This is Day 9 of my 6 Pack challenge
Walking is a wonderful way to supplement your diet during weightloss.
I’ve been a walker for many years having owned dogs that require two walks a day, but I hadn’t really considered the benefits of walking until fairly recently.
To be honest it was something of a chore and to some degree I resented spending time walking when I could have spent the time either running or in the gym.
I used to run as a way to burn calories until I damaged my knee during a cross country run.
I sliced through the cartilage in my left knee as I was wrong-footed while climbing a steep hill.
After that I certainly couldn’t run, in fact I could barely walk and I had to have an operation on my knee.
I had the surgery around the time I embarked on my one meal a day diet so running as a means to burn more calories was out of the question.
After the initial phase of the recovery I started walking again to get some mobility back in the joint and it was then that I came to realise that walking was a pretty good cardio-vascular exercise. Obviously if you just saunter about its value is limited, but if you can get a good march going over some challenging terrain, it’s an amazing way to workout.
Running is harsh on the body of an overweight individual. Each impact is magnified by the extra weight being carried and over time that takes its toll.
Walking doesn’t impart to same loads or forces on the joints and spine and is much easier to commit to than running because you don’t have to deal with the same sort of internal reluctance you meet when it’s time to get the running shoes on.
These days I recognise that you don’t need to exercise to lose weight. It helps for sure, but it’s not essential.
I’m a big fan of walking as part of a diet, but it seems there are benefits that go beyond mere calorie burning.
Take a look at this video and you’ll see what I mean:
Weight loss pictures:
This is me today 9 Feb 2012
This is me on day one of the challenge:
This was me at the start of diet, more than 30lbs heavier than I am at the moment.
Read more about my diet: