Get Happy and Lose Weight by Walking

By Teresa Opara 
For many people, losing weight seems like an insurmountable task. Many people in today's society struggle with being overweight or obese, which can have adverse health effects, as well as affecting a person's overall happiness. Many people have tried to lose weight without success by starving themselves and undergoing rigorous and unpleasant physical training. This approach almost never works. A simple plan of making healthier food choices along with an enjoyable and manageable exercise program often yields greater results than an extreme and objectionable course of action. Walking can provide you with an excellent source of exercise that will put you in a happy mood and help you to lose weight fast.

The benefits of walking are numerous. First of all, many people who are overweight or obese struggle with the physical exertion associate with running. Running is extremely hard on joints such as knees and ankles. It is also very challenging on a cardiovascular level. Many people who are just starting out with exercise and physical activity are not healthy enough to start off running. Walking provides many of the same benefits as running without some of the negatives. Walking definitely burns calories, but it is easier on your joints because there is less of an extreme impact when your legs touch the ground than when running. Also, though much less demanding, walking still improves your cardiovascular health by increasing your heart rate and breathing on a smaller, less extreme scale than running.

Walking can also improve your overall mood, which can help when losing weight. Walking produces endorphins in the brain which naturally elevate your mood. Since many people who struggle with weight are emotional eaters, and tend to make poor food choices when they are stressed or upset, having a happy mood can greatly increase your ability to lose weight fast. Being in a happy mood can help a dieter to lose more weight, and be more pleased with their overall progress, making them more likely to continue losing weight instead of giving up like so many do when they are upset or disappointed.
Walking is also something that can be done regularly without many limitations. Walking outside in the warm weather months can provide the walker with fresh air and sunshine. If bad weather prevents you from venturing outside, malls, schools, and universities can provide excellent substitutes while keeping you warm and dry.

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