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some "WOG"(walk/jog) advice, please...


Saturday, August 24, 2013

hello all of you crazy people who like to walk/jog/run! emoticon

so, i am consistently walking almost every day now. emoticon (i gotta beat my fellow fitbit friends), and i have a couple of questions... emoticon

i live in a state where there are MANY different weather seasons emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ... AND i live in the country, about 10 miles from town.

so... what do you do when it rains? emoticon do you just wear a slicker (yeah, i am old, i call them slickers!) and have rain running shoes? do you have a gym to go to? do you use an at home treadmill?

what do you do in the winter? emoticon do you have winter running shoes? running shoes with those little chain thingies that you put on cars in the winter, so you don't slip? do wear a huge winter coat, snow pants and boots? or do you go to a gym? or use an at home treadmill?

i know these might seem like "duh" kind of questions, but i am REALLY strapped for money, with no immediate plans to win the lotto emoticon ( i GUESS you gotta PLAY to win! emoticon )

i refuse to believe that i will EVER become a runner. emoticon , i HATE running, i will never bow to the "dark side" emoticon . but i do enjoy wogging (walk/jog), and want to keep it up. but since i am an all or nothing kind of girl, if i "skip" too many days, i will quit all together. emoticon .

i have looked on craig's list for a used treadmill or elliptical, but i don't know if that is a good idea or not? i don't know what to even look for?

thanks for all your help, i greatly appreciate it!

happy "wogging"! emoticon



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CHEROKEE_ROSE 8/27/2013 6:06AM

    I live on the edge of town with country roads. Beautiful walks for sure up here in Wisconsin but having cars wiz by scares me. I go to a small local gym....and....I use a mini trampoline to jog on while I watch movies on our large screen TV. I picked up mine for about 20 dollars. You might try that. It's great low impact aerobic exercise. You can even jump in time to music. Use to do all sorts of kicks and twists years ago. Will take some more time to get back into that. I also just walk around in circles in my kitchen to give me a little break from the trampoline. Hey, it works for me. Look into a trampoline. I would not want to be without mine!
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GEORGIAGIRL26 8/25/2013 7:12AM

    Cute how you call it wogging. No, I don't run or jog outdoors.
I live in Southwest Georgia and we get really hot summers.
If it is too hot, too many mosquitoes, or rainy I do my Walk and Jog DVD inside.
Leslie Sansone has some good instructional videos for everyone.
Her DVDs don't cost a lot and you can do modified or expert.
(Those levels are depending on whether or not you are just starting out).
There are also other good workout DVDs on here.
Planet Fitness is a good one that costs only $10 a month.
However, if you can't do that there is the YMCA and dvds you can do at home.
I hope that I gave you a few good ideas. Have a great week my friend!
Your buddy in fitness, Holly emoticon emoticon

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LUANN7 8/24/2013 3:48PM

    I live in the country where we have all seasons and the ground is uneven and I am disabled so I walk indoors in the nursing home mymother is at and on my eliptical trainer that I just got and I love it but I cant go far on it.you can always go to your schools track in better weather and try a treadmill at home in snow.
Lu Ann

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CERTHIA 8/24/2013 1:26PM

    I wear rain-boots, water repelling coat or an umbrella for my rainy walks. I walk to work every day, come rain, shine or snow.

If you are anything like me jogging/running will soon leave you soaked in sweat anyways, so a little rain won't make a difference. I would rather spend my money on good waterproof shoes than technical outer-layers for running.

If you are worried about breaking bones during winter you can buy running-shoes with spikes screwed into the soles. Layers are key during sports in winter. Windproof on the outside, insulating underneath, wool/technical undergarment closest to skin to keep you dry.

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5BADDOGS 8/24/2013 1:07PM

    I also live where we have seasons, and weather... I have a treadmill which I love - but less because of weather issues and more because of safety issues. I do not feel safe on my own at night walking around town, so having a treadmill elongates the hours I have available for workouts, which is helpful. I would suggest keeping an eye on Craigslist for a deal, and setting aside $ when you can to help with the cost. I saved for several years to buy mine, and I bought a good one. It's lasted me 10 yrs and thousands of miles - worth every penny!

That said, walking outside is still my preferred option. I walk in all conditions except lightening storms. Special equipment is not really needed... In rain, if its warm, I enjoy getting wet. My workout clothes are made to handle perspiration, rain is no big deal. I do have a reflective mesh vest I wear in low light conditions, to help me be seen. And I'll wear a hat to keep my eyes clear of rain. I usually break out an older pair of running shoes to avoid soaking my freshest pair.

In cold weather (dry, rainy, or snowy), I have a pair of cool weather run pants that I picked up at TJMaxx for maybe $20. I can layer them over long johns when it's REALLY cold, but they are generally warm enough alone once I get moving. The material is water repellent, so they keep me dry enough unless its pouring. On top, I layer dry wick tees, fleece for warmth, and a slicker- type jacket for rain/wet. Don't overdress, or you'll sweat and then freeze! Thin gloves and a hat are better than too many layers on your torso.

When it's arctic cold, wear moisturizer and Chapstick to prevent chapping!

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MADEIT3 8/24/2013 11:49AM

    I live in a seasonal climate and in the country (think gravel roads and lots of dogs). And I do have a treadmill, which is way boring. You might look for some videos by Leslie Sansone who does a series of Walk at Home DVDs that I actually like to do. Good luck!!

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WALLINMW 8/24/2013 9:39AM

  Yeah! You can do this!

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