Q. Glen, I am currently 230 pounds and have decided to lose some weight. Is it better for me to walk or run for exercise?
A. If you haven't been exercising regularly until now, I would walk first. Pick a circular route where you can easily increase the mileage and try to walk one to two miles per day. A pedometer is a good way to track your mileage, or your steps. Your ultimate goal may be to walk 10,000 steps per day, which is roughly four miles.
As you lose weight you will probably find it easier to start jogging. To ease yourself into it, start by picking an interval (say, between stop signs) and alternate jogging and walking. Continue in this manner for the entire exercise session. Another way to introduce jogging to your routine is to walk one minute and then jog two minutes or vice versa. In the end, after you develop some cardiovascular fitness, you can jog the entire session.
An exercise session should last between 30 and 60 minutes. Eventually, you should add resistance-exercise training to your regimen. Try using weights at the gym two days a week, and then jog at least three days per week. Resistance-exercise training is best learned from a trainer at a gym. Good luck — exercise can help you burn off about 2,500 calories a week!
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