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The Simple Best Exercise to Lose Weight, by Fitness Trainer

Here are the many reasons you should take a walk, says one expert. 
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You don't need a fancy gym, personal trainer, or several hours a day to get into the best shape of your life. According to one expert, losing weight requires just a pair of sneakers. Online fitness trainer and coach Alexandra (@alexx.fitt) has amassed a following on TikTok and Instagram by sharing videos about how she lost 50 pounds by making a few simple tweaks to her life. In a recent Instagram video, she reveals the simple exercise that is responsible for her transformation: Walking. "10k steps a day is life-changing here's how," she writes in the caption.

You Can Burn a Lot of Extra Calories


"I weigh around 150lbs so walking 10k steps burns an extra 300-400 calories a day without spending hours on the stair master," says Alexandra.

It Can Be Done Anywhere, Wearing Anything


You also don't need to spend a lot on clothing or equipment. "Walking can be done anywhere you don't have to get fancy gym clothes you can literally walk in your pjs," she adds.

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It Helps Regulate Appetite

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Walking is also good for appetite regulation, according to Alexandra. "Walking is not an extremely difficult exercise and it can help regulate your appetite hormones and reduce feelings of hunger," she says.

It Uses "Fat as Fuel"

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Walking also uses "fat as fuel," she says. "Since walking is low impact your body will tap into your fat storage instead of 'eating up' your muscles."

Walking Plus Healthy Eating Habits Helped Her Lose Weights


"When I lost 40lbs, the ONLY exercise I did was walk," says Alexandra. "Gyms were shut down, so it's all I could do. Along with cleaning up my eating habits walking is the main exercise that helped me lose weight fast!"

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Brisk Walking Boasts Many Other Health Benefits

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According to JAMA Internal Medicine, walking at a brisk pace for about 30 minutes a day offers lots of healthy benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia and death, compared with walking a similar number of steps but at a slower pace.

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And, Walking 10K Steps a Day Has Been Linked to Weight Loss

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Also, a 2018 study published in the journal Obesity found that walking 10,000 steps a day is great for weight loss and weight management.

💪🔥Body Booster: Set a goal to walk 10,000 steps a day for a week. At the end of the week assess how your body looks and feels.

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more