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What’s The Best Exercise For Weight Loss?

When it comes to weight loss workout strategies, walking might not be your first choice. Most people think of gruelling HIIT sessions or hard sprints on the treadmill when they need to lose weight. Walking is not to be overlooked though and actually has a lot going for it. You don’t need any special training, you don’t need any fancy equipment and you don’t need an expensive gym membership.

When it comes to weight loss workout strategies, walking might not be your first choice. Most people think of gruelling HIIT sessions or hard sprints on the treadmill when they need to lose weight. Walking is not to be overlooked though and actually has a lot going for it. You don’t need any special training, you don’t need any fancy equipment and you don’t need an expensive gym membership.

How can I increase my daily steps?

Invest in a step tracker if you don’t already own one. You don’t need a fancy, expensive one, just something that tracks your steps daily.

Start stepping! You don’t need to live in the countryside or next to a park to get your steps in. Marching on the spot in front of the telly in your comfiest pants (we don’t judge) still counts as movement and still burns calories. You may feel a bit silly but you’re beating everyone slobbing about on the couch.

If you have a job where you’re on your feet all day, then get extra steps by taking the stairs rather than the lift, or even offering to do the coffee run on a morning (bonus points for ‘accidentally’ forgetting a mug downstairs and having to go back down for it). How do you increase your steps if you have a sedentary job? Get creative and whip up support in the office. Here at Team RH we have standing meetings where people can march on the spot (yeah we know, we look mad but at least we’re not sitting on our bums all day!) Try walking to work if you can, or use your lunch break to take a stroll. You might look a bit odd at first, but trust us, when you start shedding the pounds you’ll soon have people joining in.

Use the app. The Team RH app has loads of helpful stepping videos you can use to smash out an extra 3,000 or 5,000 steps. Following along is both motivational and fun, so you’ll be surprised at how quickly those steps rack up!

Finally,

if you currently only get in 3,000 steps a day, don’t aim for 20,000 straightaway. Aim for 5,000 your first week and then slowly work your way up. Trying to force yourself to hit 20,000 every day when you’re not used to it will leave you demotivated and will ultimately lead to you giving up. Consistency is the key so aim to get to 10,000 every day at first and you’ll soon find 10,000 too easy and can move up to 15,000, 20,000 or even 25,000 per day.