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Walking for weight loss? Distance is better than time. Read why…

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The most recent recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine are to exercise at moderate intensities for 150 minutes per week or exercise intensely for 75 minutes per week.

Paul Williams from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California found that distance walked was better than time walked for predicting body mass index and waist circumference.

When trying to lose weight with exercise, pick a specific distance for your workouts rather than a specific amount of time!  (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44 :1728-1737,2012)  Source:  FitnessRx

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  1. Traci Allstar Taylor

    November 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Tracie Peters add this page 2

  2. Alli Mitchell

    November 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Same for me! Started with less then a mile, and now, I am up to 8-10. I need to get back to it though…I was hoping the article would give me the boost of motivation again! Lost over 100lbs walking each day. Feels incredible! So relaxing, and definitely good “ME” time. Too many benefits not to get back into it!

  3. Edna Deloris Hunt

    November 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I started walking at first could just walk about a mile then before I knew it I was walking 10 miles a day ,I lost 58 pounds that’s been five years ago and I have kept it off!!

  4. Samantha Jones

    November 9, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I’m curious I’ve been walking for nine months now gotten my speed up to four miles per hour can’t seem to get constantly higher than than. Trying to add more distance but during the week it’s sometimes more difficult. I can’t say it increased my weight loss because the previous year I lost 70lbs with no exercise at all. But I’ve become attached to it because I feel free when I’m walking and I feel strong. Nothing beats it. But I’d like to do more. Any suggestions for how to continue with the cold weather rolling in?

  5. Chad N Angie Anderson

    November 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    When you were walking did you do incline or speed or both?

  6. Victoria Woodward

    November 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Walking is my fave.

  7. Julia Jones

    November 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Excellent! I did 16km yesterday!

  8. Dixie Neiffer

    November 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I walked weight off I started at 2 miles and went up from there around 8 to 12 miles a day I started at 275 lbs and got down to 160 I have to say I feel 100% better

  9. Corrine Thomas

    November 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Why is distance better? What is optimal distance? Also, I’ve long been told that incline is better than speed. Any mention of incline in study?

  10. Madhu Joshi Thanvi

    November 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    So how far should one walk to lose weight?

  11. Teresa Baisden-Lawson

    November 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    My doc told me to walk 45 min as i lost weight and got in better shape i would walk farther distance in the same time …. Seemed to make since to me

  12. Pam Desouza

    November 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    It doest say why or how far, just that distance is better. Stupid.

  13. Christy Robertson

    November 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I use time as my main factor but know in that time the amount of distance and calories should be burned in that hour of cardio. Just me.

  14. Brittney

    October 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for the info. I guess i’m not walking far enough!

  15. Mauro Garcia

    May 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    yep, so true!

  16. Nicole Byrd

    May 14, 2014 at 3:09 am

    DeAnna Byrd read this. You were just talki.g about this.

  17. Nicole Byrd

    May 14, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Nicole Byrd and Derrick Harley

  18. Angela Williams

    May 13, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I walk 10 plus miles a day 6 days a week and workout in the gym at least 2 days a week.

  19. Pam Page Craig

    May 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I’ve always had great results just by walking

  20. Debbie Kelley

    May 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Does anyone know if you can get a good weight loss workout on a recumbent bike? I have bad knees. Any suggestions?

  21. Andrea Jacques

    May 13, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Susan looks like we gotta find a longer path!!

  22. Kevin Miller

    May 13, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I walk an average 70 miles a week.

  23. Danielle Smith

    May 13, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Wendy Lemon…my lower back use to burn when I would walk/hike and eventually went away after my body was use to it and started losing weight! Stretching always help before, during and after!

    • Caleb

      November 5, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Stretching is such a major factor in whatever type of workout you are doing, but especially walking and running. A lack of stretching can put major strain on your joints and back. It is so important to warm-up and cool down properly, which includes stretching.

  24. Mary T Robbins Phelan

    May 13, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Am I missing the “why?”. I don’t see where it says WHY distance is better than time?

  25. Alice Verbanaz

    May 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Cool thanks for that app info.

  26. Alice Verbanaz

    May 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I use the treadmill mph or the park I walk around is exactly 1.25 miles around. Then I divide by 60 minutes.

  27. Laci Baeza Diaz

    May 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Well durn I only walk about 2 or 3 miles lol

  28. Laci Baeza Diaz

    May 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Victoria Jones Clark I can’t read it 🙁 what does it say??!

  29. Alice Verbanaz

    May 12, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    This is one of my top 3 most inspirational pages! Love it!!!

  30. Alice Verbanaz

    May 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    When I first started walking the most I did was one hour about 3.5mph. I am 5’5 165 lbs now. Feels good. But I dont weigh daily. Maybe every 2 weeks.

  31. Alice Verbanaz

    May 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I have only been doing 10 miles since May. I started exercising March 1st. I have lost 22 pounds but crazy inches. My strapless bra slides down to my waist. I wish my boobs weren’t disappearing. My waist is shrinking though too. I stick to 1200-1400 calories daily. I was doing the P90x arm workout but sprained my wrist at work. So any weight work hasn’t happened in 2 weeks.

  32. Brenda Pearson Sherrill Cohea

    May 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Is it the same as riding a bike…

  33. Kesha Scott

    May 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Lol…yea as long as you ain’t tryin make me tote a oxygen tank!

  34. Wendy Lemon

    May 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    My lower back hurts horribly when I walk – any recommendations?

  35. Wendy Lemon

    May 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    That’s great Alice! How long have you been walking that far and how much weight have you lost?

  36. Sherry Manton Ledsworth

    May 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I need to start walking farther!!!

  37. Stacy Fancher

    May 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I love to walk…..I lost a lot of weight by walking….started with 3 miles a day up to 6 miles a day and I kept a journal on the days I walked and he many miles……

  38. Tasha Rothrock

    May 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I don’t know if the entire article loaded or not…did it mention how far to walk?

  39. Toni Jackson Hayes

    May 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Kesha Scott we need to go 2 extra miles….lol

  40. Alice Verbanaz

    May 12, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    It might not happen in June when it is 100 degrees in st louis. LOL Taking advantage of the nice 70 degree weather

  41. Alice Verbanaz

    May 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I walked in the park a little over 2 hours. 2 hrs 25min. Sometimes I break it into two a days. An hour and 20 minutes in the am & in the pm while watching The Voice, a good show or Netflix. I was off 7 days starting May 1st and I set a goal of 10 miles a day. It gets easier believe it or not.

  42. Alice Verbanaz

    May 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Okay it worked. I kept getting a message about the page might have moved etc. But my internet is stupid. Always getting an unstable message. Thanks! I love your posts. I was sad.

  43. Teresa Thomaidis McCoy

    May 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Wow Alice, how long did it take? Awesome!!!

  44. Kesha Scott

    May 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Toni Jackson Hayes

  45. Cierra LS

    May 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    That’s awesome Alice Verbanaz

  46. Alice Verbanaz

    May 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Is this on your blog? I can’t access the link. I’m curious. I am a walker. Not a runner yet. Until I lose more I am going easy on my joints. I did 10 miles today and so far 85 for this month. People think I’m crazy. LOL

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