The average hour long gym session burns anywhere from 200-400 calories per session. Exercise accounts for about 5-10% of total daily caloric expenditure.
Walking 10,000 steps per day burns anywhere from 500-700 calories per day. This would be considered NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis) and accounts for around 15% of total daily calorie expenditure.
Both of the above figures are not 100% accurate however they give us a starting frame of reference. They are both dependent on your overall body size. The larger you are, the more calories you will burn.
The point here is that most people think the only way to lose weight is to workout. That’s far from the truth.
Walking is free, you can do it anywhere, and it’s pretty much accessible to anyone at any age. It’s one of the first things I suggest to my prospective clients who dislike traditional exercise.
Walking 10,000 steps per day is more than adequate for the average person to turn their body into a calorie burning furnace. Couple this with some resistance training (if applicable) to help build muscle mass and bone density and you’ll start to see some amazing things happen by years end. Just stay consistent!