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Friday, February 10, 2017

I have been using the treadmill almost every day since starting with Spark on January 5, 2017, so it has been over one month of building my endurance. My question is this... why can't I walk faster? I can't seem to sustain more than 3.5 mph for more than one minute....and that's on a good day. So, in other words, for the bulk of my walking time, I am alternating between 3.0 mph and 3.4 mph. I guess maybe I should be more patient with myself, but when I go to the gym and see everyone else surpassing those speeds it makes me feel awful that I cannot. I realize that I don't have to "kill" myself to get improved Diabetes numbers. But I have over 50 pounds to lose and I am 64 years old. Will I be able to lose all the pounds I need to if I can't walk at higher speeds?
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    Yes! I have trouble standing and walking. I've found some great seated workouts that work for me. Just eating well and being active has helped me drop 63 pounds since September. If I can, trust me, you can. Keep plugging away and never give up. When you're struggling come here and reach out to your friends or read or blog -whatever helps to keep you moving forward. Please always remember to treat yourself the way you'd treat someone you love. emoticon
    1110 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    I agree with BBABY0924, the main thing is to eat right when you have diabetes, so far less carbs, the second thing to be healthy is to exercise, and if walking is part of that, great.

    Don't compare yourself to other people, compare yourself to where you were a few months ago, and a month from now compare yourself to where you are now. Look at your progress on its own.

    If you are 50 pounds overweight, and perhaps short, it is just a physical issue, not a fitness issue. It is hard to walk fast with over 50 extra pounds of body fat, period!

    Relax, and enjoy your progress all on its own.
    1112 days ago
    If you, like me, are short, put strides are shorter and takes us more work to get to those speeds compared to others. Once weight gets lower I'm sure we can both get faster. Be patient. We can do it!
    1112 days ago
    I've been at it for just over a month. I remember when 3.0 was difficult. I can do spurts (1 min) at 4.3 and 3.3 is fastest I can go. It's all in your heart rate. If your heart rate is in cardio mode and sweating, it's good. Slow and steady!
    1112 days ago
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