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So that's Power Walking

Thursday, March 14, 2013

In an answer to my question yesterday, WHat IS POWER WALKING, Thanks to MT-Moonchaser we have found this to be the answer....

Power walking or speed walking is the act of walking with a speed at the upper end of the natural range for walking gait, typically 7 to 9 km/h (4.5 to 5.5 mph). To qualify as power walking as opposed to jogging or running, at least one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times It does not say anything about heart rate that I found, so Iím assuming that has not as much to do with it.. So I do not wog, jog or run if Iím power walking... So My next question is then in the Sparks fitness resource center site they have a blog about a walking test. According to it at 17 minutes a mile, for my age Iím boarder line fair to average so I sure would like to see how those others who rate higher walk to make their steps faster with out running or jogging... What do they do?

  
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FRANNIEDID 3/14/2013 1:16PM

    I read an article about power walking and they said take shorter strides which sounds counter productive but actually it means you foot has less distance to go to start the next stride. I find that when I am walking if I can find the "sweet spot" that stride length that just feels really comfortable that I can usually go a bit faster.

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MT-MOONCHASER 3/14/2013 12:01PM

    I read the article that NHES220 referenced and it has some real good tips. I may have to try this out as soon as all the local sidewalks melt off enough. I think the interval training that it suggested would be good. Currently I've been using the Leslie Sansone walking DVD's. I hadn't thought of doing HIIIT in connection with walking...

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BLESSED2BEME 3/14/2013 11:33AM

    I bet that over time as you power walk, you get faster...just like a wogger, jogger or runner does. Glad you have an answer now. I think Power Walking would have to include the arms being engaged as NHES220 says.

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NHES220 3/14/2013 11:29AM

    I am not into Power Walking, but I did find a web site with tips: http://www.the-fitness-walking-guid
e.com/power-walking.html
It does say to engage your arms to help and not to lengthen your stride. There is also a link to some Power Walking songs that are 137 beats per minute to help you along.

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Power Walking is it Wogging

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Its finally getting nice around my neck of the country, at least a little warmer and the wind isn't gusting at 40 mph so there was no excuses that I couldn't get outside and walk this morning . The air had just enough of a bite to keep you invigorated and the morning was still and beautiful... I thought I was moving along at a brisk pace but my clock still says I come in at about 17 min. to a mile... My question is what is power walking then, for I donít' think with that kind of time I'm doing it.. Call me dumb but do I almost run or wog/jog (at least I think I know what that is) in order to call it a Power Walk or is it all about heart rate and not speed like the name applies...... emoticon

  
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MT-MOONCHASER 3/14/2013 12:09AM

    Don't think it is wogging...

Just googled it and brought up this on Wikipedia ---

http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Power_walking

Whatever you do or call it -- ENJOY!!!

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MT-MOONCHASER 3/14/2013 12:09AM

    Don't think it is wogging...

Just googled it and brought up this on Wikipedia ---

http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Power_walking

Whatever you do or call it -- ENJOY!!!

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MT-MOONCHASER 3/13/2013 11:36PM

    Don't think it is wogging...

Just googled it and brought up this on Wikipedia ---

http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Power_walking

Whatever you do or call it -- ENJOY!!!

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ANGIEN9 3/13/2013 8:54PM

    Sounds like you are doing good. Glad your weather is improving!! It is here, too.
Have a great evening!! Angie

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HYDROQUEEN 3/13/2013 5:55PM

    Sounds like you are making great time no matter what label you put on it! I've heard, on more than one occasion, to get the most out of walking, it should be a bit of a challenge to hold a conversation.....or if you walk alone, sing. So it seems it is more about how the walk challenges you personally, rather than speed. Call it whatever you want. But please my dear Tia, don't ever call yourself dumb. emoticon

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RULEBERG 3/13/2013 1:47PM

    I think the 17 min is great. Sometimes I think it is self-defeating to get too caught up in numbers. I know when I have worked out. It's funny, sometimes on my bike I breeze through at a fast clip and don't really strained, while other times my mph is much less and I feel like I could drop dead! There are a lot of factors going on...pay attention to what your body is saying--it knows if you've had a workout and isn't shy about telling!

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BLESSED2BEME 3/13/2013 11:14AM

    Good question. I've never thought it about it that way. I call my jogging a 'wog' because I walk and then jog back and forth. At a 'regular' pace that isn't winding me, I walk a mile in 20 mins. If I 'wog' then I get a mile done in 15 mins.

I don't think it really matters what we call it...as long as we are moving those feet. I'll be curious to see what others say about your question.

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DLBROWN93 3/13/2013 11:14AM

    If you are walking a mile in 17 minutes that's a good pace.

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ROSE-LITE 3/13/2013 11:14AM

  as long as you're moving girlie..... keep it up... and thanks for the smile!

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DOLLFACEDX 3/13/2013 11:13AM

    I believe it's all about heart rate - a different pace for everyone although I'm sure there is some kind of a range.

I think of 17 min mile is impressive. . .I currently walk a 22 min mile naturally but can reach an 18.1 min mile if I concentrate. . . you have set for me my next walking pace goal emoticon

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I'm still a work in Progress.....

