After several false starts to lose weight over the years, Rick (LOGHOUSE) tipped the scale at 289 pounds. A weight loss challenge (and exercise buddy) at work motivated him to walk every single day for more than a year. He's now 40 pounds lighter and three pants sizes smaller thanks to daily walks. Find out how walking helped Rick lose weight, gain energy and overcome chronic back pain.|
How did walking help you reach your goals?
Just walking through the grocery store or from my car to my desk at work hurt my back. I had to do something about my weight and discomfort, so headed up a "weight loss challenge" at work, which runs quarterly and has two-person teams. I teamed up with a guy who immediately got me walking every day at lunch (something we've done every day since for more than a year). I've since added treadmill and outdoor walking at home and have done some occasional light jogging and even tried out some interval training.
What other exercises do you do besides walking?
I recently restarted my once "moderately" successful weight training program. I'm going in a different direction this time, using the TNT program from Men's Health. I've opted for this as an easy way to change things up and keep things interesting. I also started doing the 100 Pushups Challenge a while back, which helped me progress from only 13 pushups to 44 during my last exhaustion test. My last workout had 160 pushups in 5 sets (not bad, eh?).
How do you keep your walks fun and interesting?
I change my routes frequently. Our lunch time walks at work keep evolving and roam all over the industrial park I work in. Using MapMyRun.com, we've mapped out about 10 routes that range from 1.6 to 2 miles in length. Two-mile walks are a challenge in our half-hour lunch time, but we can do it if we really hustle. During bad weather or in the winter, I walk inside our factory (seven laps is just over 2 miles). At home, I walk all over. Since I live in a rural area, all the walk routes I take here are more than three miles. My MP3 player helps LOADS, too. It's loaded with live recordings of my favorite acoustic music to keep me motivated while I walk.