Is there anything else you’d like to tell people about indoor walking?
I guess the critical point I would stress is that walking (especially indoor walking) is 100% flexible! Even hotels invariably have DVD players these days, so when you go on vacation it is easy to take your favorite workout with you!
The kind of walking I did (Leslie Sansone’s “Walk Away the Pounds” DVDs) is, in my opinion, perfect for people who may be very overweight, new to exercise and/or have limited space or resources for equipment. There are no excuses about bad weather. Even when it’s too rainy, snowy, windy, or hot outside, you can walk inside. For moms with small kids, it's great because you can fit in a walk while the kids are napping. Or if the kids are old enough, they might enjoy walking with you.
When I started, I really was not anxious for anyone to see me. I was embarrassed about how I looked when exercising. Working out at home gave me the privacy I need to experiment freely and try to push myself as far as I could without being embarrassed! I would get up at 4:30 a.m., drag myself out of bed, change into workout clothes, and just walk into my guest room and do my thing. Then I could shower and get ready for work. I didn't have to waste any time "getting somewhere" to work out either.
I have MS, and I need to be careful about not getting too hot. I also have days when my balance is not as good, and sometimes I trip (even over the air!). But walking in my own house allows me to control a lot of environmental factors. If I do not feel well I can stop at any time, without having to drive home, because I am home!
Lastly, getting involved in a SparkTeam is a super way to reinforce your walking routine!