Walking is great for burning calories without you even noticing
When we think of calorie burning, it’s easy to think of sweating it out in the gym or pounding the pavements. And whilst vigorous exercise such as these is indeed very good for burning calories, they’re not the only answer to working off any excess calories that we eat.
If you’re looking to lose weight, or you’re simply careful about the calories you’re consuming, the science behind weight loss or weight management is pretty straightforward – we must burn off more calories than we consume. Our bodies do a good job of using the calories we eat to power all of our bodily functions (even when we’re sleeping, we’re burning calories!) including digesting our food, breathing, movement and even our brain power.
But if we’re serious about burning more calories, then we need to move more (and arguably, eat less, but that’s all subjective and depends on our metabolism and energy requirements – we’ll need to eat slightly more if we’re placing more demands on our body by exercising or having a manual job – or an energetic toddler – for example).
And what better way to move more, than going for a brisk walk? How many calories you burn on a walk will depend on how fast you’re walking, how far you go and where you’re walking. Walking uphill or over uneven or rocky terrain will burn more calories than walking on a flat surface. Use a calorie calculator to discover just how many calories you’re burning on your daily walk! If you have a smart watch, that will also tell you what you’re burning, as well as your pace and distance.