Is walking a good way to lose weight?

This question was one of the top weight loss questions on Dr. Oz’s Sharecare site. Here is my answer:

Walking can be a great way to lose weight if that is something you enjoy doing.  If you are busy you can pick up the pace and go for a brisk walk and still get a good workout. There is even some evidence that several shorter bouts of exercise may be better for reducing body weight and fat than one long workout.

The general rule of thumb: The more vigorous the activity, the less time you need to do it to get optimum results. And the more leisurely your activity, the longer your exercise session should be.

The added plus is any exercise that conditions the heart while building muscle causes your body to work harder — even when it’s at rest.


0:00 – 2:59 : Moderate pace to warm up

3:00 – 3:59: Brisk walk

4:00 –  4:29: Jog

4:30 – 5:29: Brisk walk

5:30 – 5:59: Jumping jacks in place

6:00 – 6:59: Brisk walk

7:00 – 7:29: Jumping jacks in place

7:30 – 8:29: Brisk walk

8:30 –  8:59: Jog