Whenever I think about walking to lose weight, I think of Leslie Sansone. She is the queen of walking exercise videos. Some people find her chattiness annoying, but I find it amusing. I often recommend her 1 mile or 2 mile exercise dvds to sedentary beginners.
Walk to Lose Weight Exercise Video
Well, you do not have to take my word for it, here are links to some of her walking exercise video that you can try out for yourself. Please note that as with any home exercise equipment, you must actually do the workout in order to benefit from it. I haven’t figured out how to use osmosis to soak up the benefits of exercise by watching the exercise video without breaking into a sweat.
1 Mile Express – 15 minutes long
You can find the video in the right hand column. You might need to work up to a 15 minute mile.
2 Mile Walk – 32 minutes
10 seconds of ads prior to exercise video starts playing
3 Mile Walk – 46 minutes
Leslie Sansone’s actual exercise dvds are pretty similar but feature more people in them (you know the typical – one male, one senior citizen, a young mom, etc). So you get the group exercise feel while doing home exercise by yourself.
Interested in advanced walking exercise videos?
I recommend Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home 5-Mile Walk exercise DVD. For about $12 you get five walking exercise routines. The five exercise routines are the following:
- 5 mile challenge, approximately 70 min. long
- 5 mile advance, approximately 70 min. long
- 3 mile with hand weights, approximately 38 min. long
- 3 mile with the walking belt, approximately 38 min. long
- 3 mile with a band, approximately 38 min. long
If you do not have any of the equipment used in the advance walking exercise video, you can always use soup cans or water bottles as a substitution until you want to invest in additional exercise equipment. I basically use hand weights and the band. The walking belt is a little bit gimmicky and can only be used with Leslie Sansone’s exercise DVDs. I prefer to invest in exercise equipment that I can use with multiple exercise DVDs.
Walking exercise routine
If I was a sedentary beginner using the above exercise videos to lose weight, I would probably set up a one month exercise routine to build up to the 3 Mile walk.
Week 1 – MWF use 1 Mile walk (this is just to get your body use to walking)
Week 2 – MWF use 1 Mile walk, TTh 2 Mile walk (the three 1 mile days are your recovery from the 2 miles day)
Week 3 – MWF use 2 Mile walk, TTh use 1 Mile walk
Week 4 – MWF use 2 Mile walk, TTH use 3 mile walk
Week 5 – MWF use 3 Mile walk, TTH use 2 mile walk
Sometimes you might need to repeat a particular week twice in order to adjust your body to the increase in exercise.
Thoughts on walking to lose weight
Most people get injured when they start an exercise routine by going too far and too fast. Just because you are “only walking” does not mean that you do not have to build up to it gradually. Sedentary individuals only walk about 1.5 -2 miles a day, for 5-10 minutes at most in a leisurely pace. When you are walking for weight loss, you are breaking moving at a brisk pace and burning calories. So take small steps and work up to the 3 mile walk.
To get the best results, try to walk every day. If you skip a day, do not walk twice as fast or twice as long in order to “catch up.” But be careful of walking injuries.
Let me know if you see any results from the 5 week routine. I am keeping my fingers crossed that walking becomes a part of your quest for a healthy lifestyle.
Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.
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