How Hiking Can Speed Up Weight Loss


Walking in the Fall Woods

Hiking is a great form of exercise, especially if you are not in the habit of working out on a daily basis. It is low-impact and thus safe even for those who are obese. You can do it just about anywhere and you can either do it alone, with a partner or hike in a group. Following are some of the ways that hiking can kick-start your weight loss program and enable you to shed pounds faster than would have otherwise been possible.

Burn the Calories

The good thing about hiking is that the more you weigh, the more calories you'll burn. Hiking burns anywhere from 430 to 550 calories per hour and you can add to this by carrying a pack, doing an intense hike or hiking uphill instead of on level ground. Furthermore, hiking burns calories even after you're done for the day. Hiking gives your body a metabolism boost that can last for over 14 hours, enabling you to burn fat instead of accumulating it.

Hiking offers the variety many people need in order to stick with an exercise program. You can do short hikes on the days you have a tight schedule or go for long hikes on the weekend, You can vary your hiking routine to explore different places in or around your city. You can hike alone on the days you need time to unwind and think, hike with your kids if you want to spend extra time with them or hike with friends as a fun, relaxing activity.

Contact the Metabolic Research Center for Inspiration

If you want to start exercising but aren't sure which type of exercise is best, consider hiking and all it has to offer. To learn more about fun and effective ways to lose weight that can be enjoyable for people of all ages and walks of life, contact the Metabolic Research Center today. We've been helping people just like you to lose weight and keep it off for more than 25 years.

 

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