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2/3/10 1:34 P

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Welcome to the Wacky World of Walkers. I started doing a mile in 20 minutes and worked my way down to 15 minutes - then I went to two miles at 17 minute pace and worked down to 14 minutes/mile - you know where this is going - from two to three starting at 15 minute pace and moving to below 14 - then to four miles and work on better times at that level. I found that getting to a distance at a comfortable pace and then working on improving my times was very effective.
15 months in I power walked a half marathon - walking will do amazing things.

Do well - and burn those calories.

"You're a bottom-line man. All right here's the bottom-line" Norman Thayer - On Golden Pond


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RELLIMTENAJ's Photo RELLIMTENAJ Posts: 3,270
1/26/10 10:17 P

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WG is right. However, you might want to keep track of your heart rate. When you get it into the aerobic range of 65% to 85% of max your are buring more fat calories then you will in the other thresholds.

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I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
- Helen Keller

Don't look at life as "you have to," view it as "you get to." It puts the fun back in things.


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WALKINGGRANDMA's Photo WALKINGGRANDMA Posts: 18,179
1/26/10 6:38 P

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Most of the time you burn 100 calories per mile. Running, walking, etc, it is the same. You burn more calories a minute running, but burn the same calories per mile. Even walking slowly will burn about the same amount, just take longer.

Don't worry about the tiny difference. I think the formulas they use are a little weird.

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MISSVALERIE's Photo MISSVALERIE Posts: 3,253
1/26/10 12:47 P

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Because I am new to the walking arena I have a question that may seem silly, but here goes anyway.

I walk around our little city lake. It is 1 mile and I walk it twice in 37 - 40 minutes. The calories burned on the fitness page says 92 calories each lap for 19 min/mile, but when I look at 30 min/mile is shows 100. Not that 8 calories are a biggie, but I was curious on this is calculated. Any input would be welcomed.



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"Infinite patience produces immediate results" Dr. Wayne Dyer

Love is saying "I feel differently," instead of "You're wrong.”


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