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@ReTiReD51  One of the great things about walking is that it is free. No membership, no special equipment. Just start walking. Smiley Happy

 

 

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If you’re able walking is a perfect exercise because you can do it anywhere.

 

@nyadrnsuggests set your own goal only you know “what motivates” you. Remember any number of steps walking is better than none.

 

@Epster “Healthy eating plus exercise remains the key to good health” 

 

Good advice by both ladies. 

 

 

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How to Keep Track of Your Steps
by Lisa M. Wolfe

 

Walking your dog is a fun way to increase your daily steps.
If you need motivation to get off the couch, try keeping track of your daily steps. The American Council on Exercise reveals a link between increased body fat percentages and time spent sitting. One way to keep your body fat within healthy limits is to develop an active lifestyle. Simply increasing the amount of steps you take in a day will improve your health. The International Council on Active Aging recommends 6,000 steps a day for general health and 10,000 steps a day for weight loss. Those numbers are too high to count each individual step, so use a pedometer or an average-step calculation to track your progress.

https://healthyliving.azcentral.com/keep-track-steps-5779.html

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@jamesf213534 wrote:

Retired martial arts instructor and kickboxer. Too many broken bones to continue so I kicked up my biking pace and rollerskate at least three sessions weekly. Nothing matches the running though, especially off-road up and down hills (deep ditches). Make sure you protect muscle mass by lifting weights...or else! Us older folk lose muscle fast while dieting so be careful.


Good for you!

 

Everyone is different and works out in ways that best achieve the goals that they have.  The single most important factor inho in working out regularly is enjoying what you are doing.  If we find something we enjoy we are more likely to continue doing it.  Looks like you found yours. Thanks for sharing : )

 

 

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Yes, please keep taking those steps. But know that 10,000 steps a day (that's about 5 miles a day) had me looking like this:

 

 

I was 56 years old, had gained weight due to the perfect storm of menopause and a couple of years of debilitating leg and foot injuries. At this time I was walking 3.25 community miles every day, plus another 2 or 3 miles running our hillside farm AND taking 6-10 mile hikes or bike rides on weekends. While my vitals were perfect, my weight was way up, and my body fat was embarrassing. 

 

I wanted to get back into shape, but clearly the 5 miles a day (10,000 steps) were not working.  So, I switched up my exercise routine. I began walking 4.5 community miles at a heart-pounding pace, got a hula hoop, hand weights, an ab roller, a magic circle, a mini trampoline and a recumbent trike and slowly, built up to where all exercises combined, I was working out to the tune of 900 minutes a week. (That's an average over 2 hours a day, most of that on 4-5 hour weekend trike rides.)

 

Also importantly, I have, in this past year, changed my diet. My portions are reduced and I have reduced carbs while increasing the fruits and vegetables I eat.

 

And this is what I look like now:

 

I've lost 55 pounds since I started working out hard enough to sweat and to raise my heart rate. My vitals are still perfect, btw, but now my risk of developing heart disease, breast and other cancers, diabetes, et cetera, are greatly reduced as my waist now measures less than 30 inches. (The new fitness standard for women)

 

I'm not espousing opinion here, I'm telling you what I have experienced. I did this with the help and support of my DH, but otherwise did not follow any program or plan. I simply decided I didn't want to live in pain, that I wanted to remain prescription-free and as healthy as possible for as long as I possibly could. Smiley Happy

 

@Epster  You are fearless. I swear you have superhero genes.

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@jamesf213534 wrote:

 Make sure you protect muscle mass by lifting weights...or else! Us older folk lose muscle fast while dieting so be careful.


@jamesf213534  Agreeing with you again. I like to say 'Use it or lose it.' Smiley Happy

 

 

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Yes indeed, you are so correct. Biking is such a pleasure compared to stationary bikes, please do more of it! Running as a senior will run heartrate up to big numbers also, get a fitness watch and heart strap like Garmin...then you can accurately track your progress. I love my Garmin. I am 66 & in great shape thanks to my bikes.


@jamesf213534  People like you; stories like yours inspire me so much!  We have a group of senior athlete friends with whom we chat about other senior athetes and their exploits. Smiley Happy I call it the 'What Is Possible' club. Smiley Happy

 

Absolutely agree about riding bike outside: so much more fun than a stat bike. (I gave away my stat bike last year). We ride (and race) recumbent trikes. Fantastic exercise. I have literally cycled my butt off this year. We got in 129 miles in the past 3 days, for an expenditure of 6,200 calories! That's nearly two pounds worth of calories we worked off since Thanksgiving.

 

That said, I also believe in walking. It's a fantastic exercise as well. Doesn't burn the calories that cycling (like a maniac) does, but it's a good overall workout. We have a hilly 4.85 mile neighborhood route that we take 3-5 times a week.

 

 

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Retired martial arts instructor and kickboxer. Too many broken bones to continue so I kicked up my biking pace and rollerskate at least three sessions weekly. Nothing matches the running though, especially off-road up and down hills (deep ditches). Make sure you protect muscle mass by lifting weights...or else! Us older folk lose muscle fast while dieting so be careful.

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@jamesf213534 wrote:

Yes indeed, you are so correct. Biking is such a pleasure compared to stationary bikes, please do more of it! Running as a senior will run heartrate up to big numbers also, get a fitness watch and heart strap like Garmin...then you can accurately track your progress. I love my Garmin. I am 66 & in great shape thanks to my bikes.


@jamesf213534  Great..  enjoy.  I personally love stationary biking.   Each of us has so many options in regard to what type of activity that we choose that there should be no one without an option..  unless of course the choice is none of them  

Question..  have you been active for most of your life ?

 

 

 

 

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 For those of you who are doing the 10k walking goal..  keep walking : )

 

 

 

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