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These feet are made for walking!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

So I think I'm neglecting one of the tried and true methods of staying very healthy, slim, and fit.....walking.....lots of walking.

I actually love to walk, and in the past have racked up considerable miles walking all across this planet. When I lived in Manhattan, I used to walk from Greenwich Village... my apartment on the Upper West Side a couple of days a week.

When I lived in Frankfurt, GE, instead of driving or taking the train, I'd take hour long walks through forested trails out where I lived by the airport to downtown to go hang out.

When I went to school in Boston, I'd walk 9-10 miles down the Minuteman Bikeway, a Rails-to-Trails project, taking me by Redcoat re-enactors on Lexington Green.... wierdos at the Alewife subway station at the end of the trail

There's something about city-life that makes it real conducive to walking. I certainly enjoy it and remember that it has always done me good.

These days, however, my workouts are shorter albeit more intense....I feel cheated if I don't get my heart rate up over 85-90% of max. (my max is 186.....I have found out through exhaustingly hard runs)

But this weekend, I tried a little experiment....I walked to the gym, worked out, and walked back! I did this twice....and my heart rate was a comfortable 110-120....smack in the 60-65% range

I did a leisurely 2 mile walk in about 30 minutes (I did sweat like a is still very hot & muggy here in the Florida panhandle), then hit the elliptical for 20 minutes of some fairly high HIIT, did me plank intervals....then walked the leisurely 2 miles back home.

It was a blast!

I've also seen (through all the data that my nifty Bodymedia Fit Core Armband tells me), that at work I sit around.....way to much. Yeah, I go in and out of my office, down the halls to the finance guys or my technical guys, but those distances aren't measured in miles.

So I'm going to see what I can do to up these numbers and add just a little more walking around to my daily know, the "other" kind of exercise.....the kind that doesn't strain, the kind that keeps us active, and the kind that has a cumulative effect by just keeping us moving.

Have a great night Spark friends!
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    emoticon Nicely done.
    2106 days ago
    YAY for walking!!! I don't live in the city and unfortunately need my car during the week. Good for you for walking to the gym! Great idea!
    And I would love to read your ideas on how to move more during your work hours... I sit on my chair most of the day! :(
    2110 days ago
    I've also been consciously trying to do more walking. I try to walk 45-60 mins per day in addition to whatever my workout is that day. I walk to and from the gym, like you do. I also walk to grocery shop now!
    2111 days ago
    I love walking too!
    2115 days ago
    Yep. I *really* like walking. And it's *really* good for the glutes : )

    2115 days ago
    I used to live in Philadelphia and I walked or biked EVERYWHERE! Now I live in Los Angeles and I miss all the walking I used to do. It's really hard to find the time to get the 10,000 + steps per day when you don't do much outside of your workouts. Way to get it done!
    2116 days ago
    Walk the walk! Yes... I love to walk too - good Idea to add it back to your life.
    2117 days ago
    Cheers to walking more! I'm all about walking and meditating lately.

    And thanks for the encouraging note on my DH's page!!

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    2117 days ago
    Wow, did this ever hit home and at just the right time. Having been absent from the gym now for several months and having not walked in what seems like ages, I have been trying to get myself 'jump-started', mentally and physically, so to speak, back into the groove of exercise. And the only thing that I could think of that would be easy and ever so helpful was WALKING. It is the one exercise (although I don't think of it in that term) that I truly LOVE. So, today I start walking again. Yep ... gonna do it .... Gonna love it .... and gonna go forward from there. Thanks!
    Oh, and BRAVO to you for seeing what needed added into your own routine and implementing it into your schedule.
    Great job!
    2117 days ago
  • BILL60
    I've tried and tried, but walking is not for me. Guess it's just too slow. I'll stick to the cycling. But you hang in there and log those walking miles.
    2117 days ago
    Welcome to the Wonderful World of Walking. Not owning a car and refusing to pay the outrageous cab fares and even mass transit fares, this is my primary means of getting from Point A to Point B. Supermarket, movies, shopping, work....all a la pied! It's great! And you can get your heart rate up a bit higher by putting a little more pep in your step. And you do see so many interesting things along the way that you'd never notice if you whizzed my in a car!
    2117 days ago
    Last year I tracked my miles to see how far along the Appalachian Trail I would have walked (not far enough as it turned out). That remains a goal for one of these years, if I can convince an employer to keep my job open for the 5-6 months I'd be gone walking.
    2117 days ago
  • BBECKER1955
    I love sneaking in a walk at lunch time when time allows. It's relaxes my body and helps clear my mind.
    2117 days ago
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