You want to know the answer to this question right??
Here it is: You’re. Not. Walking. Enough.
I remember when I used to think I could just slay the gym really hard 3x a week and get results. HA! (Let’s be honest, I wasn’t even doing that.)
Fast forward to me being my heaviest weight, sluggish in my body, hating how I fit into clothes and 20lbs heavier than I am now.
I was working a sedentary nursing job 3 days a week where I sat on my toosh for 12 hours a day. It was also really boring. My day was punctuated by trips to the break room and coffee shop - I’d arrive at 645am and eat my breakfast. By 10am I was bored and would go to the coffee shop to get an iced latte and muffin.
Lunch time came and I’d often eat a few pieces of pizza in the break room plus my lunch. Just cuz. Cuz I was bored!
Then afternoon dragged on forever until 7pm and our manager would bring around a candy basket like we were 5 year olds, doling out Kit Kats and Hershey bars which we know no woman can resist (chocolate is my drug! I’m okay with it! I will die for my chocolate addiction! Leave me alone!) until I’d drag my exhausted ass home and eat a giant bowl of pasta.
Something had to change. But I had like zero energy and desire to work out.
So I picked something really simple. I said, “Heather, all you need to do is walk for one hour on your 4 days off a week.”
Okay that seemed doable. And I did it. I’d just go for a slowish walk for an hour and slowly but surely the weight started to come off.
Now my nutrition still sucked so this wasn’t some radical transformation but I did lose 8lbs in about 6 months just from walking one hour a day.
That’s when I turned a corner and locked in 1) nutrition and 2) proper training to transform my physique for good, but walking is what got me started.
And walking continues to be part of my health habits.
Your body burns more fat doing low-intensity steady state cardio (LISS). It also reduces stress hormones in the body which are crucial for women’s results. (More stress, bad. Less stress, good!)
Walking can be done by practically everyone anywhere, anytime. (Even if the weather is horrible you can walk circles in your house! Trust me! I’ve done it!)
Walking centers you, refreshes your mind, reduces stress and minimizes impact on your joints.
It’s great for active recovery.
But here’s the clincher - you can maintain walking FOR HOURS; you can do an intense CrossFit class for about 8-12 minutes without rest if you are working at a truly hard intensity. Then you’re done. Smoked.
This is why clients who were doing CrossFit 5x a week came to me frustrated by their lack of results. Not only was their nutrition bonkers, but they were NOT WALKING ENOUGH. They thought the hard workouts 5 days a week were enough. They were wrong.
So if you want to shed fat easily AND maintain your weight and eat pizza and ice cream without gaining weight once you’re in maintenance, get your ass walking.
Trust me, you’ll like it.
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