Burn Off Belly Fat and Other Health Benefits of Walking [Infographic]

Walk for Weight and Belly Fat Loss - Health Benefits of Walking
Infographic from FitnessRepublic.com
Why is walking the most underrated form of exercise?  Because the fitness industry, with its skillful marketing techniques, has fooled us into thinking that in order to lose weight (and especially that toxic belly fat) and get into shape, we need the latest fancy piece of exercise equipment, the most cutting-edge workout DVD or some other miracle accessory.

The fact is that, for a variety of reasons, most of these newest and latest products are purchased and never used.  Or, at best, they are used for only a brief period of time before finding their way to the back of the closet, garage or storage unit.
Just think about how many of these miracle weight loss and fitness products you have purchased and never or barely used.

Walking is rarely promoted as a weight loss or belly fat burning exercise activity because there isn't a whole lot of money to be made from advising people to ... simply walk!

Walking can be done practically anywhere, at any time and doesn't have to cost a thing ... beyond, perhaps, a good pair of walking shoes - which you probably already have anyway.

Because walking has been so ignored, and so overlooked by the fitness industry, many of us don't even think of it as "exercise".  But scientific studies have repeatedly shown that regular walking provides many important health benefits - in addition to sustainable fat and weight loss.  In fact, walking is one of those activities that is closely linked to losing that dangerous visceral fat in the abdominal area, aka belly fat.

This infographic entitled "Health Benefits of Walking" illustrates a few of the benefits of walking:

 By causing your body to release endorphins, it helps to you to calm down and de-stress.  As we know, elevated stress levels play a huge role in accumulation of belly fat.

✓ By improving blood circulation and blood pressure it helps the body to heal itself and reduces the risk for as well as helps to manage certain chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and coronary heart disease.

✓ By engaging your major muscle groups, and together with some light stretching, it helps improve balance, range of motion, circulation, strength and flexibility.

✓ A certain amount of brisk walking (about 4 hours a week) helps to improve bone density in the legs and hips, thereby reducing the risk of hip fractures in older adults.  Regular walking has also been associated with helping to stabilize and support joints.

✓ Last, but certainly not least, regular walking burns calories and fat.  Studies show that walking is one of the best ways to reduce deep belly fat aka visceral fat.  According to Tim Church, MD, MPH, PhD, of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, "If you exercise enough to lose 10% of your body fat, you may actually reduce visceral fat by 30%".  (Prevention, Walk Off More Belly Fat!)  According to an article titled "Taking Aim at Belly Fat" (Harvard Health Publications):
 "Exercise can help reduce your waist circumference. Even if you don’t lose weight, you lose visceral fat and gain muscle mass. ... Studies have shown that you can help trim visceral fat or prevent its growth with both aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) and strength training (exercising with weights) ...Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity most days, such as brisk walking or bicycling at a casual pace."
Infographic source, details and other great fitness and nutrition information:  Fitness Republic - Health Benefits of Walking.

Related:
Anatomy of Walking
How to Burn More Calories Walking
How to Lose Belly Fat
Fat to Flat Belly Little Helpers
Getting Rid of Belly Fat

Further Reading:
Exercise's Effects on Bones and Muscles
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