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MIA-MORSEL
Posts: 791
8/23/13 4:38 A



Thank you , Jen. It is wonderful to have your advice.

I can see straight away that I shouldn't have gone walking in flimsy sandals; old ones at that. I'll get out the new trainers and clean up my old faithful bike which I stopped using some 4 or 5 years ago when I imagined I was far too heavy to cycle.

Thank you for the link to warming and cooling. I can now look forward to getting out walking and cycling again, knowing that I'm properly prepared.

thx again,
Mia



SPARK_COACH_JEN
Posts: 55,539
8/22/13 7:01 P

Here's some info about warming up and cooling down:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1036

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1037


As far as walking goes, make sure you've got good shoes that fit properly and aren't worn out. Bad shoes can give you all kinds of aches and pains. I'd start out with maybe 3 walks a week, and see how you feel after that. You can count all of the steps under one total for the day and don't have to separate out the exercise steps.

Your exercise should be challenging, but be careful not to push yourself too much. You might also consider another low-impact activity like swimming or biking if you find walking bothers your knees.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen



MIA-MORSEL
Posts: 791
8/22/13 5:52 P



Hi Sparkers, emoticon

I'm Mia, I'm a senior, I'm on Day4 and worried about walking too far too soon since I've always been a couch potato. I walked, well, marched really, 2500 steps on Day 2 and my old knees ached a bit afterwards and next day. It doesn't help that I have around 70 pounds to lose, a great burden on my joints.

I know I need to ease in gradually to walking but how many steps should I begin with and should I rest on days when my knees are a little achy? Are these steps in addition to my normal walking or should I count everything under one total?

Can you please give me a link to warming up before a walk and relaxing my muscles afterwards.

It would be great to have your advice on all these points.Thank you so much

best wishes,

Mia





 
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