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8/18/13 12:11 A

Walking is my preferred exercise
It is so good to go outside however if weather does not permit have my treadmill
Walking the neighborhood is good way to get to know others saying hello to everyone with a smile is a great conversation starter
Walking on the treadmill can be peaceful and enjoy my quiet time
One day at a time
Prayers Peace Love

PROPMAN1 Posts: 4,486
8/13/13 1:49 P

1. it's free
2. can be done year round
3. can be done just about anywhere
4. it's fun
5. you can do alone or with others
6. can be done anytime
7. it's readily available (all you need is you)
8. feels great!!!

am sure there are more but these came to mind first.

SHARON5913 SparkPoints: (5,799)
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8/13/13 1:13 P

Because it feels good!!!!!!!!!! Walking is my favorite exercise, tied with swimming.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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8/9/13 8:36 P

Because you have to actually go out and DO it and many people are too lazy to actually put their exercise plan into action?

Walking is fine for general cardiovascular health, but unless you are just starting out or are completely sedentary, it's probably not intense enough to help much with weight loss.

KPA1B2 Posts: 780
8/9/13 7:51 P

For me, I enjoy walking when I can do it alone & listen to a good audiobook on my ipod. Otherwise. . .

8/9/13 5:38 P

I agree with you, walking is about the most injury free exercise there is. I'm down right now with a pulled muscle in my lower back/hip area because during a body pump class I didn't do the squat properly with the weights on my shoulder. Fought it for two months and now I'm not able to do anything but walking, bike and some elliptical because of it until it is healed. So back to basics.

COFFEEQUEEEN SparkPoints: (17,057)
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8/9/13 5:33 P

I literally walked off all the weight I lost. I walked every day & still go for a stroll every evening after dinner. When I started jogging, because I needed more challenge, I actually gained weight! O.o Yeah, some muscle. But I also find myself over-eating because running makes me extra hungry! So does weight lifting! And bootcamp workouts! And walking alone kept me injury free for over a year. In my opinion, walking is the perfect cardio for beginners, re-beginners, strugglers (and that covers most of us), & anyone looking for a low impact stress reliever.

Walk on, people! emoticon

BETHANY1979 Posts: 68
8/9/13 9:35 A

I love walking. I'm a fairly fit person but walking is so much more than just exercise for weight loss for me. I get outside - either walking by the lake, hiking trails, or the beach, get some great people watching and it's also great stress relief. I listen to pod casts while I walk so I also learn something at the same time. Also, for the budget conscious (like me), it's free. I walk about 5 miles 3-4 times a week.

8/9/13 9:27 A

You both care for each other don't you, well thats one each, then we care and thanks for sharing with us. God cares very much you know, that is if you ask Him to share your burdens he will even carry them for you. Stay strong and stay blessed

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8/8/13 5:58 P

Thank you. I see the constant answer is walk (just DO something). I have joined a gym and it has a great track and all the stuff to work out. So I have to get with it. Thanks again.

8/8/13 5:38 P

I lost 50 pounds by walking and of course changing my eating habits. I bought a Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds Express 1 & 2 miles. I started noticing a weight loss within two weeks, kept adding to my collection and the weight came off! Then life happened, I got a little complacent. I joined a gym a year ago right before an ankle injury from jogging and I'm now back in the gym full time. I recently started back with my DVD's as well because the 15 pounds I gained back just won't come off. After 1 week I'm back down 1 pound so yes! Walking is key, especially some aerobic walking if you are able to do it but any walking is good. I do love my gym workouts and classes too!

PIANOMIMI SparkPoints: (28)
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8/8/13 2:46 P

Your post on Spark is motivating to me. I am new here and am learning from reading the posts. I just joined a gym and am starting kinda slow. My husband just had a knee replacement and his knee was made worse by his weight. He has now lost from 330 to 293. He went thru 8 weeks of IVs in a facility due to a staph infection from the hospital. I don't want to suffer thru all that. Anyway, we have intensified our prayers and praying while walking is a great idea. Thanks everyone! emoticon

1CINDERS SparkPoints: (8,583)
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8/8/13 2:34 P

You should go walking for weight loss because it is cheap, it is easy, you get out in the fresh air and you can adjust the intensity to fast or slow depending on your mood. I lose 25 pounds walking.... Plus it helped me learn to jog and run races....

CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
8/8/13 2:07 P

I don't enjoy walking as exercise. I prefer dancing aerobics and kickboxing, but I make walking a part of my daily life. I walk to just about every place in close proximity. At work, I move as much as possible and take the longest route to other people's classrooms or offices.

JERICHO1991 SparkPoints: (289,499)
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8/8/13 1:23 P

If you enjoy walking, and can increase your heart rate to a good level for a cardio workout, do it. I love to walk, especially outdoors on a beautiful day.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
8/8/13 9:59 A

really, you should only go with walking for weight loss if you actually like walking. In high school I used to go for 5 mile or so walks with my dog because it meant I didn't get asked to do additional chores or to go weed the garden or something. I ate horribly, and maintained a size 8. When I moved away and still ate horribly, but didn't walk every day, I gained weight like crazy.

The thing is, you need to walk at a pace that actually increases your heartrate - something a lot of walkers will avoid if they can.

But, since the weight loss is going to mostly come from changing your diet - you really can't out-exercise a crappy diet, you might as well actually enjoy what you do for exercise. It took me awhile to figure out what I enjoy and it's the challenge that comes with running. But I had to walk before I ran.

And there are so many other options out there - cycling, swimming, hiking, team sports, group classes, strength training, etc. Find something you love doing and it'll make it easier to actually WANT to do it every day.

WALLINMW SparkPoints: (300,356)
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8/8/13 9:56 A

Great blog. Stay on track!

