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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)

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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.

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  • STORMY724
    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. - by STORMY724
  • emoticon Thanks for the tip...
    emoticon - by DOROTHYLEE61
  • 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).
    gail - by MARITIMER3
  • 13MARTA
    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=) - by 13MARTA

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