Walk, Bike and Burn Baby! Say Bye to 2000 calories per week!
Jun 13, 2012 04:46PM
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Written by Micah Holley
Switch your gas pedal for a bike pedal. While biking and walking have environmental benefits and, well, let’s face it, they are cheaper than driving your car, they also have fitness and health benefits.
Instead of burning fuel in your gas-guzzling car, leave that baby parked in your garage and pick up your bike or simply walk to work. It will get your blood pumping, mind going, and make you feel more alert for your workday. If you’re looking for more fitness and weight-loss benefits, walking and biking burn those extra calories you need to start feeling a difference in your mind and body.
Studies done by Harvard School of Public Health show that walking up to three hours a week helps limit the risk of heart disease in women by nearly 40 percent. Bicycling only 20 miles a week helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent, according to the British Medical Association. The benefits do not stop there. Walking improves your mood and trims your waistline!
Keep a pair of running shoes at work and take a walk around the block on your lunch break. If your workplace is too far away, throw your bike in your car and take a ride to Whole Foods and grab some lunch!
Simply by walking briskly or pedaling to work, you can burn about 2,000 calories in a workweek. A pound of fat is 3500 calories. To lose one pound in a week, you need to burn 500 extra calories a day. Since the average workingwoman works five days a week, she burns about 400 calories a day by walking to and from work. That is 2,000 calories you burn within a five-day period! Imagine how many pounds you can lose if you walk to work on top of doing your daily exercise routine. Forget about the muffin top hanging over your slacks. You’ll be looking and feeling fine!
*These calculations are dependent upon walking to and from work for a total of 5 miles.
(400 calories a day walking x 5 workdays = 2506 a week)*Pedaling at a leisurely pace burns 145 calories in a 30-minute period. That is 290 a day and 2030 a week