How I lost 15kg

By admin
27 November 2015

While exercise fads come and go, good old-fashioned walking has stood the test of time.

While exercise fads come and go, good old-fashioned walking has stood the test of time. 

“Walking is fast becoming a popular activity for health and fitness globally,” says Kathleen McQuaide, marketing and media manager at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Cape Town. “It’s a low-impact, all round body conditioner with a low risk of injury.” Pamela Woest can certainly vouch for that. The 35-year-old  mom from Springs started her walking for weight-loss journey after “yet another Christmas lunch” in 2012.

‘Just start walking – even if it’s only 100 metres’

She developed extreme pain in her hips and attributed it to her increasing weight gain. She started walking just 5 km at a time and slowly worked her way up to completing the 30 km 702 Walk the Talk in 2013. “When I finished the walk, I really felt a sense of accomplishment,” Pamela says. “It was awesome crossing the finish line.”

“Walking is the way to go – you can walk no matter how old you are, just start walking, even if it’s only a 100 metres!” she says.

Thanks to walking and healthy eating, Pamela has shed 15 kg since taking those first steps three years ago. She now walks at least once a week, both for exercise and to get outdoors as she loves the fresh air.

Find out more about how Pam and three other readers shed unwanted kgs just by walking, PLUS get our easy-to-follow six weeks to 6km walking plan in the latest issue of YOU Best Diets. Get it in stores now or here at our online store.

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