Can You Walk Off Extra Weight?
Between walking to the very far corner of the field to catch your horse and all of those horse show course walks, riders spend a lot of time on their feet. So how much is all of that walking doing for you, calorie-wise?
The number of calories that you burn walking depends on weight, but according to Livestrong.com, “The average person who weighs 150 lbs. burns 100 calories in 15 minutes, which means walking only 1 mile at a pace of 4 miles per hour — the average pace for adults between the ages of 30 and 69. If you are 70 or older, 18 minutes is a reasonable target time for walking a mile.”
But aside from the calories burned, walking has other health benefits that should be considered.
- Low impact – easy on the joints and spine.
- Improves glycemic control and triglyceride levels, especially after meals.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Alleviates stress and stimulates the brain – going for a walk if you’re mentally stuck at work can be a great way to get your productive brain going!
- Prevents muscle loss (sitting for long periods of time can make your glutes very weak, for example) and helps blood flow to your muscles and organs.