Walking is an excellent exercise for fat burning. While any exercise can burn calories, brisk walking for 45 minutes mobilizes the body to dip into fat reserves and burn stored fat. Walkers can also achieve the exercise intensity that uses more fat as fuel. The fat-burning zone is at 60-70% of your maximum heart rate. In this zone of exercise intensity, 85% of your calories burned are fats, 5% are proteins and 10% are carbohydrates a reported by the web page of About.com.
This zone is achieved with a brisk walking pace. In this zone, you will be breathing heavier, feeling increased exertion, and probably sweating, but you are still be able to carry on a conversation. A minimum time of 45 minutes in the fat-burning zone is recommended to get the body to burn stored fat. Walking longer will burn more stored fat.
Start with a 10 minute warm-up walk at an easier pace. This burns off the stored blood sugar and glycogen energy in the muscles.
Pick up the pace to the fat-burning zone of a heart rate of 60-70% of your maximum.
Continue to walk in the fat burning zone for 30-50 minutes or more.
End with five to 10 minutes at an easier pace for a cool-down. The fat-burning walk is at the intensity recommended for exercise five or more days per week to reduce health risks. It can be done daily, or alternated with more intense workout days. Those who want to lose body fat should do a fat-burning workout most days of the week.
Shawna and I have walked for the last 3 day snow and feeling very strong! Try it, you may like it!