Running is seen as the best exercise to lose weight. Or it may be less beneficial for different areas of the body, such as muscles and bones. Here are the reasons why you should walk instead of run!
Cardio exercises not only burn body fat, they also help eliminate calories stored in the muscles, allowing to lose weight and increase muscle mass.
However, excessive cardio exercise also stimulates the production of cortisol, the stress hormone that leads to cravings (i.e. weight gain), to compensate for calories burned.
Running is also known to have adverse effects on the knees and joints.
Unlike running, walking burns fewer calories, but it is more balanced. This is one of the best alternatives for losing weight, because it is much healthier and does not stimulate the production of cortisol.
Walking does not cause any sweet cravings because it is one of the most stable cardio exercises. This sport increases the production of serotonin and dopamine, two hormones that influence motivation and happiness.
Walking exerts no pressure on the joints, in fact, it contributes to better lubrication of the joints, which in turn reduces osteoporosis.
Benefits of walking
Walking helps to lose weight and reduces the risk of diabetes and stress. According to Dr. Gregg Fonarow, spokesman for the American Heart Association, walking helps fight heart disease and reduces the risk of sudden death. According to his study, walking brings the following benefits to the body:
- Reduces the risk of heart disease for 9.3%;
- Reduces bad cholesterol for 7%;
- Reduces hypertension for 7.2%;
- Reduces the risk of diabetes for 12.3%.
Regarding walking you need to follow these rules:
- Wear suitable sports shoes;
- Practice good posture, straight your back;
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated;
- Protect your skin by applying sunscreen;
- To lose weight safely, walk 30 to 60 minutes a day
In addition to walking, by adopting a balanced and healthy diet, in addition to some type of exercise 2 to 3 times a week, quality sleep and adequate intake of water, you will lose weight quickly and optimally.
Bonus: here we suggest a weight loss drink
- 2 liters of spring water
- 1 fresh cucumber
- 1 glass jug
In the jug, pour the water and add the cucumber thoroughly washed and cut into thin slices. Place the jug in the refrigerator and let stay overnight.
Consume at least 3 glasses of this drink every day to lose weight, you can also add a few mint leaves and a dash of lemon juice to add flavor.
This drink is particularly refreshing thanks to the cucumber it contains. It is ideal after walking or sports.