on December 16, 2013:

Well Julia I would be lying if I didn't admit that the weather does stop me walking sometimes, but not that often, because once you get started and if you wear the right clothes, then you won't feel cold or get wet. It's just something that I have become accustomed to now. I've never heard of intergratedmedicine but I shall have a look online and see what it is. Thanks for your visit and for your comment.

Giovanna (author) from UK on November 22, 2013:

@anonymous: That's a good habit to get into. I agree with you. Walking is much more enjoyable than people may imagine. Thnanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

anonymous on November 22, 2013:

I try to walk everywhere also. It's great to just enjoy the moments and get some exercise from point A to B.

Giovanna (author) from UK on November 20, 2013:

@RoadMonkey: I have never tried weightlifting. To be honest I don't like going to gyms and they are a bit pricey too! But I take on board that lifting weights will both strengthen you and tighten your muscles. I have lost weight walking. It is staying off. So I am very happy about that. Thanks very much for your comments. They are very interesting.

RoadMonkey on November 20, 2013:

While we walk pretty often and do it at a good pace (I sometimes jog a little), I feel that weightlifting is the best way to trim down. You won't necessarily lose weight, however, you will take inches off your body size. I go to the gym classes at university at the moment and get a great deal of fun from them, but the best ones for trimming body size are definitely weight lifting.

Giovanna (author) from UK on November 11, 2013:

@jtorrent7o1x: Yes I've heard that too. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Giovanna (author) from UK on November 11, 2013:

@jtorrent7o1x: Thanks for this I will look into Vit D - thanks for your interesting comment.

jtorrent7o1x on November 11, 2013:

Nice lens. ...o ya, i also read yesterday about how important vitamin d is and apparently it can help you lose weight in a "healthy way". I don't know but i read it here : ..Seems pretty interesting, might be something could could research on if you can. Thanks for this. I now have a few tips for losing weight. Cheers!

jtorrent7o1x on November 11, 2013:

Nice lens. ...o ya, i also read yesterday about how important vitamin d is and apparently it can help you lose weight in a "healthy way". I don't know but i read it here : ..Seems pretty interesting, might be something could could research on if you can. Thanks for this. I now have a few tips for losing weight. Cheers!

Giovanna (author) from UK on November 07, 2013:

@QuicklyLoseFat: Hello - I stopped eating late night snacks. But I found that walking made me hungry so I ate a bit more during the day. I drank more water too. That's about it. Thanks for your read.

QuicklyLoseFat on November 07, 2013:

Being active and moving will always help people feel better and be healthy. Did you also change your diet in any way?

Giovanna (author) from UK on October 16, 2013:

@KathyZ1: Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comment.

KathyZ1 on October 16, 2013:

Great lens, thanks for your sharing!

Giovanna (author) from UK on October 03, 2013:

@smine27: I'd love to visit Tokyo. Thanks very much for your visit and for leaving a comment.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on October 03, 2013:

No matter how busy I am, I make it a point to take a walk everyday even if it's around my neighborhood. On my days off, I like to wander and explore new places in my city. Tokyo is a huge city that requires a lot of walking so that's always a plus.

Giovanna (author) from UK on July 15, 2013:

@yourbodytype: I totally agree. There's absolutely no need to run. Brisk walking downhill and a slower pace uphill is working super well for me. Thanks for your comments and for visiting.

yourbodytype on July 15, 2013:

Walking is better than running, you can feel more the fresh air in the park.

Giovanna (author) from UK on July 03, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks for leaving such a positive comment. Together we can nail this!

anonymous on July 03, 2013:

We absolutely agree with you. Walking is good

Giovanna (author) from UK on July 03, 2013:

@hendri87: I am doing very well. However I have had a week off because I was too busy to go out walking. That's a shame! I can start again tomorrow. I only have 3 llbs to lose and then my target weight is hit. It's been so much easier than I thought it would be. And fun too. Thanks for your message.

hendri87 on July 03, 2013:

We absolutely agree with you. Walking is good. Best regards from

Giovanna (author) from UK on June 25, 2013:

@nutri4verve: That's very true. Thanks for your visit.

nutri4verve on June 25, 2013:

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Giovanna (author) from UK on February 12, 2013:

@BeginnersFriend65: This is very interesting. Thank you very much. It makes a lot of sense. I'm sure people will consider using a treadmill too.

BeginnersFriend65 on February 12, 2013:

As this is a lens promoting wlaking I thought I would pass on something I found out the other day. Did you know that someone walking the same distance that someone ran, would actually loose more weight. Apparently this has to do with what provides the energy. Walking tends to nurn the stored fat whereby running needs more instant energy and so uses our blood sugar (I believe this is the science, but please forgive me if I didn't get the exact explanation :-) ).Either way walking is downright good for you (although I do personally enjoy running as well.cheersAndyHome Treadmills to ConsiderInversion Tables for Your BackBest Induction Cooktop Reviews

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