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    TIMOTHYNOHE   112,068
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W is for Walking

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I just completed another half marathon today. That's number 5 for 2012.

People ask me, what should I do to become a runner. I think I would like to run a marathon too. I give them my best advice. "To become a runner ...

"... don't."

That's how I did it. When I started, I had no desire to be a runner. Me? A RUNNER? Are you nuts? I walked. A little at first, but more and lore and Is tarted to sprinkle in runs and ... well, it just happened.

And believe it or not, walking is better for you. No, you don't burn Calories at the same rate being a walker. In fact, running burns Calories about two and a half times faster. But running also puts you at risk for injury. Your joints take a real pounding when you hit the road or the treadmill. You risk a fall when you run. Walking is way gentler on you than running.

Is walking too boring for you? Here's a newsflash: I find marathon running incredibly boring. About mile 16 I just wish it was over already. Here's my analogy: I love baseball. But by the third inning of the second game of a doubleheader, I am sooo ready to go home.

And you don't have to walk. Here is a list of 21 low impact workouts for you. greatist.com/fitness/21-
unexpected-low-impact-work
outs-041812/


1. Walking www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/sparkwalking.asp

2. Rowing machine www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=663

3. Kayaking www.smart-start-kayaking
.com/

4. Strength training www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=1033

5. Swimming www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=74

6. Water aerobics www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=1500

7. Yoga www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/wellness_articles.asp
?id=386

8. Elliptical www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=662

9. Stairmaster www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=661

10. Cycling www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=150

11. Step aerobics www.fitsugar.com/Benefit
s-Step-Aerobics-13446244

12. Tai Chi www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/wellness_articles.asp
?id=475

13. Hiking www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=829

14. Cross country skiing (I really want to try this) www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=351&page=4

15. Rock climbing www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=351&page=4

16. Pilates www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=996

17. Golf golf.about.com/
18. TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise) www.trxtraining.com/
19. Snowshoeing www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=351&page=3

20. Ballroom dancing www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=850&page=2

21. Rollerblading (just don't fall on your head.) www.sparkpeople.c
om/resource/fitness_articl
es.asp?id=1032
 


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