Hike Your Way To Weight Loss
Hiking May Be The Ultimate Way To Achieve Weight Loss
If you want to jumpstart your weight loss, you might want to consider hiking your way to your weight-loss goal. Going for an all-day hike a few times over the course of two weeks or three weeks is a great way to lose weight. But how often should you hike to get ultimate weight loss results and how beneficial is it really? You might be surprised!
Low-Impact Aerobic Exercise
Hiking is not an intense, high impact form of aerobic activity like running is, but it is a great calorie burner and muscle-builder. When you hike, you cover terrain that is hilly and uneven, burning calories and working your muscles.
You can’t expect to take an all-day hike if you’ve never hiked before. Not only will it not help you with your weight-loss goals, you might actually hurt yourself. The goal is to build up your stamina until you are able to hike for a full day.
Start out by taking a half-hour to one-hour hike a two or three times a week. Then, gradually increase your hiking times until you reach a point in time in which you can hike for five or ten hours straight. At that point, take one or two full-day hikes each and every week.
Hiking for an extended amount of time can help you burn a lot of calories during the days and weeks following your hike. If you can’t manage to get time off of work, try doing a long hike on a Saturday of about 6 hours and a shorter hike on Sunday of about 3 or 4 hours. Repeat that for the following two weekends. The continuous physical activity that hiking provides is a great way to burn calories, and it fuels weight loss.
Don’t forget to take plenty of water and nonperishable foods along with you. It is always advisable to plan your hike during daylight hours. Now, during the winter time you won’t be able to hike as long, but definitely make sure you hike when the sun is up. If you know the sun sets at 6 p.m. and you don’t begin your hike until 12 p.m., you can only hike for about two hours in one direction before turning around and hiking back to your vehicle. And make sure you never hike alone, or if you do, bring a cell phone with you and remain in an area where your phone receives coverage.
If you’ve hit a stumbling block and haven’t been able to lose the weight you had hoped to, try hiking. Hiking is a great way to get physical exercise that will burn calories, build muscle and help you reach your weight loss goals.