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
8/8/13 7:33 A

Walking is good and I do it on breaks and lunch at work but I do it as an extra to help keep me focused and clear my head at work. To really get cardio though I take cycling classes. That's where I really get my workout. It's fun and I feel much easier on my joints.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,153
8/8/13 6:37 A

Most of the cardio I've done has been walking. It's low impact and it's free. Doesn't require anything beyond a good pair of shoes. You could take an ipod or radio or something if you find it boring, but personally I like the quiet time. I have a few workout dvd's that I use when the weather's really bad.

I live in a hilly neighborhood. Not too long ago I decided I needed to up the intensity and since running/ jogging is not an option (for me), I added a backpack and have increased the weight in it, over time-- I'm up to 20 pounds. I do the same amount of time and distance-- just made it harder.

There are cardio options that will burn more calories in the same amount of time as I spend walking-- but I'm not going to join a gym or purchase any equipment. You can't out-exercise a bad diet; imo while exercise is important for our fitness and health, the most important thing for weight loss is what/ how much you eat.

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8/8/13 1:28 A

because walking for weight loss increase your metabolism and you start to lose weight much faster

CHERYLERBE1 Posts: 200
8/7/13 10:59 A

I love walking it gives me away time. My husband and I walk together no phones no outside junk want to hear somethink it is on of the two voices. We are both handicapped so running is out. Yesterday we made 3 miles for the fist time. You guys are the only ones to tell no one else cares. I am losing weight but slowly only 1-2 lbs weekly. I do water aerboics 2-3 times a week also.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
8/7/13 10:55 A

I think part of the problem is the concept of "ideal weight" in the first place. I mean, what's "ideal" anyway? Do you have to be buff & cut? Is it required to be able to run a marathon, or is it OK if you're just doing 30 minutes of cardio three times a week? What if you're naturally skinny, and when you're at your doctor-prescribed "ideal" weight, you feel sick all the time? What if you have a life-threatening condition, and the treatment causes weight gain?

I believe that the reality is that most people do the best they can under their own circumstances. It's really hard for someone else to judge. Some people are lucky, and their best causes heads to turn and people to admire them. Other people do their best and all they get is a "Bless your heart, at least you're trying". I try to keep my judgement on my own journey and have compassion for others who are on their journeys. And I love walking, so I do it all the time!

LOUIE-LILY Posts: 4,362
8/7/13 10:54 A

I do interval walking/jogging, mostly fast walking. I've had plantar fascitis and have to be cautious with my kness as well. Walking is a wonderful prayer time for me. It also just clears my head and I enjoy taking in the beautiful wild life I see as I walk.

AMANDANCES Posts: 2,045
8/7/13 10:10 A

I recently switched from walking to running/walking because I wanted an exercise that would strengthen my heart, and I love both running and walking. The thing about walking, especially long walks or trail walks, is that if you don't listen to music, you are really alone with your thoughts. It's a great time to decompress and just enjoy the quiet (or the sounds of nature, the road, whatever) without being force-fed music or noise from the office.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,401
8/7/13 10:03 A

The concept is easy.

But breaking long term habits is hard. And those old unhealthy habits can creep back in whenever we are stressed, forgetful, out with friends/family, etc.

It is easy to burn more calories than you eat for a single day. But sticking with it 5-7 days a week for weeks or months on end is hard. But if you don't at least try, your chances of success are zero.

Walking burns around 100 calories per mile, it is moderate in impact and intensity, and requires no special equipment, memberships or training. As Zorbs says, it is a VERY accessible form of exercise. But there are also other exercise options out there, if you prefer.


Edited by: MOTIVATED@LAST at: 8/7/2013 (10:06)
CNIELSON5 SparkPoints: (739)
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8/7/13 8:35 A

I love walking and have lost 26 pounds and two pant sizes since starting at the beginning of June ( I started my weight loss before joining Sparkpeople ) But I am now finding that I need to do some upper body exercises and have added a light weight workout after my walk emoticon

Edited by: CNIELSON5 at: 8/7/2013 (08:36)
50YEARSAWIFE Posts: 6,227
8/7/13 8:23 A

Walking is the best exercise for me. It is not hard on joints like jogging is.

LAURIEANDBLUE2K SparkPoints: (49,951)
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8/7/13 8:03 A

I love walking. I walk super fast and I live in a very hilly area. I've walked over 140 miles since I started on Spark July 2. It clears my mind and makes me happy. I walk between 4 and 6 miles every single day.

I like jogging too and I agree that jogging gets my heart rate up faster but I have plantar fasciitis and jogging is rough on me. I also swim laps and work out with kettle bells. I think walking is fine if you supplement it with other things.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (42,671)
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8/7/13 7:24 A

I definitely couldn't walk enough to make it worth my while; like ZORBS, I need something more to get my heart rate up consistently.

Any way you choose to work out, you need to make a calorie deficit. A lot of people try to eat the same way but only cut out one thing (i.e. no more drinking pop). Whatever you do, eating has to be changed. You can't out-exercise a bad diet.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (179,536)
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8/7/13 6:43 A

You don't have to walk. I personally find walking extremely boring and I can't walk fast enough to get my heart rate up.

But for many beginners, walking IS a challenging workout and is the most easily accessible, since everyone knows how to do it already.

However, weight loss is achieved through proper diet, and the abundance of calorie rich, addicting, nutrient lacking processed food is likely more of a reason why so many people are overweight.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 8/7/2013 (06:44)
FORDMART SparkPoints: (6)
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8/7/13 5:49 A

the concept of burning more calories than you consume for losing weight have been around for a while and literally people are paying attention to its details. so what is the reason that many of us still cant achieve their ideal weight.any word huh?

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