Some people STILL don't think of walking when they need weight loss...maybe it sounds too simple? Too good to be true?
Well, it IS true...WALKING WORKS FOR WEIGHT LOSS, and there's plenty of science to back up that great message!
In an article in Prevention magazine, Dr. Art Weltman, the director of exercise physiology at the University of Virginia says, "Fast-paced walking, when combined with healthy eating, is hugely effective for weight loss."
If you're strolling like a window-shopper versus a fitness walker, you may need to step up your pace a bit---enough to feel challenged---to see faster results. Our Walk 15 Group Fitness classes use music to keep you at the speed you need for serious fat-burning!
Studies show that women who walk at a higher intensity pace three times a week lose up to six times more abdominal fat than those who walked at a light to moderate pace five times a week! Both groups burned calories, but the faster-paced walkers blasted those bellies, too!
Walking is an easy-to-follow workout, it's easy on the joints, but still delivers a punch with increased metabolism...trust your WALK 15 workout to deliver on your wellness AND weight loss goals!
One huge study that followed more than 50,000 adults over thirteen years found that those who walked for fitness were thinner than those who just hit the gym, or only practiced high intensity workouts!
The study showed that 30 minutes a day of brisk walking linked to lower body mass index, and a bigger reduction in belly fat as compared to non-walkers.
So if you think that something as "little" as walking isn't enough...think again! Little things done consistently bring BIG results!
Meet some of our Walk 15 Instructors who are living proof of that!
KAREN ULRICH LOST 77 POUNDS!
Karen Ulrich is a Walk 15 Instructor in Stow, OH. Her sister died at age 43, and Karen says a main contributing factor was obesity. Her family was worried, and so was she. Karen started walking with our Walk at Home program and lost 77 pounds!!! With her new energy, she jumped for the chance of becoming a Walk 15 Instructor, and helping others with better health and weight loss! “It's all been an incredible blessing in my life,” Karen says.
RACHEL DeVaughn LOST 80 POUNDS!
Rachel says, "After I had my last baby 7 years ago, I was over 250 pounds and obese. I had tried boot camps and other fitness classes but they were too hard which left me frustrated, hurting, and discouraged. My mother introduced me to Walk at Home dvds, and I decided to try them out. " Rachel lost over 80 pounds with our Walking program and she says that made her want to do more! "I became a Walk15 Instructor so I could share my love of Fitness Walking with others. I don't want anyone to feel discouraged and helpless like I did several years ago. I love teaching weekly classes in my community and I absolutely love hearing about the successes of my students!"
I was reading through some health statistics recently, and I'm still shocked at the numbers.
The lack of regular physical activity in our world is actually mind-blowing!
How sad is this?!
How many do YOU know who make up those statistics?
Many health and fitness experts are calling for Community-Based fitness programs to help reverse these scary trends. Local government's are seeing the benefits as they have worked to get people in their neighborhoods moving more by supporting the creation of more outdoor biking and walking trails, and designating more indoor activity space.
The National Center for Disease Control and Prevention supports programs to decrease obesity and illness; and reports positive changes that even go beyond the important health benefits!:
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Our Walk 15 Instructors are doing their part! They're helping people in communities all around the world realize the life-changing results of exercise, and they're having FUN doing it!
FAITH IS A FITNESS BOOSTER!
Have you ever thought about it like that?
It’s true! In fact, a Baptist Minister in Virginia who turned to his faith for help with losing weight (he ended up losing 100 pounds!) calls the Bible, “a Health Book”! In interviews, the pastor said when he connected to the idea that his body is a temple, and should be treated as such, he was able to make healthy changes like “eating good stuff that God made” and "trading his recliner for activity"! He was able to lost 100 pounds, and guide others to make happier, healthier lifestyle choices!
Walk at Home creator Leslie Sansone says “I was never shy about keeping a spiritual theme in my classes.” Leslie taught her very first Aerobics Class in a Church Hall with Gospel music!!! … and she sang … (out of tune) …. and LOUD!!! That’s what happens when the SPIRIT MOVES YOU!
“It seems perfect to me that it all started in church basements,” says Leslie. “It was my calling after all; the best way for me to fulfill my Christian commitment to serve God by serving others.”
WALKing is a SMART choice that connects us to body, mind, and soul…
it’s SPIRITUAL Fitness!
WALKing helps you relieve stress and renew your spirit!
People are getting fit for life by nurturing their physical and spiritual body; in fact, the American Council on Exercise predicts that faith-based fitness programs will continue to be one of the biggest fitness trends!
The fitness world is waking up to this powerful idea, as evidenced by schools and training programs offering courses like "faith-based fitness and wellness."
We are BLESSED to have Walk 15 Instructors who’ve acted on THEIR calling and are leading faith-based Walk 15 classes all over the world!
Can we get an AMEN to that?!
We are so proud of the good things our Walk 15 Instructors
are doing in their communities!
Become a WALK 15 Instructor!
Join our Walk 15 family and start a Walk 15 Class at your church!