Build muscle walking?

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I just wanted to know if it's possible to gain muscle by just walking as exercise? Cause that's my main exercise and sometimes I weigh myself and the number may not change but I feel and look like I've lost weight. I've heard that gaining muscle can cause that affect but I feel by just walking as my exercise, I'm not really gaining muscle. Any input please.

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  • MelanieCN77
    MelanieCN77 Posts: 4,047 Member
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    You'll certainly get stronger the more physical activity you do, and it's good that you're noticing your body. There's probably not a meaningful amount of muscle gain from just walking though unless you're doing it uphill for hours on end, then your calves are gonna be spectacular ;)
  • TavistockToad
    TavistockToad Posts: 35,719 Member
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    I just wanted to know if it's possible to gain muscle by just walking as exercise? Cause that's my main exercise and sometimes I weigh myself and the number may not change but I feel and look like I've lost weight. I've heard that gaining muscle can cause that affect but I feel by just walking as my exercise, I'm not really gaining muscle. Any input please.

    Nope, weight loss isn't linear, but it's not muscle
  • californiagirl2012
    californiagirl2012 Posts: 2,625 Member
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    I just wanted to know if it's possible to gain muscle by just walking as exercise? Cause that's my main exercise and sometimes I weigh myself and the number may not change but I feel and look like I've lost weight. I've heard that gaining muscle can cause that affect but I feel by just walking as my exercise, I'm not really gaining muscle. Any input please.

    You won't really build much muscle walking. You will only burn a little calories, not much, the work horse of fat loss is the calorie deficit and not really exercise. The trick for fat loss is to have a few days under your bodies maintenance needs to lose fat. If done consistently this is like paying off a debt. It happens slowly over time, just like paying off a mortgage debt. It is the consistent payments that pay it off. What matters is the calories at the end of the day in the 24 hour period, extend that out 7 days, 30, 60, and 90 days for results. It is always good to eat up to maintenance at least one day a week to help keep hormones stable.

    Like already said, fat loss happens in a sort of random pattern over time. The body weight scale is only accurate as a trend over time as your body is 2/3 water and it constantly fluctuates. To prove this point to yourself, weigh yourself in the morning, then drink 20 or so ounces of water and step on the scale. You did not gain fat in a few minutes after drinking that water.

    If you want to build a little muscle tone lift some weights. Not only will it make you look beautiful and young, but it will improve your quality of life. If you want the fountain of youth for the rest of your life, lift weights as a lifestyle at least 3 days a week, only one hour, that's 3 hours a week. But also keep the body fat at a healthy level with the food intake like a budget.

  • trixieberry17
    trixieberry17 Posts: 79 Member
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    Thank you all for your input, very informative. And yes I do go by my calorie deficit, which have made a great deal of change in my weight loss.
  • Machka9
    Machka9 Posts: 24,957 Member
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    I just wanted to know if it's possible to gain muscle by just walking as exercise? Cause that's my main exercise and sometimes I weigh myself and the number may not change but I feel and look like I've lost weight. I've heard that gaining muscle can cause that affect but I feel by just walking as my exercise, I'm not really gaining muscle. Any input please.

    You won't gain a lot of muscle by walking.

    Now if you walked up lots of stairs or up hills or briskly across sandy beaches or through snow ... you might start to see some definition in your calves ...