If you have been exercising regularly in those shoes for about 3 years, they are way too old! I suggest changing your shoes every 6 months. I'm a runner and change mine every 4, but that's because I put in a lot of mileage. Shoes wear out from the inside first, so even if the soles look okay, they probably aren't giving you any support. If you walk and do aerobics, cross-trainers might be your best bet. If you just walk, I would get walking shoes. Go to a specialty store that has trained professionals who can tell you what kind of shoes would work best for you based on your foot, gait, etc. Most of the kids working in the mall shoe stores have no idea what they are doing. You might pay a little more at the specialty store, but if you go there once and find a good shoe, you know what to buy next time if you want to find somewhere cheaper.
Let me know if you have more questions. I'm glad you are feeling better about things. We're here to help however we can!
I've been working out regularly for a few years now. And i started having this problem about 8 months ago, steadily getting worse. So maybe it is my shoes. I wear new balance walking shoes, but they are about 3 years old and getting worn out in the heel area.
I have wondered about getting cross trainers for walking and aerobics instead of just walking shoes. Is this a better idea than just the ones i have now? This would be great if it's just the shoes. Thank you both so much for your replies. I feel a little more hopeful now. And i will definitely check the 100 lbs to lose board.
SparkGuy has given you some great suggestions. In your case, it is probably best to start with smaller goals instead of jumping in and doing 40 minutes outside or 3-4 miles inside right away. I would suggest starting with 10-15 minutes, and building from there. Walking can be a lot of impact on your joints, so exercises like the bike, elliptical, and swimming are also good alternatives to take some pressure off.
What kind of shoes are you walking in? Are they specifically designed for walking? Have you gotten new ones in awhile? Having good shoes can also make a HUGE difference.
Let me know if that helps. I just responded to one of your other posts, so I know you are having a hard time right now. If you need anything, just let me know.
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I will make sure that one of our coaches sees this post this morning to see if they have a way to help you out.
If it's the weight causing this pain and not other physical problems that I'm not qualified to diagnose, we might have a strategy for you that has worked for others.
That strategy is to start off with a very small amount of exercise - say only 5-10 minutes. Then do this consistently as many days as you can - some people create a streak. This would slowly build up your endurance hopefully in a way that doesn't cause as much pain.
There are some women on our 100+ pounds to lose support group who are doing this and having good success.
I am stuck in a dilemma. I love to walk, but after outside walking, say an hour later after a 40 minute walk, every bone in my body hurts like crazy. I stand up and my feet ache quite badly all the way up my legs, back, arms, neck,etc. I literally cannot walk and have to sit back down. Which also hurts sitting down. I know it's not my muscles..it's like extreme joint pain where everything connects. I have 100 pounds to lose and i figure it's because i AM carrying around all that extra weight which leads to the extreme pain later. Then when this happens, i find i can't exercise for a few days, so i basically end up getting nowhere.
This also happens after doing my 'Walk away the pounds' tapes by Leslie Sansone..the 3 mile walk and 4 mile walk. These tapes are done in my home.
I also do not take anything for the pain as i do not want to become re-addicted to pain killers like i had been a few years ago.
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