Walking doesn’t get enough credit for its health benefits. In fact, walking may be the world’s first workout, making it a staple for starting an exercise routine. Making the decision to trim down with our 30-Day Walk off The Pounds Challenge can become the perfect gateway into running, HIIT, Tabata, and a host of other exercise routines that will let you build the body you want.
If you’ve decided to take on our 30-Day Walk off The Pounds Challenge you’re in for a nice mix of slow and cardio walking, which will give your muscles ample rest, while still ensuring you push on. The vigorous cardio walking will get your heart pumping, body sweating, and legs burning — the end result is more calories burned and a slimmer and toner new you! With a mix of slow walking, you’ll be able to slow down and catch your breath, all while keeping your heart pumping.
Lace up, get your favorite workout playlist ready, and get ready for the the change you deserve.
Essentials for the 30-Day Walk Off the Pounds Challenge
Slow Walk (SW): A slow walk is completely different from a regular walk. Instead, think of this as a leisurely stroll with a focused goal. While walking, tighten your abs, lengthen your spine, expand your chest, and keep your chin untucked so your airway isn’t restricted. Be sure you aren’t exerting too much energy; slow walking is supposed to keep your muscles engaged while keeping your heart rate up. Your forearms should be slightly parallel to the ground as you stride.
Cardio Walk (CW): During your cardio walks, you will walk at a fast pace, while keeping your arms at chest level and swinging them from front to back–just as when running. We call this a cardio walk because of its cardiovascular and fat-burning benefits.
Cross Training: Once a week, you’ll take a break from walking to burn some body fat with an explosive workout. The best fat-burning walk plans offer a mix of strength training and core work. Strength training allows you to build muscle, and more muscle means more fat-burning. Plus, the core workouts allow you to build a stronger lower back and abs in order to reduce strain and help you walk long and tall.
Tracking your walking distance mentally is extremely challenging, but we have a simple solution. The Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband provides distance and time to help you get the most of the 30-Day Walk off The Pounds Challenge. Additionally, it gives you a calories-burned count, monitors your sleep patterns, and helps you maximize each workout.
30-Day Walk Off the Pounds Challenge
Please note: All measurements are in miles
Day 1: SW ½ mile , CW ¼ mile, SW ¼ mile
Day 2: SW ¼ mile, CW ½ mile, SW ¼ mile
Day 3: Rest
Day 4: CW ¼ mile, SW ¼ mile, CW ½ mile
Day 5: Cross Training
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: CW ¾ mile, SW ¼ mile
Fuel is essential to racking up the miles you want while training. Our 19 Meals for Your Best Run offers a variety of delicious foods and snacks to keep you energized.
Day 8: CW 1 mile
Day 9: CW 1 mile
Day 10: Rest
Day 11: CW 1 mile, SW ¼ mile, CW ¼ mile
Day 12: Cross Training
Day 13: CW 1 ½ miles, SW ½ mile
Day 14: Rest
Day 15: CW 1 ½ miles
As you progress during the Walk off The Pounds Challenge, it’s important to prepare and protect your body. Use our 7 Tips for Injury Proof Running while enjoying this challenge to keep yourself focused, motivated, and energetic.
Day 16: CW 1 ¾ miles
Day 17: Rest
Day 18: Cross Training
Day 19: Rest
Day 20: CW 2 miles
Day 21: CW 1 ¾ miles
You’ve walked the miles, and now you may be burned out and feeling groggy. Refuel and re-energize with some of our Quick and Easy Post Workout Foods.
Day 22: Cross-Training
Day 23: CW 1 ¾ miles, SW ¼ mile
Day 24: CW 2 ½ miles
Day 25: Rest
Day 26: Rest
Day 27: CW 2 ½ miles
Day 28: CW 2 miles
Get your metabolism going from the start of the day with our Daily Morning Core Workout. Just another way to help you burn off the pounds.
Day 29: CW 2 miles
Day 30: CW 3 miles
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Now that you’ve mastered the walk, it’s time to master the run with our Beginner’s Running Program. Take the steps and tips you learned, and train your body to run a 5k, a 10k, or a half-marathon.
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