100 lb. Club - In Praise of WALKING

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07-22-2009, 10:12 AM
OK, no one fought it harder or longer than I did, and I still don't love it the way a lot of people do (still waiting for that zen feeling LOL) but today on Good Morning America, they were talking about longevity in certain pockets of population and one common thread was WALKING

30 minutes a day cuts the risk of heart disease by 40% for women

60 minutes a day cuts the risk of stroke IN HALF

holy cow! and it makes your legs look better! well, that's what my new Sketchers Shape Ups shoes say! I'll tell you in a few months LOL

ps. in summer i love indoor walking the perimeter of the air conditioned mall or our stadium, there's always a way!

07-22-2009, 10:38 AM
I've tried several different modes of exercise and it always comes back to walking for me. I was doing C25K but got sidelined by asthma, so instead of jogging I increased my walking route to 3.5 miles. The fat is literally melting off my butt and my thighs are WAY less jiggly than before. Unfortunately, it's doing nothing for my waist (which is what you might expect). I do think I'm going to need some new activity soon as I seem to be settling down at this weight, but really--you can't beat walking!

I don't feel the "zen" feeling or the exercise high after walking, but I do feel better and I sleep better. I listen to Public Radio while I walk, so I also feel a little smarter when I'm done! :)

07-22-2009, 10:50 AM
thanks for the reminder. I do enjoy walking once I get going, takes about 3 months for it to become natural. I Will re-start tomorrow (It's pouring rain at the minute)

07-22-2009, 10:54 AM
Those are awesome numbers, Trazey! I've got a baby that thinks 5:30 is an acceptable time to get up every morning, so I've been taking advantage of that and getting out for a walk by 6, before it gets too hot. You just gave me a little shot of motivation to keep it up! So, thanks!

07-22-2009, 10:54 AM
I love walking (jogging too but sometimes it is good to take it down a little)...my fav is walking at a high incline on my treadmill. Louisiana is flat so it's nice to pretend I'm walking uphill :lol:

07-22-2009, 10:57 AM
I LOVE walking! I walk with a neighbor every morning. Knowing that someone else expects you to be there really helps me get up and going. We chat about all sorts of things and the time goes by quickly. I think it's a great way to start the day!

07-22-2009, 11:07 AM
I love walking too!

I'll be doing a lot of it this weekend :)

Judy Lynn
07-22-2009, 11:24 AM
Those numbers make me very glad I went for my 30 min. walk this morning.

WTG on the Komen walk Matt! :bravo:

07-22-2009, 11:47 AM
I hated it for 39 1/2 years but finally made my peace with it, and now I miss my 3 miles a day when (rarely) I don't do it. And yes it DOES make your legs look better.

07-22-2009, 02:02 PM
I always hated walking on a treadmill -- and I still am not a big fan, but it beats fighting your way through the snow --- but I really am enjoying the outdoor alking and hiking we are doing this summer as a family. I enjoy walking outside by myself, too, if I get out there early enough to beat the heat and the crowds.

Hey, Matt! High fives and good luck this weekend!

07-22-2009, 02:20 PM
I am walking's biggest fan. I walk for 1.5hrs almost every day. It is my time to be at peace, and daydream, and relax(even thought I go quite fast paced). I loooooooove it. Today i walked in the pouring rain. Just me and my iPod. It was like walking and swimming at the same time lol. But it was so amazing feeling. Some people think I am crazy but it realy is my favorite thing to do.

07-22-2009, 03:01 PM
I love walking too. I've lost the majority of the weight with walking as my exercise of choice. I jog when I can, but one knee is giving me fits lately, so I'm back to walking. I love the incline on the treadmill too, Tanee, it does wonderful things for the leg muscles! Our beautiful river trails are my favorite, but it has been between 105 and 110 here lately, so they will have to wait until it cools down.

07-22-2009, 03:17 PM
wow, those are encouraging statistics!

I don't get a high from walking, doing a gym routine almost always peps up my spirits, makes me feel better and sometimes energizes me (tires me out sometimes too).

I remember the days when my weight made it feel tough to walk, so I still do get that inner thankfulness whenever I go out down the street that it's easy for me to walk as far as I want now. I walk around my neighborhood, which is usually pretty pleasant. We have a big park nearby too.

No car, so feets have to do their stuffs! :D

07-22-2009, 03:51 PM
I live where walking on the road is close to lethal, so I won't take my kids out there, but I like heading into town and visiting the schools track, or the walking trails in town and at the park. I should resolve to do it more! I had a treadmill that I enjoyed actually, but in our tiny home it just took too much space (family of 6 in 1,000 sq. feet is a tight fit!), so I had to give it up. Maybe someday we will be in a bigger home...sigh.

