I have been a total couch potato - my work and social life are all sedentary. I will commit to starting the beginners walk today. I am having surgery in three weeks but I figure - take each day as it comes and anything that will make me stronger today is great,. Will let you know how I do - thanks for the support.
I've been walking for cardio since I don't have any gym equipment and at this point don't want to pay a gym membership fee. I was building up my endurance and working to increase my speed when I started having heel problems. I learned that I am walking incorrectly because of some orthopedic foot problems I have had since a baby, so now I feel like I am back at square one and starting all over training a set of muscles I haven't used all my life. I have a podiatrist appointment next month and hope he can give me some tools and fit me for some good sturdy shoes that will help me reach my goal. A bit discouraged, because the rest of me says go, go, go, but I just can't speed walk yet and walk properly. I'll get there. Thanks for this article.
I love to walking I have one good leg.Do it will we can
4/23/2009 2:07:45 PM
I love walking(: so far I'm doing 30 minutes and looking forward to reaching a goal of one hour a day. I also do one mile on the threadmill each day. Greate program. I also would like to know more about the recumbent bike for I also have problems with my knees...hopefully I can find one.
Just getting back into walking for fitness after having my son. I used to walk 10K every few days until I was 8 months pregnant. I'm finding it hard to keep up the intensity level with my son constantly wanting me to stop and look at things, but I'm going to keep trying!
A recumbent bike is a bike that has a back rest and the pedals are in front of you so you extend your legs in front of you rather than down. I had knee surgery last year and the physical therapist highly recommended walking and biking to strengthen leg muscles, especially quads, the large muscle group on the front of your thighs. Biking, walking and leg-strengthening exercises are important to help the knees function better, plus I learned that building up quads helps to take compression of the knee joints. That should help make walking easier down the road, as muscles get stronger.
I do a mix of walking (outside and on treadmill) and biking. After reading the article, I want to focus my attention on walking intensity.
3/20/2009 12:14:08 PM
I used to walk for an hour each day, but in the last few years, I haven't walked at all. I'm going to start today at this beginner level.....am looking forward to it. I still remember how good I felt when I walked every day, and need to get that feeling back!
2/22/2009 2:28:00 PM
hi, my name is Evelyn I am 66 years old i have been walking for about 4 years . There is a church that has a family center that is open to the public Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. the top of the center has comerical carpet on the floor . it makes walking enjoyable . there is christian music on cd's that is played every day. in the summer I walk on the high school track
I started walking by takeing our freiand shoping at casco ,and sams they are big so we walk around 2or3 times . Im 59 and she is 75 . we go 2 or 3 times a mon. and we are going to walk around the Naborhod 2 times a week.
1/14/2009 5:03:09 PM
I have had problems with my knees but someone suggested I use the recumbent bike at the Y which I did and it helped a lot.
Ever hear of Lesley Sansone Walk away the pounds indoor Dvd workouts ? I like this program because you can do it at home with not much room. She has a one-mile, two mile and three mile workouts. Im sure you will start with one mile first it is only half hour workout but really works you out. She does squats, leg raises and walk forward and back some of her other Dvd's she adds walk & jog which is a great workout. once you increase you endurance you may want to try it. Look for " walk away the pounds Dvd's by Leslie Sansone.
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