Monday, March 05, 2012
I love to walk, especially outdoors.
I crave being outdoors in nature like I crave food and breathing.
Because I have fibromyalgia, walking is one of the few Doctor Approved Exercises I can do (along with swimming and gentle yoga).
Last summer and fall, I started my new lifestyle by walking our 1/4mi. hilly gravel lane. That 1/2 mile was quite a workout at first, but gradually got easier. Then winter came and the cold made my muscles cramp, so I had take my exercise inside.
I got the Leslie Sansone Walk at home 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk dvd, which has five 1 mile Mile Markers options to choose how far you want to walk. The options were nice so I could do a different 1 mile walk with different faces and chatter each day I walked. It took a few weeks to be able to do a complete 1 mile with her at her pace, but I did get there! After 2 months, I was able to do the "2 Minute Boost" with her at the end of the 1 mile (but no kicks or leg lifts, knees aren't ready yet). That felt GREAT!
Last week, the 1 mile with the boost, just wasn't feeling like it was enough anymore and my weight had starting increasing, so today, I did 2 miles with her at her pace (with only 1 boost, couldn't do the 2nd one yet). I'll see how that feels over the next 48 hours and will do only 1 mile with her on Wednesday, to prevent a fibro flare-up.
Slowly I am building strength and endurance!!
So, here's my plan....
2 miles with 1 boost on Mondays. 1 mile with 1 boost on Weds and Sats for several weeks.
When my body feels ready, I will do the 2mile with 1 boost on Mons and Sats, with a 1 mile on Weds.
After a few weeks, if I don't have any flare-ups, I'll add the 2nd boosts for a few weeks.
By then, I should be able to walk outside...my ultimate goal is to walk around a nearby lake and home again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes
I may not make it this spring or summer, but my goal is to do it by fall!
It feels so good to see progress in the fitness area!!
24 hour update: I still feel great! no flare-up!! whoohoooo! Strength Training and yoga today!