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I want to lose weight. How long should I walk for weekly for this?

I want to lose weight. How long should I walk for weekly for this?

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Thanks for your question. Any increase in activity can help to lose weight and walking can be very beneficial to your overall health as well as aid weight loss. However without knowing your weight daily calorie intake and how much you want to lose it isn’t possible to know the amount of walking required. Current guidelines suggest thirty minutes of walking daily is the minimum to help improve and maintain health.

We are enclosing a link which you may find useful to the NHS weight loss resources site here you will find plenty of guidance, quizzes and calculators to help you plan your weight loss journey and it also includes the 10 000 steps a day challenge. You can access the site here:

Losing weight - NHS Factsheet

We do hope you will find the site informative and helpful and wish you the best of luck for your weight loss journey.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses