I've been dog-sitting for my daughter while she's on vacation. Maggie is a walker hound.
Shes pulls me on the leash, she stops, sniffs, & points, and then we are off again hot on a trail.
Seeing a rabbit she almost pulled me down the hill in pursuit of it. Needless to say it works out my arms not to mention my legs & my poor knees!
I had no way of knowing how far or fast we were going. So I finally got a Timex pedometer which tells me how far, how many steps, how long it took, and the calories burned and it is an indiglo which will light up at night too
(If you don't have a pedometer and want to buy one, get a good one. Every time I got an el-cheapo one for a couple of bucks at Target, the spring that works on the clip would spring & it would fall apart on me. Try as I might, I couldn't get it put back together again. So after the 3rd one I said the heck with it a bought a really good one: Timex. I bought it at a shoe store where they sell running shoes and clothing. I paid $31.99 for it. But I know that this one is not going to fall apart and will probably last for quite some time, so if you are serious about walking or running it would pay to have one and to help inspire you to keep goind. I know it did for me.)
Well, prior to getting the pedometer, Maggie and I would walk, (if you could call it that, LOL!), this particular path up and then back again. So when I put the pedometer on this morning and walked that same path, we did 1.0 mile in 20.30 minutes, and burned 56 calories. But imagine doing this several times a day. Even though it was a stop and go type of thing, it is a workout. But I find that when I vary the routes that we take, that breaks up the routine too, and I love that. So I know that I am burning calories and getting in shape at the same time too.
One day when it was really hot outside last week, hubby & I went to the mall where it was almost void of people, and walked two laps around the entire mall. I figured it was about 2,000 steps. (I kept counting every 2 steps with my right foot, hence the need for a pedometer.)
For those that are interested in walking, sometimes the malls will open up real early before the stores in it do, just so that people can go and do their walking before it gets hot outside. So that is an optional too for stay at home moms who might want to put baby in a carriage and stroll where it is cool on those dog days of summer.
But I also walk on the treadmill at home when I am not at the "Y" doing yoga which I did this morning for an hour; or some strength training at home or at the "Y".
I do short bursts of walking as suggested by Dr. Oz in YOU: On A Diet book. Then some strength training to build muscle. Muscle will burn more calories than fat will.
But all in all, I keep moving.
I am trusting to be able to do a women's 5k, (3 miles), walk/run race on August 9th. Never did a race before but I am going to try. I will walk this race. Don't want to bust my knees out at 189 pounds. So wish me the best!
- 7/29/2008 2:38:44 PM