I walked Backwards today!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Okay, so not totally really backwards, but I walked in the opposite direction of the way I was walking previously...

Okay that didn't make it any more clear. Let's try this: I usually walk around my building counter clockwise, go up a long, but not so steep hill, and around the back parking lot and then back down a long but not so steep hill, and then down a pretty steep very short hill and back around to the front of the building. I do that twice - and it's about 1.65 miles. As of yesterday, I could do that in 30 minutes Go me!! (it's fast, my legs are short LOL)

So, today, July 1 I walked clockwise, up the short steep hill, up the long, not so steep hill, and around the back parking lots which, apparently, were hilly in this direction as well. I only did it once, and then I just walked around the whole building in the same direction - It was hard work, but I figure it's about between 1 and 1.25 miles. It took me 20 minutes, but I was so winded that I decided the short lap for the 2nd lap was a better idea than trying to go further than that.

So, why, you ask, is this a big deal? It's because of plateaus. I'm not on a plateau, and on the plan I'm at, I don't think I CAN plateau - the system just doesn't allow for it. BUT, I hear so many people giving the advice "change your exercise routine." "Change Something!" to all those people who do plateau, that I decided when I started exercising that I will change my routine every month. It's not a bad idea, and I'm offering it up as a piece of advice to anyone who might read this. Change something - every month, change up your routine. It will ward off plateaus, and it will make this relatively new for you. I did it by walking backwards. How will you do it?

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  • JOANG13
    TFR, I do the same thing at work myself - we have our usual loop which is a 15min/mile and we usually go clockwise down the hill then back up. Every now and then we change it and go counterclockwise, down the hill then back up as the hill is different in the back & front of the building (that and shade is better in the afternoon). Oh, you really should try to walk backwards - but keep it on an even surface - it's hard and works the muscles differently (short distances though!).
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