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Hiking or Weight Loss Walking Program

Being active is an important part of losing weight or any weight maintenance plan. So when you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight…applying this rule will be the key to your success. Both diet and exercise are very important. Diet has the stronger effect on losing the weight while exercise helps to keep it off.

Walking or hiking is a great way to keep active…there are some awesome trails to explore and mountains to climb, its fun and enjoyable and will aid the calorie burn off. Obviously the duration and the intensity of any walk is the key to how many calories you actually do lose but it will work.

Calorie Counters

When looking to reducing your food intake, its important to eat safely in order to remain healthy and still lose the weight you require. Your body can survive for long periods of time without eating but this doesn’t mean you should starve yourself. Fasting comes with some side effects, so aim to eat a healthy safe number of calories daily, even if you’re overweight or obese, this will prevent malnutrition and related health problems. Determining a safe daily calorie intake depends on body size, sex, age and level of physical exercise. Fortunately researchers have done this for you and their recommended safe minimum amount is 1200 calories per day for a woman and 1800 for men. For those wanting to maintain current body weights, women require 1600 to 2400 calories daily, while many men need 2000 to 3000 calories a day.

For those not interested in counting calories…you need to choose a good healthy and well balanced diet, with the focus on how many calories are consumed with the numbers burnt off each day…its the preferred method by health practitioners.

For a diet plan or guide have a look at this book…hugely popular with great reviews. One doesn’t have to spend lots of money to lose weight…a good diet plan and exercise is all you need.

 Walking Plans

Depending on your level of fitness there are a number of options available to you.

If you’re starting from the beginning I suggest building your walks up at a slow and easy pace with increases of no more than 5 minutes per walk. Consistency is the key and developing a walking habit is what you want. Start with a 15 minute walk…walk for 7 and half minutes, turn around and walk back. Do this every day for a week. If that was easy add 5 more minutes to your walks the following week…if not so easy add 5 minutes every 2nd day. Keep adding 5 minutes until you reach your targeted time. Once your walking 30 minutes per walk, I suggest walking 5 or 6 times a week and having 1 or 2 days off. Every 6th week have a down week…use this as recovery time, keep your walks short, this will help to keep you fresh and motivated to keep this habit going.

Walking to lose weight

Walking Schedule For Beginners

WkMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
115 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins
220 mins15 mins20 mins15 mins20 mins15 mins20 mins
325 mins20 mins25 mins20 mins25 mins20 mins25 mins
430 mins20 mins30 mins20 mins30 mins20 mins30 mins
5Day Off35 mins25 mins35 minsDay Off25 mins35 mins
6Day Off20 mins20 minsDay Off20 mins20 minsDay Off

Consistency is the key, so aim for at least 5 days a week. The starting day can be charged to suit your needs but remember to keep your short and longer days the same, i.e. 20 minutes one day and 25 minutes the next etc. If feeling tired one week, don’t increase your time…stick to the previous week’s schedule.

Week 5 is when I’ve scheduled days off but it’s ok to take a day off before then…choose one of the easier days though. Remember every 6th week have a down week…this will keep you fresh and motivated to keep the habit going.

After the 6th week of this schedule, continue to build your walking time up to about 60 minutes. Remember to have your days off and incorporate the recovery week every 6 weeks. Once you feel happy with your fitness level look at the schedule for hiking or even do an event.

When beginning it’s natural to feel a little tired or even have the odd sore muscle but don’t let this stop you from walking…even elite athletes have these days too. If you are in pain its best to stop…have a rest day and if the pain continues see your doctor.
If you have any health concerns you should consult your doctor before starting any fitness program.

Once walking 45 to 60 minutes, you’re beginning to establish a good level of fitness. From here walking becomes more interesting and fun with more things you can do. For example brisk or tempo walks, look for an event to do or simply aim to increase the distance of your long walk so you can enjoy walking a hiking trail…The Tongariro Walk may interest you, regarded as one of the best one day hikes of the world. Whatever you chose these are all great examples or ways in which you will lose weight and keep it off.

Hiking Schedule

WkMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
1Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off60 mins30 mins
2Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off66 mins30 mins
3Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off72 mins30 mins
4Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off80 mins30 mins
5Day Off45 mins 60 mins30 minsDay Off88 mins30 mins
645 minsDay Off30 minsDay Off45 mins60 minsDay Off
7Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off100 mins30 mins
8Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off110 mins30 mins
9Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off121 mins30 mins
10Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off133 mins30 mins
11Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off150 mins30 mins
1245 minsDay Off30 minsDay Off45 mins60 minsDay Off
13Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off165 mins30 mins
14Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off182 mins30 mins
15Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off200 mins30 mins
16Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off220 mins30 mins
17Day Off45 mins60 mins30 minsDay Off242 mins30 mins
1845 minsDay Off30 minsDay Off45 mins60 minsDay Off

Hoe to lose weight by walking

This program can also be used as a half marathon schedule as well.
Before beginning this schedule you should have some base fitness…If you can walk 45 to 60 minutes easily several times a week, this schedule is right for you.

If possible incorporate some gym sessions, this is a great way to build strength and endurance, aiding those longer walking days. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday would be good days to fit these in. Low weights and high reps is the key. Always stretch afterwards as this will help recovery and injuries.

Make Wednesday your tempo walking day. Tempo’s are brisk walks which elevate your heart rate. Great calorie burning sessions, these are done at a constant pace about 85% of your heart rate max. Start with a 15 minute warm up, 30 minutes brisk walking, 15 minute warm down.

Always keep hydrated… drink before, during and after your walks. On the longer walking days take food… something healthy with plenty of energy. A mixture of nuts, dried fruit, sandwiches and fresh fruit are suggestions.

Walk off road and with other people…find interesting places to walk, I know walking the streets can’t be helped at times but the more places you explore the more likely you are to stick at it.

Stretching

Its important to allocate time for stretching, here are a few stretches I recommend:

 

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Hamstring
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Calf
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Quad
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Groin
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Tricep
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Shoulder
  1. Hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat. 
  2. Do not bounce. Stretch slowly and hold gently. Feel a gentle pull, never to the point of pain.
  3. Never stretch a cold muscle, warm up first then stretch. The best time to stretch is after your walk.

Choosing the correct walking shoes is important for injury prevention. Check-out my post on how to buy running or walking shoes.

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8 thoughts on “Hiking or Weight Loss Walking Program

  1. I love this! Going to try your walking schedule. I need to get back on a exercise program. Plus, I want to incorporate spending more time with my daughter and walking is a good way to do it. Thanks
    Camille!

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      Murray

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    1. Hi Shelby,

      Thanks for visiting my website. Definitely is a great way to getting started…if you need any help, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for your comments.

      Murray

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