Sure, walking is not exactly the sexiest exercise out there—we’re lookin’ at you, barre class. But when it comes to beginning and sticking with a weight loss plan, walking might be your best bet. Not only can walking help you maintain your weight, but it’s been shown to reduce your risk of hypertension, diabetes, lower cholesterol and heart-related diseases. Sounds great, right? And if you’re new to exercise and are unsure of where to begin, start here. Fitness coach Nadia Murdock of Nadia Murdock Fit breaks down the basics of this essential workout.