Is there an easy way to get back in shape?
Can walking reduce belly fat or do I have to run or do more?
The simple answer is that a walking program can play an integral part to an overall approach to fitness. However, walking alone, will not be the impetus for major weight loss.
What are the attributes of a successful program for reducing weight and regaining fitness? And how does a walking program fit into this plan?
There are four main components to any fitness program. This goes for weight loss, building muscle, improving endurance or really any effort to gain positive physical results.
If you want to bank on one area for success, it is your nutrition. What you eat is far more important than what you do. It’s just that simple. Don’t try to out-train a crappy diet. You will lose this battle. Assess your diet along these lines.
Crank up your BMR by just being more active on a daily basis. This is where the walking program comes in. The idea is to spend more time moving around than sitting or standing around. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk or ride your ride to the corner store instead of driving. Walk the golf course. Go throw the ball with the kids. Move around more. Over time the energy consumed by these activities add up and your body becomes more of a fat burning machine.
Make sure you add resistance training to your workout regimen. It is the king of all exercise types. You will get the most bang for your time invested by lifting weights or engaging in some type of resistance training. Here’s why.
Not by itself but getting better sleep may be able to help. Yes sleep is very important to your overall level of fitness and unfortunately, it is the area most overlooked area when starting a new health and fitness program. The reasons you should focus on getting 8 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night are:
Can walking reduce belly fat and get you in shape? Indirectly, yes it can. But you have to focus on the other elements of fitness as well. Eat right, crank up the activity level, lift heavy things and get plenty of rest. Put it all together for a solid plan that works. It will work for weight loss, building muscle mass or just getting ready for shirtless summer weather.
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Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 63 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so they can be great role models and they live rewarding lives using his signature Spartan Method system.
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