Jan. 6, 2012 at 7:13 AM ET
Daily exercise helps you burn calories and shed pounds faster.
It also keeps you in the right mindset to stick with your plan, since you won’t want to undo your hard work by eating the wrong foods. Walking is a total feel-good. It's my preferred form of aerobic exercise because it’s low-impact (easy on your joints), doesn’t require any special equipment (just a comfortable pair of sneakers), and can be done almost anywhere.
If you can’t commit to 30 straight minutes of walking, break it up into three ten-minute spurts and space them throughout the day. You’ll still get the same health and calorie-burning perks. If you prefer, you can swap out the walking for 30 minutes of any cardio activity, such as biking, jogging, using an exercise machine, or completing a half-hour fitness DVD.
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