Here’s How Walking Can Help You Lose Weight

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Sure, running, HIIT classes, and extra-sweaty cycling sessions are pretty much known for helping you scorch calories and drop pounds…but honestly, can a girl ever just slow TF down and still lose weight?

Yup-turns out, walking a can definitely help you with your weight-loss goals. “It is important to have a mix of high-intensity and low-intensity workouts-like walking-for optimal and sustainable weight loss,” says Lindsey Corak, C.S.C.S.

Walking can also drastically slash your stress levels, says Hannah Davis, C.S.C.S.-and having less stress in your life absolutely makes it easier for you to successfully drop pounds.

1) Aim for at least 15,000 steps a day.

No matter your current step count, increasing it is totally possible. Davis recommends racking up 15,000 steps per day, seven days a week, to lose weight.

“Don’t worry about slowly increasing your step count. Just go for it,” she says. While you shouldn’t kick up your intense workouts overnight, you can double up your step count quickly and it won’t stress your body and make you more prone to injury, she says.

Another thing to keep in mind: consistency is key. You’re not going to get much benefit out of upping your step count one day and then letting it fall the next-instead, make it a constant routine (it’ll only get easier the more you do it, too).

2) Track those stats with a walking app.

FYI: Your phone has a built-in step counter (just remember to keep it with you). But if you do want an app to help you track, try Under Armour’s Map My Walk (free; available on iTunes and Google Play). This walking app provides feedback and stats (like average pace) for every mile you log

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