07-22-2009, 10:04 PM
I love walking too. I'm so out of shape I can't go very far at the moment, so I spend a lot of time walking around our yard, or doing loops through the woods beside my house.

I love using my pedometer, and every night I track at Walker Tracker (http://www.walkertracker.com). It's like competing with myself to get better every day.

07-22-2009, 10:08 PM
A great reminder that I really needed.I was my thinnest when I walked 3-4 miles a day.I really have to get back in to it.

07-22-2009, 10:16 PM
I have a treadmill that I have been using. I am just not the 'outdoorsy' type and prefer to do my walking indoors under the air conditioning while watching HGTV. 30 minutes goes by in no time! And, my arthritic knee is doing well with the walking so I'm going to keep it up!

By the way, I have read that walking is very good for trimming the waist line too!

07-22-2009, 11:42 PM
I'm glad to see I am not alone. I love walking and it is my main form of exercise. Sometimes I run/walk, but mainly I walking 3-5 miles 4-6 days a week. I love walking outside with my ipod...off in my own little world solving life's big problems...LOL!

07-23-2009, 01:06 AM
I hated walking-- well really any kind of exercise. So I adopted a dog, because I knew dogs MUST have a DAILY (or almost daily) walk. Now we walk together almost every morning, and sometimes at night too for 45-60 min. I don't really like it, but I can tell it really helps reduce my stress level, and when I skip a day I can really notice I'm more restless and antsy. Hooray for walking!

07-23-2009, 01:22 AM
I :love: walking! That's the only exercise I do. I used to HATE walking when I first started, but I have learned to love it. I've heard it's one of the best exercises you can do :D
.....Unfortionatly, this summer has not been too great for walking, as it rains basically every day. :mad:

07-23-2009, 02:40 AM
I :love: walking! That's the only exercise I do. I used to HATE walking when I first started, but I have learned to love it. I've heard it's one of the best exercises you can do :D
.....Unfortionatly, this summer has not been too great for walking, as it rains basically every day. :mad:

We're having the same problem here with the blasted rain, ugh! I've resorted to indoor walking again and a Fitness Game that WII has (not the Fitness WII, but another CD with Maya leading the way, torturing my body with so called relaxing yoga :rofl:). I do love walking, it would be nice to do it OUTSIDE so that I can save the indoor walking for the long winter ahead of us, gggggrrrrr. This summer has just been the pits weather wise. :mad:

07-23-2009, 01:02 PM
Well thank you!!! That does it, I'm taking my dog out in the morning! Probably wont get very far at first but who cares. Also, this may sound crazy, but I did this before. In my office, is a hallway, not to long, but I would get up and walk the hall way 10 times. I used to keep a little note on my pc to remind me and check it off. That starts tomarrow too! Thank you!

07-23-2009, 02:15 PM
I love walking but find I can't find the time to do it and I really want to. It makes me feel good and the fast I can walk it urges me to run! One day!

Arctic Mama
07-23-2009, 02:16 PM
Add me to the list of people who love walking, indoor or outside. I don't do it as much as I'd like anymore, for weather and kid reasons, and the stationary bike is my current weapon of choice, but walking will always top my list as a mood booster and good 'me' time.

07-23-2009, 04:14 PM
I like to walk particularly outdoors so I would probably be more in love with hiking than straight walking (IE treadmill which I believe should be called the boremill but you will find me on one when winter starts :( ). Its what I do on my days off from training on my bike currently. This morning I did the 3 mile nature loop in 42 min, not my best time but close and I am sure I will get faster :) (please oh please let me have the sanity to not blow my knee again).

07-23-2009, 08:13 PM
*Raise hand* another walker here. I enjoy walking outside in a pleasant environment but on these hot summer days have to walk inside. I am looking forward to walking outside in the fall!

07-23-2009, 09:43 PM
I love walking! Walking has always been my staple exercise, mostly because I can start out so slow and build up to speed walking up hills. I have been walking 45-minutes every day on my lunch breaks at work since I started trying to loose weight in February. At first I would find any excuse possible to get out of my daily walks, now I am rearranging my schedule to make sure I can get in my walk. I think yesterday was the first day in months that I had to skip because it was absolutely pouring rain. My dog and I also walk an hour in the evening, although those walks are a little slower because she has to stop to investigate things. Better than walking, I love hiking which to me is just intense walking with better scenery. Walking (and now jogging) have become of my daily routine and I miss it if I can't get enough in.

07-23-2009, 09:48 PM
I started out by walking almost exclusively so I'm a big fan... I still walk tons as I still think it's both a great way to get places, and a good calorie burn without exhaustion. On days where I workout otherwise I'm know to throw in a walk just to burn a few extra.

Of course now I can run, but I never would have gotten there w/o good on walking. :)

07-24-2009, 04:20 PM
Walking is one of my favorite activities! :) Now I just have to get my arse back out there! :running: