Obesity & Walking: The First Step

Too many people do not exercise because they believe that working out must equal long hours spent at the gym putting yourself through excruciating pain. However the benefits of just stepping outside your front door and leaving your home for a few minutes are staggering! Here are just a few reasons to walk more!

#1 – Greater Benefit for Obese

For those struggling with obesity these effects are even more amplified! At a power-walking speed of 4.5 miles per hour a 185 lb person would burn about 65 more calories per hour than a 155 lb person!

#2 – It’s Easy!

While walking may be troublesome for a select few, when compared to other forms of exercise such as running power walking is low-impact and minimally stressful on the body. Just start with a five minute walk and add two minutes every week!

#3 – More YOU time!

The time you spend walking is an opportunity for you to put on your headphones and jam out to your favorite tracks or listen to an audiobook.

#4 – The American Lifestyle

Americans take fewer steps than adults in Australia Switzerland and Japan which all have less issues with obesity and heart disease. Our lifestyle choices in America are not good for our bodies!

#5 – 50% Reduction of Select Diseases

High energy walking for 2-4 hours a week reduced the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome by 50 percent!

The 2008 CDC Physical Activity Guidelines recommends 30 minutes per day of moderate activity or 15 minutes per day of vigorous exercise. The BeLiteWeight team would like to challenge you to meet their standards!

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Why I Walk Without My iPhone

Some might say I walk to the beat of a different drummer. But I like to walk to the beat of no drum at all.

I'm a walker.

I walk every day. I walk in the morning, over my lunch hour, and after dinner. Some of the walks are short–a mile or so–others go on for three, four and even five miles.

And I never bring my iPhone. Not anymore.

I started walking, seriously walking, about two years ago to lose weight. The pressures of work, three kids, running all over town and keeping the house together were taking their toll on my mind–and body.

You see, I'm a stress-eater. I'd have a bad day at the office, come home and eat an entire bag of Cheetos. I'd drop my son off at baseball, my daughter at dance, and head over to McDonalds to get a couple of things off the Dollar Menu. I'd eat ice cream piled with caramel in bed every night.

Food was my comfort.

Naturally I became seriously overweight, maybe 75 or 80 pounds overweight. My knees hurt, my back hurt and I was tired all the time. So my doctor suggested that I start walking, which I did. It seemed like a good idea–easy on the knees, better than running (and less painful) for burning fat. And, he said, it would help me relax. All of which would help lower my blood pressure.

The problem was, I always brought my iPhone along, and you can probably guess what happened. I'd start off listening to some music. Then I'd get a call. Then I'd think of something I needed to do later in the week and I'd want to make a note of it and mark my calendar. Then I'd need to check my emails–work and personal. Then Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, of course.

The next thing I knew, I'd be sitting on a bench or curb or under a tree, stressing out about a friend's status post, a project at work or the fact that my husband forgot to get milk at the grocery store.

By the time I'd finally get home, I was actually more stressed.

Now I leave my iPhone at home, and I just walk. I clear my mind. I enjoy the scenery, the weather (sometimes), and the smiles I get from cute guys who are out running (I'm married, not dead). Walking without any real ‘connection’ to the world around me is freeing–it lets me escape and clear my mind, even if it’s only for 20 minutes. It has been a major impetus in my weight loss, has helped me be a better mom and wife, and I strongly recommend you get out there before work and/or after dinner and see what a simple walk can do for you!

Running vs. Walking – Which Is Better for Your Health?

Running vs. Walking – Which Is Better for Your Health? | BeLiteWeight | Weight Loss Services While you are trying to lose weight, any kind of exercise can be very beneficial. It can boost your metabolism, help you burn calories and can keep your momentum going to eat healthily. In addition, any form of exercise can improve your mood and help you sleep better — giving you many more benefits than just losing some inches on your waist!

There are pros and cons to running and walking — but the important thing to remember is that either one is a great form of exercise and you should do what you enjoy the most. That way you have a much greater chance of keeping with it and staying active.

If you are unsure if running or walking is better for you, here are some tips that can help you make the best choice.

Compared to walking, running is a higher-intensity exercise and it will be easier for you to increase your heart rate quicker if you have limited time. Running also burns more calories than walking per mile. For example, for a 156 lb. person, running 1 mile burns 112.5 calories, and walking one mile runs 88.9 calories.

If you are walking at an extremely past face, about 12:30 minutes per mile, you will burn about the same as running.

Despite the caloric-burning benefits of running, it can be tougher on your body because of the high impact movement. With every stride you take there is some level of trauma to your knees and hips. So if you have any joint pain or past injuries, it's a safer option to stick to running. However, running on a treadmill or on grass can minimize impact and help reduce joint pain.

If you are just starting to exercise or would like to stick to walking for whatever reason, a good tip is to wear a heart monitor during your walks. Find your target heart zone online and try to stay within that range to make sure you are getting enough out of it.

Also make sure you’re wearing a good pair of shoes, and ones that match your feet. (The three types of feet are flat feet, neutral feet and high arches.)

Whichever you choose, be proud of yourself for getting up and moving!


About the Author: Jamie Eberle is the Chief Financial Officer of BeLiteWeight, which has helped over 6,500 patients have safe, affordable and successful weight loss surgery over the past eight years. Jamie has had bariatric surgery and knows the ins and outs of the different procedures they run, including: vertical sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve plication, Lap Band and gastric bypass surgery, among others. BeLiteWeight focuses on each patient's needs to help them choose the right procedure and get started on the path to a healthier life.