The privileged sports activities to lose weight – sports walking, fast walking or Nordic walking – are often practiced to take care of your physical condition. It’s true: these endurance sports allow you to find and maintain the ideal weight in a non-traumatic way. But not everyone loses weight in the same way, much less at the same speed! These 3 factors directly affect the amount of calories consumed with each sports walk.
1 – DURATION: THE MORE YOU WALK, THE MORE YOU BURN!
The more the effort is prolonged, the more the muscles, to function, will draw on the energy produced by the fats. Walking is an endurance sport where duration over speed is more important, especially if you want to lose weight.
During a physical effort, the body draws on two sources of energy: sugars (glucides) and fats (lipids). At the beginning of training, to feed the muscles, the body will draw on sugars; after that, it will switch to fats, which are a major source of energy.
To be able to lose weight effectively thanks to sports walking, workouts must exceed 30 minutes : it is in fact starting from this moment that the muscles will draw on fat reserves.
2 – SPEED: WHEN THE TECHNIQUE ALLOWS YOU TO BURN MORE CALORIES!
The longer the brisk walk is, the more energy your muscles will require . To know how many calories you lose by walking 1 hour, everything depends on the speed:
- AT 5 KM / H, 240 CALORIES CONSUMED
- AT 6 KM / H, 300 CALORIES CONSUMED
- AT 7.5 KM / H, 380 CALORIES CONSUMED
To walk faster , you need to master all the techniques of sport walking: the correct movement of the arms and foot roll . It is through these techniques that all the muscles of the body are stressed the most: from the feet to the head!
3 – THE BASIC ENERGY REQUIREMENT!
This is what we call the “basic metabolism”. Depending on the weight, age or height, the human body has different needs to guarantee vital functions; therefore, energy consumption may vary.
“One or two extra pounds must not require a too strict diet. The right balance between healthy eating and regular training is an excellent solution”.
Sports walking, stimulating the totality of the muscles, produces a positive effect on the muscle mass: it will develop the muscles that, greedy for energy, will burn more calories even at rest! At this point, it is said that the “basic metabolism” increases.
Therefore, the duration and speed of the workouts, and the increase in the body’s basic needs through sports walking, will make it possible to lose weight effectively and long. Put the body into action to find the line!