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Cardiologists Explain How Walking Can Help You Lose Weight

We get it, trying to fit in time to exercise on a regular basis as advised by your cardiologist is difficult. Between work, a family, and everything else in life, finding that single hour to go to the gym just seems impossible. But there are ways you can manage your weight while still keeping your daily routine. The truth is, even just walking on a regular basis can help you see results in no time.
On average, walking about 2 miles per hour, on a firm, level surface at a slow pace yields about 170 calories burned an hour. While that may not seem like a lot at first, consider that this is about normal walking circumstances. For example: If you were to walk a couple blocks to the grocery store and back then you’re burning calories even when doing something you do throughout your day. Taking that little bit of extra effort to walk somewhere rather than drive can go a long way.
But let’s say you want to take it up another notch. Why not make the walk a little bit more strenuous? Walking at a pace of 5 miles per hour would burn about 544 calories per hour. For an increase of 3 miles per hour, that’s a sizeable jump. Considering that you’re average man should consume 2000 calories, while a woman should consume 1500 calories and you’re looking at 1/4 or 1/3 of your caloric intake on any given day. All you have to do is pick up your pace while walking from point A to point B. By doing this on a regular basis, you can get to where you need to over the course of your day, while still getting that beneficial exercise your cardiologist often says you need. Walking may not seem like much, but the effort requires more energy from your body that it seems. With a little multi-tasking, you can lose weight and go about your day in no time.
How To Use This Information
A manageable body weight means a happier, healthier you. Getting an hour a day of exercise, no matter what it is, is vital to a healthy heart. Try out this strategy for a few weeks, and to see just how much your health has improved, schedule an appointment with one of our cardiologists at South Denver Cardiology. Our cardiologists will make sure you’re on the right path to having a happy, long-lasting life with a healthy heart.

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