Walking for Health in Scottsdale
Scottsdale area residents who are participating in a medical weight loss program already have a great head start on dropping pounds quickly. To really jump-start their weight loss, many people choose to add walking to their exercise routines or even to use walking as their primary mode of exercise.
Fortunately, the Scottsdale area is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the western United States. Majestic mountain vistas sit side by side with miles of desert and blooming cactus. Combine the beautiful scenery with the near-perfect year-round climate, and you have the ideal walking conditions for people who are trying to meet their weight loss goals painlessly and quickly. Try out the popular walking trails discussed below, and you may soon find that meeting your exercise goals can be one of your favorite parts of the day.
Camelback Mountain trails
The Camelback Mountain trails between Phoenix and Scottsdale are very popular with walkers and hikers because you can choose your degree of difficulty and your pace. The two trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla, both have something to offer in addition to the stunning mountain vistas. Echo Canyon is a fairly steep climb that might be best suited for walkers looking for a more challenging hike while Cholla is a more sedate walking path. However, Cholla is fairly long, so any walker needs to be up for a bit of a challenge with either Camelback trail.
Fort McDowell Scenic Trail
The Fort McDowell Scenic Trail is an excellent option for walkers of any fitness level. There is a plethora of gorgeous scenery, including desert wildflowers and excellent views of various parts of the Verde River. This trail has only minimal elevation changes in its 5.8 miles, so it’s a good way to really enjoy nature and get some exercise without extreme exertion.
Scottsdale Community College
If you find that the weather is simply too hot to bear — and during those 115-degree-plus days, that’s no surprise — you might enjoy the indoor track at Scottsdale Community College. This spacious air-conditioned track is a great way to be social, get fit, and stay on your exercise plan even when the weather isn’t cooperating.
A medical weight loss program can combine with a healthy exercise plan to make rapid weight loss far easier than you would have originally thought it would be. Talk to our medical weight loss doctors about how we can help you create a walking weight loss plan today!
Exercise vs. Incidental Activity
When you are active, your body uses more calories, and this helps you maintain a healthy weight. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. This is why regular activity is a fundamental component of any successful weight loss program.
There are two primary forms of physical activity, and both can help you control your weight. They are:
- Incidental activity
- Planned exercise
What is Low-Impact Activity?
Low-impact activities are exercises that require minimal force between the body and another object, such as the ground. This form of activity is generally regarded as a good starting place for those interested in becoming more physically active.
During a low-impact activity, the amount of stress placed on the joints, bones and muscles is much less than experienced with other forms of exercise. This helps to protect joints like the knees, hips and ankles from injury.
Benefits of Exercise
Adding an exercise routine to your medical weight loss program can encourage long-term weight management. Exercise encourages weight loss by burning calories, toning muscle and improving metabolic health.
Getting Started with Exercise
During your medical weight loss program, Dr. Primack, Dr. Ziltzer and Dr. Rodarte will provide you with the education and support to begin an exercise routine. Exercising is a key factor to optimizing and maintaining weight loss during your program, so it is important to get started and stick with it. Regular physical activity can not only help with your weight but also reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance, coordination, sleep habits and even your self-esteem. However, if you’re accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle, it may be difficult to determine just how to get started with physical activity.
Benefits of Exercising Outdoors
In the early morning before the heat of the Arizona sun takes hold, there is no better time to take the fitness aspect of your weight loss program outdoors. The gym is great when it’s too chilly outside to work out but when the sun is shining and the air is fresh exercising outdoors can revitalize your body and mind:
Swimming while Trimming
A swimming pool might not be your first thought when you think about weight loss — but perhaps it should be, especially during the hot days in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Swimming is a one-of-a-kind workout. Not only is it a low-impact form of cardiovascular exercise, but it tones and firms muscles in a non-jarring way. It ignites metabolism, burns calories, trims inches and builds strength and stamina — all without stress on your joints. For instance, one hour of swimming laps burns more than 500 calories in a 200-pound person, according to the Mayo Clinic. Besides all of those beneficial factors, it’s a fun activity.