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Walkers: Exercise Indoors In Inclement Weather


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If you are a walker, but it is too cold, icey, pouring rain, or even too hot to walk outside,10-15 minutes walking up and down stairs is about equal to a 30 minute walk on level ground. Always walk down the stairs at a normal pace, one step at a time. (Most stair accidents happen on the way down.) But vary your up-the-stairs walk by taking one step or two at a time, walk up sideways, right side first, then left side, or even run up the stairs. But... (click title for more info)

even going up stairs can be dangerous, so hold onto the railings. If you have bad knees or stairs are too strenous for you, walk-in-place (without the stairs.) Vary your walk by raising knees high, kicking back your heels, stepping sideways, skipping, jogging, lunging, etc.
- Submitted by STORMY724 6/11/2011 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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STORMY724 6/12/2011 12:11:00 AM

    Gail --- (saw this in Prevention Mag) Yes, it is difficult. I walk to my basement & back up, then I walk/jog in place for 2 min, then down & up the stairs again. I have arthritis in 1 knee which rarely bothers me when I climb 1 flight, but going up & down numerous times in a row is painful. But if I alternate 1 flight w/ walking in place, I have little or no pain. It just takes longer to get a good workout. You can't do much but stay in A/C when it is 116 degrees, but unless it is very icey (dangerous) here, I walk in most weather, with a rain poncho or heavy coat when necessary or early am or late at night when it is hot.
DOROTHYLEE61 6/11/2011 2:36:00 PM

    emoticon Thanks for the tip...
MARITIMER3 6/11/2011 11:58:00 AM

    Thanks for the suggestion about the stairs. I have a treadmill which I use during the winter, but sometimes it gets pretty boring. I will definitely try using the stairs (although I'm not sure I can do 10-15 minutes, at least at the beginning).
13MARTA 6/11/2011 11:54:00 AM

    Thank you por sharing this. This is why I love SP. Didn't feel like using the stairs as I have been doing. Can't go outside due to 116 degrees. Too hot to think. Reading this secret motivated me to go and use my indoor steps. Thanks! Here I go to put on my working clothes=)

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