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Yes, You Really Might be Walking Wrong!

For our patients following a medical weight loss plan, walking is the most commonly favored exercise. It’s easy to see why: You don’t need to learn anything new, you don’t need a gym membership, you don’t have to buy a bunch of expensive equipment, and you can do it just about anywhere and at any time. Plus, it’s easy! You’ve been walking since you were about a year old.

So you couldn’t possibly be walking “wrong”, right? Well…. technically you could be unintentionally sabotaging your exercise program a bit. Any exercise is better than no exercise, of course, and we’re happy to hear that you’ve started walking more than usual. But you could definitely make some mistakes that cause you to give up on your exercise program, or that cost you a more significant calorie burn. And after all, there’s only so much time in the day. You want to maximize the results of your workout.

So, take a minute to read through this list, and make sure you’re not making one of these common walking mistakes.

Drinking sports drinks. Those are actually loaded with sugar and calories, and aren’t really necessary. For most walkers, water is good enough to replace lost fluids.

Walking the same route every day. Not only will you get bored and feel tempted to give up; walking the same way every day prevents your muscles from being challenged. So switch up your route occasionally, and add some hills to your walk.

Overcompensating. Many people have a tendency to believe that after exercising, they can eat all they want. Remember that walking doesn’t burn that many calories. No, a thirty minute walk doesn’t earn you a pint of ice cream, unfortunately!

Otherwise living a sedentary lifestyle. Try not to think of your exercise sessions as “thirty minutes and done.” If you’re otherwise sitting all day, your calorie burn won’t be all that significant. Remember that a medical weight loss plan is all about changing your entire lifestyle, so try to get more active throughout the day to reap the best results.

Walking, but not doing anything else. Walking is great for you, but don’t forget to do some strength training. Toning your muscles will boost your metabolism even when you’re sitting or sleeping. Also, try some yoga for the stretching.  To prevent boredom, occasionally branch out into a new form of exercise, like a dance class or biking.

And of course, don’t overlook the value of professional guidance. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss a medical weight loss plan, and we’ll help you achieve your best possible results.