I say the words "it depends", "maybe" and "sometimes" a lot with regards to health and fitness, but today I'm going to talk about a topic with a bit more certainty. So, what is one thing that you can't do too much of?
Leisure walking to be more specific. Walking outdoors, in the woods, on a bike path without a whole lot of intent. Meaning you're not picking up dumbbells and walking as fast as you can, but rather more relaxed without a real purpose.
Walking does a phenomenal job of putting the body in a low-stress state while at the same time utilizing energy. Both very important for fat loss. Here are some quick benefits that walking provides.
Lowers cortisol levels naturally
Increases aerobic capacity (your ability to work at low levels for a sustained period of time)
Critical for reducing female belly fat
Gives you more energy throughout the day
Can stimulate hunger cues
Improves recovery from resistance training workouts
Many people aren't aware that at least 60-70 percent of their daily energy is used towards fidgeting, running errands, tasks they do at work and anything that is not sleeping, eating or purposeful exercise. Purposeful exercise only makes up about 10-15 percent of your daily energy expenditure. Think about that.
For all of you who have heard of the acronym N.E.A.T in fitness, that 60-70 percent is it. Non-exercise activity thermogenesis or N.E.A.T.
Walking falls into this category. It is one thing that you can not do too much of in my opinion.
A great starting point would be to walk for about 15-20 minutes per day at your convenience. Please feel free to reach out with any and all questions.