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1/6/12 3:56 P

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@TEXAST2U - Starting out with walking is easy and only takes a good pair of shoes and moisture wicking socks. As for other types of exercise, choosing things you will enjoy will help you stay with them.


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1/3/12 8:09 P

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I started this program last summer and had to quit because of problems with my knees and feet, but I have finally been able to make some adjustments, and am so excited to be able to start back up again in this program. It has been a goal of mine to be able to walk a 5k, and I am going to accomplish it in the next couple of months.

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1/3/12 10:46 A

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Welcome. Spark will send you an email telling you how to start walking 20 minutes at first. It is only 3 days a week so it really isn't that much. Next week, you add a few minutes.

You can do anything you want, but this will open possibilities to you. I have never been one to exercise, but on this journey, it is important.

I started walking 15 minutes a day. I listened to audio books while walking as I hate living in a vacuum and am not a music person. The first few weeks, I would come home and literally collapse on my bed for twenty minutes.

Soon, I found I could walk farther and farther and when I got home, I suddenly had energy I hadn't had in years. My children (I am also single) saw the changes and were very supportive. Soon, I could walk an hour or more and was walking 3-5 miles almost every day. I slept better, felt better, was more mobile, and had more energy. It was a win/win for all of us. Sometimes, my kids walked with me, but they also found ways to be more active.

It is so worth it.

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1/2/12 11:18 P

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I am a single mom who does "mom things" but not much else as far as activity goes. I know that I shouldn't start off exercising in an extreme manner but I'm not sure how to actually get started.

Should I just start walking and add other things later? Should I walk and do other types of exercise? I don't want to run marathons or anything like that...I just want to be able to be more active than I am now.

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