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Walk to burn
by Tracey Mallett

We all underestimate the power of walking, and if youapostrophere anything like us in California, we seem to do anything but walk, even if the destination is less than a mile away.

Yes, itapostrophes pretty sad that we leave everything to the last minute and then are forced to get in the car to drive the kids to school when it could be walked in less than 10 minutes. Can you imagine overall how many calories you would burn by aiming to walk up to 10,000 steps a day?

According to an analysis of nine studies appearing in the Annals of Family Medicine, people who participated in a pedometer-walking program expect to lose even more weight than non-pedometer walking program even without changing their diet.

Those who wore a pedometer increased their daily distance by one mile walking on average of two miles a day at a pace of 3 miles an hour. This resulted to 0.11 pound per week by being active for an extra 20-40 minutes a day. Not bad for just taking some precious steps, is it?

Pedometers are really inexpensive and an essential tool in weight loss, especially if you donapostrophet have time to exercise. Use your daily activities for valuable calorie burn and reap the rewards of easy weight loss.

First, wear you pedometer for a day and measure what your regular activity is, then try to increase this by 10 percent and gradually increase over the next few weeks. Your goal is 10,000 steps and above.

Tips to add more walking to your day

1. Walk around your block a few times before or after dinner to relax and prepare your body for wind down time with family.

2. Take weekend walks with your kids or partner. Go and visit the great outdoors. Hiking is an incredible workout.

3. Walk your kids to school or take your dog for an extra walk. Iapostrophem sure heapostrophell be thankful for it.

4. Park your car further away from your destination. Yes, I know you have heard this a million times, yet you still donapostrophet do it!

About the author: Tracey Mallett ( is an internationally-recognized certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. She is the author of “Sexy in 6: Sculpt Your Body with the 6 Minute Quick Blast Workout.apostrophe Tracey is the creator and star of the "3-In-1 Pregnancy System," for pre- and post-natal mothers. Her newest videos are "Renew Youapostrophe and "Super Body BootCamp.apostrophe A proud mother of two, Tracey, now lives in Los Angeles.