Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Walk Your Weight Down

I swear that living in Manhattan and walking around everywhere without a car has kept me at least 10 pounds lighter. You don't realize how many extra calories you burn while walking, but when you have to walk 1/2 mile to the grocery store and carry it all back every single week - it makes a difference for sure. I also live in a 5th floor walk up - so on any given day I am walking at least 10 flights of stairs - but it's usually more on weekends when we're running errands and exploring outside.

Running track right outside our home :)

So I am here to suggest you get out and WALK! Even though you may have a car and it's super easy to hop in to get somewhere - figure out where you can walk to. Or maybe drive to a park and just walk around. It can be peaceful and mind clearing - and you can drop a few + pounds by just getting out more.

Northern Central Park (where the tourists don't go) :)

These Central Park pictures are from a long exploration walk my husband and I took the other weekend. It was so nice to be outside for 2+ hours enjoying the weather and the beautiful Central Park sites. And I bet we burned off a bunch of calories walking up and down Great Hill and all over the Park :)

Top of Great Hill - Central Park

Walking is also a great into to an exercise program if you haven't been working out lately. Walk around the running track - get a feel for it, try to walk faster. Get your body used to moving every day before you start any high intensity work out and you'll be more likely to stick with it since you'll be easing into it. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions about how to exercise safely.


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