Your Questions About Better Weight Loss Walking Jogging

by Maricela on April 21, 2013

Thomas asks…

Why are my thighs getting bigger from my workout?

I’ve been exercising for a little over a month now. I’m seeing results, a little weight loss in my tummy, legs, and breasts(unfortunately). But my thighs feel bigger, I know doing squats makes the muscles larger, but I don’t do them everyday….I mostly walk(fast pace), jog, and run a bit. Is that causing the bulk effect? Is it better for me to walk instead of jogging or running?

Maricela answers:

If you can feel the burn in your legs in whatever exercise you are doing you are gaining and toning muscle. Try some different cardio. I have this same problem if i walk more my butt and thighs get bigger which feels counter productive. Good luck!

Mark asks…

What are some good exercises to do to lose inches specifically in my bust and waist?

I was power walking/jogging every day and then I pulled a muscle in my ankle and I can’t walk. My dress fitting for my wedding is coming up and I can’t get the dress to zip up. I was doing good with the dieting and jogging but now I’m dead in the water.

Any exercises I can do while sitting down?

Anything you can think of to help slim down my bust and waist?

Maricela answers:

Sorry to hear about your injury with your wedding coming up. Sadly you can’t take weight off your busts alone. The ankle injury shouldn’t stop you completely ‘dead in the water’ as you put it because, unless you have a cast on your foot you answered your own question. Do some swimming and water exercises. Swimming should be gentle to your ankle and will tone the whole body and trim you down all over but, because it uses a lot of pecs and back muscles you’ll tone these muscles more and there’ll be a general weight loss too. Doing some bench presses and upper body weights will also be a big help. If you go down the weights path then do high repetitions with low weights for burning fat. Low repetitions with heavy weights is for bulking up muscle.
I think you’ll look just great and vibrant on your big day. Lots of luck.

Ken asks…

Is brisk walking as good as jogging for weight loss? I have knee pains after i jog because it is on sidewalks?

If you walk briskly for 40 to 60 minutes how many calories do you burn?

Maricela answers:

Brisk walking does not burn as many calories as jogging. But it is a good alternative if you simply like it better, or cannot find away around the knee pain.

Some people are plagued with knee problems and have hardly a way around it..but there are a few things you can do.

Yes, sidewalks are actually the worst on your joints (knees especially!) Many people cannot run on sidewalks(I only can for awhile!). If you can find a quiet street made of asphalt that would be better, or a park trail with asphalt. Even better would be to find a park with dirt trails, or grass, or even sand. Take it easy. Maybe you are doing too much. Bring down the mileage a little bit and see if the combination of those two help. Also, hydration can play a part in joint problems, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and less of coffees, and sugary drinks(like soda).

My GUESS on the calorie burn, based on my experience using a heart rate monitor, is that 40-60 minutes of brisk walking would burn around 250-350 calories. 40-60 minutes of running would be more like 400-600 calories. It really depends on your age, size, gender, etc, though.

Hope that helps!

Carol asks…

Is this a good workout regimen to start out with?

Hi, I just started working out this week. I started on Monday. I have done the same workout the past two days and will probably do it again today. I’m very thin so my goal isn’t weight loss, but just to gain some muscle and to tone up a bit. I always start by stretching. This is what I’ve been doing:

walking/jogging or trampoline – 20 mins
Various arm exercises with weights – 15 mins
50 situps
25 pushups
60 second wall sit
5 min calf lifts
50 jumping jacks

I realize that some of that is in a very low amount but I’m just starting and I’m going from little activity to this. I’m planning to add more to it once I’m able. My question is do you think this is good to begin with? I was planning on doing it five days a week. Is that ideal? I’m very sore so I guess it’s working. Would you add anything to this to help work out some other muscles that I haven’t covered?

Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks!! 🙂

Maricela answers:

To answer your question, you’re definitely on the right track and you’re off to a great start. I would add squats and bent over rows using your weights. I don’t know if they’re dumbbells or resistance bands, however these can be done with both. You’ve got arms, chest, some legs and cardio. The only thing missing would be your back and maybe a little more legs. Squats (they’re compound movements so they work more than 1 muscle group) will help you more with your legs and the bent over rows will aid your back. Since you’re trying to tone up with some muscle, get an adequate amount of protein to support them.

The last thing I would recommend is to give your body some time to rest. If you are constantly tearing the muscles, they won’t have the chance to grow and get toned. I would try to do a 2-day on and 1 day off type of schedule. For example (since you started Monday):

Monday- Exercise
Tues – Exercise
Wed.- Rest
Thursday Exercise
Fri- Exercise
Sat.- Rest
Sun.-Rest

Sometimes more is not always better. With this schedule, you’re giving your body a full 2 days to recover and grow. Additionally, progressively add resistance. Remember to eat clean, train hard, rest hard and stay motivated.

Daniel asks…

What is a good work out routine for weight loss?

Ive been doing the same routine 4 times a week but my friend says its bad to do the same routine so can someone give me a good a good work out for weight loss?

Maricela answers:

Many people love to walk for exercise. This is a good choice for people who have the time. But in order to lose weight by walking, you would need to walk at least 30 minutes every day, and preferrably more. Some just don’t have the time for this.

If you like to jog or run, this is a good cardio workout and calorie burner. Warm up before you start, and jog or run for 15-20 minutes. This is a very effective weight loss workout routine. Carry a 2 or 3 lb dumbell in each hand, and the caloric burn increases even more!

Pilates provides a great workout for those who prefer a calmer, less strenuous activity. The slow, methodic moves of pilates really burns fat, while sculpting a dancer’s body. Pilates stretches the muscles and creates a long, lean look. Do an assortment of moves for 15-20 minutes 4 times per week, and you will see a big change.

Weights is the BIG winner when it comes to burning calories and kicking metabolism into high gear. This is the perfect weight loss workout routine. You won’t look like a body builder if you use 8 to 10 lb weights for your workout. Using weights for only 10 minutes per day, 3-4 days per week can make an unbelievable difference.

Exercising is not enough. The quickest way to lose weight is proper diet, good weight loss pills and exercising. Due to the growing number of people who are suffering from weight problems, a lot of natural weight loss supplements are being developed to help you lose weight. For a good weight loss pill, I would recommend Acai Resolution http://acai-resolution.com/

So the perfect solution would be to combine a little of all the methods. Try to work out at least 3 times per week for 20 minutes. Have a good diet and weight loss pill. Just get started, and soon you will find yourself addicted to your weight loss workout routine!

Hope this helps.

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