It’s not too complicated. There are three times that make for the best walks, in order from best to worst.
1. First thing in the morning –
The best time to go for a walk is first thing in the morning because the stomach will be empty of glycogen and provide better fat burning. It is also the time when people will have the most willpower and make the best decisions.
2. Right before lunch –
Going before lunch is much better than after lunch. This is because walking is a reminder of the health goals we make and helps people make better eating decisions during lunch.
3. Immediately after getting home from work –
Skip the Netflix and go for a walk instead.
The only reason this is #3 on the time choices is because people are usually worn down from the long work day, and it’s tougher to make healthy decisions.
That being said, a walk in INFINITY times better than crashing on the couch, watching TV, and eating a big dinner.
6 Tips and Steps for Success
1. It’s not a marathon or sprint.
The difference in calorie burn between a fast-paced walk with dumbbells in hand vs. a relaxed walk at a calm pace is marginal if the time walking is the same. Focus that energy on dieting properly, and leave the headband and pink dumbbells at home.
Be casual, relax, and enjoy the surroundings.
2. Find a walking buddy.
Alex (co-founder of Avocadu and boyfriend) and I go for walks almost every day. It’s a great time to connect with someone and talk about life.
We find that some of our best inspiration comes from those walks.
Your walking buddy also doesn’t have to be human… I’m sure your dog would be more than happy to accompany you on a walk!
3. Listen to an audiobook.
Don’t have a walking buddy? Listen to an audiobook! Audible.com has tons of selections and a book like The Slight Edge or The Power of Now that are great for walks.
4. Make an awesome walking playlist.
Don’t like audiobooks? Make a walking playlist! These songs should be soothing and relaxing, not intense. A good band to try is Explosions in the Sky. They are only instrumental and will give the mind great focus.
5. Drink iced green tea before or during the walk.
Depending on when you walk, green tea is usually a great choice. It has been proven to boost metabolism and will add to your water intake for the day. Make it, add some ice, and sip it on the walk. Pair it with a great weight loss diet.
As stated before, just walking on its own will not provide the weight loss benefits 95% of people are looking for.