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1/11/12 12:14 P

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This has been a great winter for walking in Iowa. We haven't had snow and the temperatures have been wonderful. I have Under Armour clothes that have helped keep me warm. I have been walking outdoors as often as possible and then if the weather isn't cooperating I have my treadmill.

Joann

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12/27/11 10:35 A

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Congratulations on your weight loss, hope you didn't suffer an injury when you fell down!
Walking in winter does present problems. I guess I am lucky because I live in a remote area with little traffic to splash me. There are gore-tex shoes and rain pants that shed water that could be helpful. I am still committed to walking outside everyday, but maybe I live in an area where it is easier to do.
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12/27/11 5:13 A

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Over here in Northern France, winter equals rain. I try to walk on most days, but sometimes it's just too wet outside.

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12/23/11 11:34 A

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OK, I got up nice and early to go for my morning walk (which I generally enjoy) and should have known that walking in New England while there is super slushy snow falling is never fun. I got splashed by cars, slipped and fell on my behind (which shrunk almost a pound and a half this past week by the way), got my fee very wet and at the end discovered my pedometer was not working. *sigh* As soon as I'm skinny enough to wear bikinis all the time, I'm moving to Tahiti.
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12/6/11 9:24 P

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thanks for the tips. I wear chili's long johns with a pair of moving comfort chill chaser pants and when it is really freezy and windy, I add a pair of wind pants on top. I find wool socks keep my feet pretty warm, when it is snowy, I wear my hiking boots. So far, so good. Today was a 5 mile walk to see the lake which is so much warmer than the air, that the steam was rising in big clouds. Beautiful at sunset. emoticon

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12/6/11 9:03 P

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I have been taking a walk everyday for over a year. I try to make it more than a mini walk. I can usually get in 2-3 miles. My answer to the winter and yucky wind is good jackets. I bought a coat with a zip out inner fleece and a hood. It is wind and water resistant and the hood still fits even when I have a scarf wrapped around my face and a hat. I haven't figured out my lower half, but so far it hasn't been necessary.

My route is fairly simple. My street makes .5 mile with one lap. So I just keep going around and in the snow, I end up walking in my own footsteps. emoticon

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12/6/11 7:14 P

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It doesn't snow every day, so you can walk on the clear days. On snowy days, you can choose to walk indoors using a walking video (Leslie Sansone or others) or use a treadmill. I know several people who use the local gym, paying a monthly fee for the cold and dark months. Usually by mid February, it is warm enough to walk a short time and it is light enough to be safe.

I do have slip on cleats (Yak Traxs) but find they don't help in all conditions, just like studded snow tires. Using walking poles can also help you be steadier on your feet.

I got a good pair of long underwear and socks for the bottom. That is usually enough layering for me as I don't walk in miserably cold weather. I then put some layers on top including a hat, ear muffs, and scarf to cover my mouth and face as needed. A good pair of gloves or mittens top off the outfit. I may look silly, but I stay warm.

My usual walking shoes are my choice for most of my walking. I haven't found boots to be all that helpful and I can't walk as far in them. I do have some lace up boots that are also warm, but they are also a little heavy.

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12/6/11 11:35 A

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Good for you for getting out there! I walk all year round outdoors and I love it. I don't go out if there is ice though b/c I can't afford to fall (back issues). It's especially beautiful where I live and the nice thing is that most people don't go out in the cold so I have the places to myself!

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12/6/11 10:08 A

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Thank you. I hope that you are able to get back to skiing or maybe you can find a warm place to walk. I live in a cold climate and love it, but the re are a lot of people around me who can't enjoy the cold.
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12/6/11 9:54 A

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Good for you. I can't walk in the snow and cold. It's just to hard. I'm hoping that when we get some snow I might be able to try some cross country skiing. I haven't done it in over 15 years but had fun when I did. Maybe this year I can see about trying it again. I have to find a place that rents equipment since the place that I used to go to is no longer there.

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12/6/11 9:46 A

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I know that the official season hasn't started yet, but I have been walking on ice and in snow for 2 weeks.
I made a pledge to walk everyday and without that I know I would have been on the couch.I formed a walking group on my road so I get to catch up with them plus walk at the same time. We do between 6 and 7 miles without realizing how far we have gone. I haven't lost a lot of weight in 8 weeks, but I have lost some inches and gained energy. I am very motivated to walk everyday and figure out how many layers I need to add and if I need to add yak trax on my shoes.
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