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Walking for Weight Loss

Many people do not lose weight when they exercise because they don't do it vigorously enough. You lose weight by exercising intensely enough to raise your body temperature and make you breathe faster. This causes you to burn extra calories for up to 18 hours after you finish exercising.

But vigorous exercise makes your muscles feel sore on the next day. If you try to exercise intensely with sore muscles, you can tear them and not be able to exercise at all. The best way to use exercise for weight loss is to alternate two sports that stress different muscle groups, so you can exercise every day without injury. For example, do fast walking or cycling on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and pull on a rowing machine on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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May 11th, 2013
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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