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Yesterday was my third anniversary on Sparks. I had thought of all the great changes that have come to my life since I started Sparks and so I was eager to start writing about them. The first item I mentioned however had to be my first goal and that was to loose 94# why I just didnít say 100 tells you a lot about how my thinking was back then.. It doesnít matter why now, for it didnít happen like I had hoped and right away the negative attitude ruled its ugly head and writing a blog wasnít going to happen for how could I tell those who may read it, I was a failure. I tossed it around all night for it really nagged at me for the one thing, the biggest thing; even the best thing I have accomplished on Sparks is to look more to the positive. I just blogged about it for crying out loud for a New Years blog and yet the first flash back Iím throwing the lesson learned away. I wrote ď Iíve finally learned that being, doing and acting positive will get me more results, create more happiness and well being than any thing else I could do for myself. I no longer wait for things to happen. If I want things to change I now know it begins with me having to make the moves not just wishing but doing. Well some of it must have stuck for I got up this morning and really thought of my progress and this is what Iíve come up with. .....
1. Iíve gone from a size 26 jean to starting to fit some very cool looking 16ís
2. I no longer have a 3X in my closet ... was even able to throw out the old for I'm not keeping for just in case.
3. I have walked miles, and am building up to some running, and my exercise equipment are no longer gathering dust. I even bought new ones!
4. I have learned the words and do kettle bells, zumba, and pilates I EXERCISE NOW!!!!
5. I have introduced new and healthy foods to my home and love the adventure of trying something new.
6. I have the control to say ďA sweet is a treat not a needĒ.....
7. I read labels, check nutrients, serving size and calories regularly on products I bring into my home.
8. I have grown stronger in mind as well as body and know I am a person worthy of love and respect and I am a great wife, mother, daughter and friend
9. I now make time for me....for I am IMPORTANT!
10. And finally I AM more positive and trying to see and do things in the positive way. It still may be a work in progress as the weight loss is, but Iím moving in the right direction. And as to not completing that weight loss goal well in truth I have lost over 94 pounds for I did lose it and some more in the last three years to bad a lot of it was regain/lost regained but looking at it in a POSITIVE WAY it taught me some very valuable lessons and ones I donít plan to repeat this year!
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COURTNEYANNEMT 1/26/2013 8:56AM

  A great, positive post, Tia! I'm always encouraged by you.....thank you!

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CAMSEDGE 1/25/2013 4:57PM

    Great insights and very positive. The fact of the matter is that life is mental and the weight is just a symptom of what is going on in the soul. So happy you are seeing the important "stuff"..lol

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/23/2013 5:12AM

    awesome blog continue to be healthier and happier

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LYNNWANNABE 1/22/2013 6:38PM

    You've helped others too by reaching out to us.. I know it's made a difference to me!!! emoticon emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 1/21/2013 4:30PM

    Way to go Tia! We've both come so far over these past 3 days. Glad I've journeyed with you.

Here is to the next 3 years and even bigger and better new adventures to take on.

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ADELE66 1/21/2013 10:48AM

    Great blog - and wonderful achievements!!

Adele x

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TINA5318 1/20/2013 7:03PM

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MT-MOONCHASER 1/20/2013 6:18PM

    It looks like you have done quite well, especially with the non-scale victories!!

I think that one of the most important ones is trying out the new and healthy foods. Changing what we eat is a great victory.

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My Stance for Today

Monday, January 14, 2013

Found a poster on my motivation board from a while back and it helped lift one of those dark gloomy days of January that seemed to just drag on, so I thought I'd share and hopefully perk a few Pals up just for today.....


LETS TAKE ON TODAY, JUST TODAY AND BE ALL KINDS OF AWESOME. WE WILL WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW , TOMORROW emoticon

  
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LYNNWANNABE 1/20/2013 2:40AM

    Makes me think of the Bible saying, "why worry about tomorrow, when tomorrow will have enough worries for itself, ..for each day has enough troubles without worrying about the next day's." ..or something like that. emoticon

Thanks again for stopping by my blog, I added you as a friend, I hope that's alright.. emoticon

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HYDROQUEEN 1/14/2013 8:32PM

    Woo Hoo! Good one! emoticon

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CAMSEDGE 1/14/2013 8:03PM

    That's a good one.

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BLESSED2BEME 1/14/2013 4:32PM

    Amen!

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RULEBERG 1/14/2013 3:18PM

    Good reminder. Today is all we really have. Just wish I wasn't fighting the flu today and wishing for tomorrow!

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ANGIEN9 1/14/2013 2:27PM

    Love it!! I need that reminder often!!
Angie

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Iím a Steaming.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Even though this is not about weight control I decided to blog about it any way... If you're ever looking for a multi household tool look no further than a good fabric steamer... I wonít use names but my brand is named after the toothy fish. I have the big one that has a rod so you can hang your shirts and stuff while you steam and as far as a job it doesnít press them, but you will find no wrinkles either. It not only takes the wrinkles out but it refreshes a lot of clothes that would have to be taken to the cleaners so I get a few more wear days before they have to be cleaned. Besides taking care of my clothes however you should see it on my fabric blinds, a little steam wipe and wal-la good and clean, even the bug spit that always bothers me comes right off. Counter tops and tile floors come cleaner and sanitized like new. Living on a farm you never know what was on your shoes... I Used it to help remove old wallpaper and I couldnít have done without it or in near the time. It was several layers of paper to take off so it really helped to get the job done with a lot less scraping, just steam and peel. My latest use is for new puppy oops, which we all know if you donít get up the spots, they are marked for another time and the steam not only removes the potty ring but the smell. Now if I can only figure out how it can melt off my fat. Then I can really claim itís some machine. emoticon

  
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ANGIEN9 1/10/2013 11:28PM

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BLESSED2BEME 1/9/2013 3:17PM

    Funny about the fat melting!

You are right though, using hot steam to clean floors is just as good, if not better than bleaching them. We used a floor steamer in the cat room where I volunteered and it was much better on the cats' lungs.



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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 1/9/2013 1:59PM

    Sounds like a great machine even without the fat removal.

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NWLIFESRC 1/9/2013 1:42PM

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HYDROQUEEN 1/9/2013 1:42PM

    Love my steamer! It's wonderful for drapes too! Congratulations on the new puppy! They are just so cute.

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STUFFNEARTABOR 1/9/2013 1:37PM

    Too funny!!!

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