You probably think that to lose weight you need to exercise for hours a day and run, run, run, run, run. Turns out, you might be able to walk, walk, walk, walk, walk those pounds away, according to a new 50,000-person study from the London School Of Economics. In fact, the research shows that 30 minutes of brisk walking five days per week is about as effective as going to the gym and swimming. What’s the catch? You need to walk fast enough to sweat.
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The researchers found that women had a BMI that was 1.8 lower than the national average when they followed this protocol. On average, women who regularly walked briskly dropped an average of 1.7 inches from their waistline. Not bad, right? All from walking! Other studies have shown that walking is more effective for reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar than running.
Of course, if your diet consists of greasy garbage and fast food you’ll look (and feel) like garbage. So, whether you walk, frog hop, sprint, or Jazzercize from point A to point B, without a healthy diet you’ll still be a blob.
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