If walking is your exercise of choice, here’s how far you need to go.
Contrary to what many hardcore gym-goers believe, walking is indeed a worthwhile way to exercise and stay healthy. According to the leading experts, walking is an excellent way to keep your weight in check, and, according to the Mayo Clinic, it can help “prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and type-2 diabetes.” One fascinating new study published in the journal Scientific Reports even found that major byproducts of walking more include enhanced creativity and overall happiness.
If walking is your exercise of choice—and if slimming down is your ultimate goal—how much should you be walking every day to burn more fat? According to the latest guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the recommendations for any form of moderate exercise every week is 150 to 300 minutes. To meet those goals, you’d need to walk at least a half-hour five days per week. But as Ash Wilking, a popular Nike Trainer and creator of the app Ash Fit on Demand, recently told us, the key to burning more fat while walking is to go longer. “For walking, where your heart rate stays a much lower rate and therefore has the time to access energy from fat, a longer walking workout will be considered more fat burning,” she says.