Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery

How Much Should I Walk According to my BMI Calculator?

Dr. Jason F. Moy
Dr. Brian T. Chin
Daniel Roman
How Much Should I Walk According to my BMI Calculator?

Walking is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of taking daily walks are seemingly endless. It’s proven that walking every day can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. Not to mention exposure to fresh air and sunlight can reduce symptoms of depression or anxiety, and improve your quality of life significantly. Walking brings joy!

Although walking comes highly recommended by doctors across the globe, it’s important to know how much you should walk based on your BMI (Body Mass Index). Understanding the basics of BMI, learning about the BMI Calculator, and planning your daily walks based on your BMI will aid you greatly in your health journey. With so many opportunities to count your steps or mileage, it’s never been easier to get your daily steps in!

BMI: A Tool for Measuring Body Fat Percentage

Before we delve into the recommended daily walking targets according to your BMI, let's clarify what BMI is. BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a mathematical calculation used to estimate body fat percentage. To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared, and then multiply by 703.

Our BMI Chart can provide insight into where you fall on the BMI scale. However, it's crucial to remember that individual health conditions should also be considered when interpreting your BMI.

Determining Your Ideal Walking Routine

Generally, the higher your BMI, the more you may benefit from walking and other physical activities. Walking can help you burn calories, improve your heart health, lower your blood sugar, ease joint pain, boost your immune system, and enhance your mood. However, walking is not the only factor that affects your weight and health. You also need to consider your diet, sleep, stress, and other lifestyle habits.

To get the most out of walking, you should aim to walk at a moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes per week, or 30 minutes per day for five days a week. This is the minimum amount recommended by the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. You can also increase the duration, frequency, or intensity of your walking to achieve greater benefits. For example, you can walk for 45 minutes per day, six days a week, or walk at a brisk pace or uphill.

To track your walking progress, you can use a pedometer, a smartphone app, or a fitness tracker. These devices can help you measure how many steps you take, how far you walk, how long you walk, and how many calories you burn. You can also set goals and challenges for yourself to stay motivated and have fun.

However, before you start any new exercise program, you should consult with your doctor to make sure it is safe and suitable for you. You should also start slowly and gradually increase your walking time and intensity as you get more fit and comfortable. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, drink plenty of water, warm up before walking, and cool down after walking.

Where to Begin?

At BASS Bariatric Surgery Center, we encourage you to take the first step by putting on your walking shoes. Walking is an excellent initial approach for those seeking weight loss, lifestyle changes, or improved health. If you're committed to combating obesity and its associated health concerns, consider requesting a bariatric consultation or calling us at (923) 281-3711. We firmly believe that everyone deserves a healthy, liberated, and high-quality life. Connect with one of our experts today, and let us guide you toward your weight loss goals. With BASS Bariatric, weight loss becomes an attainable reality.

About The Author

Daniel Roman, Content Writer

Daniel Roman is a Digital Content Writer at BASS Medical Group. He received his Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley in 2021. Daniel has published multiple newspaper articles covering public health issues. His latest was a magazine cover story on pandemics and diseases that he co-wrote with Dr. Elena Conis, a historian of medicine, public health, and the environment.

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