Walking - better than any pill you can take

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Walking - better than any pill you can take

Postby lawdog on Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:38 am

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Re: Walking - better than any pill you can take

Postby dungeonjoe on Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:31 pm

Indeed. I have lost nearly 80 pounds since last July. Walking as well as a healthy diet were the keys. I have more to lose, but the walking routine makes it easier.
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Re: Walking - better than any pill you can take

Postby lawdog on Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:39 pm

Outstanding Dunjeonjoe - congratulations! Thomas Jefferson said long ago that "Of all exercises, walking is best".
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Re: Walking - better than any pill you can take

Postby Loyalterrier on Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:00 pm

Congrats DJ. 80 lbs is not easy. And for anybody that wants to amp it up a little without the impact of jogging/running try walking up flights of stairs. I walk three flights daily at work and when I get to the top my heart rate is up significantly. On the other hand walking down stairs has very little benefit so for a short but good cardio workout try going up stairs.
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Postby dungeonjoe on Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:53 am

Loyalterrier wrote:Congrats DJ. 80 lbs is not easy. And for anybody that wants to amp it up a little without the impact of jogging/running try walking up flights of stairs. I walk three flights daily at work and when I get to the top my heart rate is up significantly. On the other hand walking down stairs has very little benefit so for a short but good cardio workout try going up stairs.

I go to the hospitals two or three days a week and avoid the elevator when I can. Often it's quicker and less crowded.
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Re: Walking - better than any pill you can take

Postby fgs44 on Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:48 pm

As one who has had issues for years with arthritis in every joint possible,( both knees replaced, back issues including one operation, and soon to have a hip replacement) I have found two very good cardio exercises that allows you to give yourself whatever level of intensity that you want without suffering from pain due to impact on your joints; the first is a stairmaster since there is no impact on your knees, hips, or spine. You are able to vary the intensity without creating pain for yourself. The second is riding a bicycle. I love to do both of these. Even standing and walking for a few minutes creates issues for me, but I do 75 minutes on a stairmaster 3-4 times a week, and ride my bicycle every day.
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Re: Walking - better than any pill you can take

Postby fgs44 on Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:48 pm

As one who has had issues for years with arthritis in every joint possible,( both knees replaced, back issues including one operation, and soon to have a hip replacement) I have found two very good cardio exercises that allows you to give yourself whatever level of intensity that you want without suffering from pain due to impact on your joints; the first is a stairmaster since there is no impact on your knees, hips, or spine. You are able to vary the intensity without creating pain for yourself. The second is riding a bicycle. I love to do both of these. Even standing and walking for a few minutes creates issues for me, but I do 75 minutes on a stairmaster 3-4 times a week, and ride my bicycle every day.
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Re: Walking - better than any pill you can take

Postby lawdog on Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:57 am

FGS, that sounds like a great strategy. Amazing that you can do what you are doing in light of the arthritis and surgeries. I have heard a lot of good things about the stairmaster and bikes, and how they minimize stress and pounding on joints. Throwing in a little yoga - for the stretching, relaxation, and flexible strength - has worked for many as well. Best of luck on the hip replacement.
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