No gym needed for this weight loss walking plan

Walking is convenient and undervalued. Walking improves heart health, mental health, weight management, and chronic disease risk, according to studies.

Before you put on your sneakers and start walking for weight reduction, here's everything you need to know.

"There are numerous benefits to beginning a walking regimen," says April Hartsook, master coach, personal trainer, and founder of the Want Different Do Different movement.

The American Heart Association says heart disease kills the most Americans. Walking is one of the easiest methods to improve cardiovascular health, according to 2019 research in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity.

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Losing weight reduces our chances of diabetes and some cancers, as well as cardiovascular disease.

Hartsook adds: "Walking can stop bone loss, boost immune function, ease joint pain, lower blood sugar, improve mood, and burn calories for weight loss." A 2021 study shows that exercising 20 minutes a day can extend life!

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