New Brisk Walks for Better Weight Loss

What if you could lose weight by adding a brisk walk to your routine? Science shows that there might be a connection.

The connection between your waist and brisk walks

Researchers at the London School of Economics studied seven years worth of data in the Health Survey for England, connecting physical activity with waist circumference and body mass index (BMI)
They learned that:

  1. People who did the most activity of any type had the lowest BMI and lowest waist measurements.
  2. For women, brisk walking was the biggest indicator, even when compared to other sports and exercises. Those who walked briskly for 30 minutes five days a week had 4.3 cm smaller waist measurement than those who did not.
  3. The effect is stronger in women, particularly those over the age of 50.
  4. For men, sports and exercises showed stronger link to lower waist measurements and BMI, but only slightly higher than walking briskly.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Just be sure to remem­ber the brisk in brisk walk­ing.

Researchers define brisk walk­ing as walk­ing that is intense enough for you ele­vate your heart rate and work up a sweat. You can’t just plod along at a leisurely pace and expect results.

More reasons to take brisk walks

Beyond the waist­line, there are other great rea­sons to include brisk walks in your daily rou­tine.

Any­one can do it

Tak­ing a walk can be done any­where, by any­one (unless you have a debil­i­tat­ing injury). Walk your neigh­bor­hood. Walk a shop­ping cen­ter. On vaca­tion you can walk to explore a new city. Walk­ing is scenic, med­i­ta­tive and refresh­ing. You really have no excuse for not walk­ing.

Round 1

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  • Mountain climbers
  • Push-ups
  • Jumping Jacks

Rest 1 min

Round 2

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  • Mountain climbers
  • Push-ups
  • Jumping Jacks

Done

It’s free

You don’t need to spend any money to enjoy a walk. It’s absolutely free. No money, no excuses. No mat­ter what, you can always go out­side and get those legs mov­ing and blood pump­ing. If you live in the city you can walk to work and save money on trans­port or park­ing fees.

Walk­ing can help build bet­ter rela­tion­ships

Grab a buddy and catch up while you get in some exer­cise. We are so caught up in tech­nol­ogy today, we often for­get the real rela­tion­ships in our lives. Use a walk­ing break at work to spend some actual face time with a co-worker or go on a walk with your significant other in the evening and share your day.

The faster you can walk, the stronger your memory will be as you age. According to a 2013 study, there was a strong correlation with reduced cerebral gray matter volume in the brain when subjects performed poorly in the test. The quicker subjects walked, the more positive correlation in brain function.

Don’t Give Up on Your Regular Workouts

Why is brisk walk­ing so effec­tive?

It is all about inten­sity. As men­tioned ear­lier, the brisk in brisk walk­ing means that you are ele­vat­ing your heart rate and work­ing up a sweat.

In gen­eral, upping the inten­sity is a good thing. Researchers have linked the inten­sity of exer­cise with sig­nif­i­cant decreases in abdom­i­nal body fat, as well as total body fat per­cent­age.

Researchers define brisk walk­ing as walk­ing that is intense enough for you ele­vate your heart rate and work up a sweat. You can’t just plod along at a leisurely pace and expect results.

While brisk walk­ing may be effec­tive for weight reduc­tion, adding work­outs, sports, and exer­cises will help you improve your strength, bal­ance, and agility. You can’t walk your way to a push-up or pull-up. You have to train to do these. This is where 8fit comes in. Our work­outs are designed to be high inten­sity, using body­weight exer­cises to help you change your body com­po­si­tion. Depend­ing on your goals, we can help you lose fat, get fit, or gain mus­cle mass.

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