WALK OFF YOUR WEIGHT
It’s one of the easiest, cheapest and fun ways to get in shape
Readers share their success stories
WHILE exercise fads come andgo, goodold-fashioned walking has stood the test of time.
“Walking is fast becoming a popular activity for health and fitness globally,” says Kathleen Mcquaide, marketing and media manager at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Cape Town. “It’s a low-impact, allround body conditioner with a low risk of injury.”
She adds that weight-loss is not the only benefit – walking helps with muscle toning, increases bone density and can decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases.
Infact, a 2015 study found walking briskly may lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes as much as running.
Another study from the European Society of Cardiology found a 25 minute daily brisk walk can half the risk of a heart attack in those aged 50 to 60 and can add three to seven years to your life.
American scientist Katy Bowman hails walking as the “superfood of fitness” in her book, Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through natural movement, andsaysitmay be better for you than shorter more intense bursts of exercise.
“It’s the defining movement of a human and it’s a lot easier to get movement than it is to get exercise,” Katy says.
Four walkers share their success stories and we look at how to walk effectively.
‘Just start walking – even if it’s only 100 metres’ – Avid walker Pamela Woest
PAMELA Woest from Springs started her walking for weight-loss journey after “yet another Christmas lunch” in 2012. She developed extreme pain in her hips and attributed it to her increasing weight gain.
She started walking just 5 km at a time and slowly worked her way up to completing the 30 km 702 Walk the Talk in 2013.
“When I finished the walk, I really felt a sense of accomplishment,” Pamela says. “It was awesome crossing the finish line.”
“Walking is the way to go – you can walk no matter how old you are, just start walking, even if it’s only a 100 metres!” she says.
Thanks to walking and healthy eating, Pamela has shed 15 kg since taking those first steps three years ago.
She now walks at least once a week, both for exercise and to get outdoors as she loves the fresh air.
MAIN PICTURE: MARTIN DE KOCK. STYLING: PAMELLA-ROSE MLANDU. OTHER PICTURES SUPPLIED
❯ Initial weight 82 kg
❯ Current weight 67 kg ❯ Weight lost 15 kg ❯ Goal weight I’m currently on target, I’m quite happy about that!