• Anastasia Sendzik

All You Need is to Walk

The hardest thing about getting started is getting started! You know how it is, you try on your favorite jeans and they feel so tight, and you feel like “oh crap, now I can’t wear those as well“. You throw them on a pile of “if I get skinny” clothes and promise yourself to start working out and going on a diet next Monday. Then Monday comes, you starve yourself with one boiled egg or a detox green juice for breakfast while watching a video on how to lose 10 pounds in one or two weeks. After 10 minutes of a HIIT workout you stop the video, start crying and start eating ice cream to feel better. Several attempts later you sincerely wish there was a way to do nothing and lose those extra pounds, or praying to have a fast metabolism that everyone keeps talking about.

What would happen if someone told you that YOU CAN lose weight without exercising and without extreme dieting or drinking hundreds of “magical” pills?

Sounds impossible? Well, it’s not. To lose weight you need to reduce your calorie intake or increase your energy expenditure. You might keep eating sweets and carbs in reasonable amounts, just make sure to stay active.

One of the easiest ways to do so is to start walking. Simply get off one stop before your destination, park your car further away, choose walk-in instead of the drive-in. It is as simple as that. Our HOMEBODY team found some additional advantages of walking that you probably have never heard of before. For example, did you know that walking can lower the risk of heart attack and stroke? Harvard studies showed that at least 30 minutes of daily walking improves cardiac risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, mental stress, and vascular stiffness by 31 percent. Also, it can improve your mood and boost your energy level. Another study from Stanford showed that daily walking can increase creativity by 60 percent.

But the best part is that you don't need special skills, lessons, or even equipment. You can walk indoors, outdoors, alone or in company. It is up to you. To learn more, read Homebody's blog about what else influences your body image.

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