In order to achieve weight loss, most of us have to exercise. We all have our excuses, like bad knees, bad backs, bad joints, arthritis, sleep deprivation, and others. But no matter what our excuses, it does not negate the facts. Some of the excuses, however, do have some relevance. For example, those with bad knees probably should not run, because running puts a strain on the knee joints. Likewise, there are certain common yoga positions certain individuals shouldn’t use due to possible strain.
But one exercise that works for just about everybody is walking. Walking, something we do every day, and something that is easy on the joints. You can start by walking just 5 to 10 minutes at a regular pace. Over time, you should increase your walks to 30-60 minutes at 50-70% of your maximum heart rate in order to achieve weight loss. And like you would with any other exercise, take at least 5 minutes at a slower pace to cool down and finish with stretches your body can handle.
The biggest thing is to know your own body. Some people can easily walk for 30 minutes, and others need to work up to it. Others have schedule complications. If you have a busy schedule, break your workout up into sections. Walk 2 or 3 times per day in shorter periods of time. Always warm up before your walk and cool down after, no matter the duration of your walk!