Another study is being published that touts the benefits of walking as a healthy way to lose weight. According to a study by Ramblers’ Association of the UK, a brisk one-hour walk results in approximately 500 calories burned.
A specially commissioned study released by the Ramblers’ Association (RA) finds that a fast 60-minute walk covering 4.4 miles (7km) burns off about 500 calories.Now that pace is no stroll through the park but it is not race walking either.
From walking website :Grough
The results of the study were released to coincide with Get Walking Day, led by the RA’s new president, TV presenter Floella Benjamin. Ms Benjamin, a walker and marathon runner, said: “Walking is a great tonic; it keeps me fit in mind and body and really puts me in a positive mood. The more you do, the better you’ll feel, even walking for half an hour five times a week makes a real difference.”
The main findings of the report, called “The effects of a one-hour brisk walk on appetite and energy intake,” were that walking for an hour uses about 480 kcal on average, and that subjects in the study did not increase their food intake in the hours following the walking.
The RA study said this demonstrates the health benefits of walking. Ramblers Scotland’s promoting walking officer Kathryn Wortley said: “The recommended 30 minutes of walking per day can even be built up in bouts of 10 or 15 minutes throughout the day, so even on the busiest of days, everyone can enjoy the health benefits of walking”.
If you are still not ready to start walking consider the following from NHS
- Only three out of 10 people do enough exercise but eight out of 10 think they do:
- If present habits continue, soon one in four people will not fit in a standard office chair
- 37% of coronary heart disease deaths are related to inactivity, compared to 19% related to smoking