I live on 78 acres so i have a Great place to walk and Enjoy! Depending how i feel i have different routes some easier, some more strenuous and harder! I try to get in the Hills as much as possible! Every thing here is on an incline so its great and who needs a Gym when you have hills! Once in a while my energetic Cat Mr. BOB runs a long and will go a mile back to the woods! he goes up the trees and loves the hills! He looks down and if to say Hurry up Come on!!! I only wish i had all his energy id be.. slim! BONNIE
Over a year ago, I rescued a Great Pyranese from the dog pound. He is a wonderful companion, but not so good about a walking companion. He will walk to the stop sign and back, 1/2 mile, but if I try to go past the stop sign he will pull back or sit down!!! He refuses to go any further. Then he limps on his front paw for about a week. He is not a fast paced dog, but a dog that likes to see the country side.
I also like to look a birds and count how many different ones I see on my walks. If it is a long walk I like to think, pray or ponder certain subjects on my walks.
I have been walking on the treadmill every day during much lunch hour, and i use 3 lb weights and do some arm exercises, like bicep curls and arm circles and such and it keeps my heart rate up higher and gives my arms a workout too.
2/12/2010 6:46:28 PM
I love taking long walks wearing my baby girl on a carrier. She is 7 kg and it adds on the intensity level of walking. We both love being outdoors and what a great way for me to lose the extra pregnancy pounds!!!
I like to go on jogs, but when I walk I like to use the weight vest, it is 20 pounds and it adds a lot of challenge and makes the workout a lot more difficult. I don't recommend jogging in the vest, it is too hard on the joints for me. I also like to wear the little 3 pound wrist weights and pump my arms, move them in circles with my arms out and up , and lift them straight up in front to target the shoulders. This is fun, and it is also a very good workout.
12/27/2009 10:21:08 AM
Thanks for all the great ideas. I like the thought of changing my stride length, as well as skipping. LOL. Why not?
My favorite way of adding interest to my walking program is to do it in different parks, trails, beaches, even zoos and museums--something I can't do often since most of them charge and I am poor, but it does add nice scenery. The starting, stopping, delays when trapped behind slow-moving tourists decreases the cardio benefit, but nevertheless a trip to a museum burns a lot of calories. I did shell-out a $60 membership fee to a local statuary garden that gives me unlimited use for the year and a wide variety of trails.
Once in a while if the gym isn't crowded I walk backwards on the treadmill. Usually just for a short bit at the end. But it really feels different (I guess different muscles are used), almost like stretching, which I do anyway at the end.
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