The Only Thing

walk in a park
@GardenGerty (96662)
Marion, Kansas
March 8, 2016 12:22pm CST
When I walk around a lot inside stores, the concrete floors make my knees hurt really bad, especially the right one. The only thing that really helps is to walk more, out side, on natural surfaces, or inside my house on wood and carpet. Outdoor walks build your knee muscles, indoor barefoot walks increase your foot muscles. I went for my walk. I am supposed to go every day and I do not. I am lucky if I make it once a week. Taking that walk outside before lunch lowers my blood sugar as well. Walking in stores does not. Not even in the Mall. I just need to do it. It is sticky like it needs to rain, but I walked about forty minutes.
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
8 Mar 16
I need to make myself walk too. I did find that riding my bike seemed to help my knee get stronger and hurt less than walking.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
I would need a stationary bike, I fall down with real bicycles. You are correct, that is good for the knees.
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
9 Mar 16
@GardenGerty I hope to ride a lot this spring.
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@AmbiePam (48126)
• United States
9 Mar 16
That's a good observation. That probably is far better for the strengthening of a person's knees.
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@JudyEv (118657)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Mar 16
It seems a bit strange that one type of walking works while the other doesn't. I guess you need to walk barefoot in the Mall - and I'm sure you don't want to do that!
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
Walking outdoors here, or on a treadmill with elevation, gives me the benefit of doing hills and the surface is easier on my joints.
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@yalul070 (1754)
• Manila, Philippines
9 Mar 16
lol! i don't think walking barefoot on concrete floor will help. worse, cold feet might cause her muscle cramps and more.
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@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
8 Mar 16
there are shoes that help with that, I have similar issues, but with the tendon in my feet, esp the left foot
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
I wear supportive walking/running shoes. I have very expensive orthotics I bought several years ago and I make sure to buy shoes that they fit in.
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• Centralia, Missouri
9 Mar 16
@GardenGerty these insoles are 70 odd, and I need another set sadly
@Marcyaz (35756)
• United States
8 Mar 16
Then you need to walk every day if you can and try to lower your blood sugar. It also looks like it might rain here.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
We did get a nice gentle rain this afternoon. I am glad I got out for my walk this morning.
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@Marcyaz (35756)
• United States
9 Mar 16
@GardenGerty NIce gentle rains are the best kind, did you have a good walk?
@MALUSE (37895)
• Germany
8 Mar 16
Sometimes one has to make oneself walk. But there's no denying that it's good for one's health. I don't drive and do all my shopping on foot. Of course, I don't live in the USA where the distances are so enormous. I need 10 minutes from our house to the town centre. I take a trolley or a rucksack with me.
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@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Mar 16
hi in the western states here in the smaller towns its eas y to walk from house to town but if you l ive on a farm yo u m ay end up drving 30 miles for groceries and ec.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
It is too bad that our little town does not have stores that offer what I need. There is a post office and a small grocer that are open Monday through Saturday. The library is open fifteen hours per week. Other places that I might go are hit and miss if they will be open. No hardware store, nothing like that. No pharmacy.
• United States
8 Mar 16
I am not into walking but if I was I would have to walk around the yard...we don't have any malls within an hour.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
No, no malls closer than an hour here, either. I walk downtown here, which is lots of hills and grassy paths.
• United States
9 Mar 16
@GardenGerty We don't have a town except for a few stores and a courthouse.
@amadeo (61631)
• United States
8 Mar 16
forty minutes is a long walk there.Start off slowly then increased it?
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
That walk was hard for me back in November and December. It has become easier. I used to have to sit on a bench in the park and rest. Included in the walk today was time in our old timey store for an item and some bending, etc. to pick up aluminum cans.
@Corbin5 (99888)
• United States
8 Mar 16
Even though I walk our pup Molly a bit over a mile each day, those concrete floors in Home Depot make me feet hurt big time. Even the tile floors in big box stores really do a number on my feet. Getting older hurts!
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
Most of the tile floors have been laid over concrete, so it does not help. I start to hurt almost as soon as I walk inside.
• United States
8 Mar 16
My knees always hurt and I guess I should be trying to do some outside walking to build them up.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
Front leg extensions and ham string curls in the back help, with very light ankle weights.
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Mar 16
hi so thats what is killing my knees those floors in some stores, Just my right knee really as I wear aheavy brace on my left leg.oddly that knee although arthriltic does not ever hurt. My doctor wants me to walk a half hour most days and darn lately Ihave not been doing it so my knee really hurts.walking n the s idewalks out side does not bother my knee.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
Yes, sidewalks are pretty easy on my knee, and not as much of a tripping hazard. Too bad we have very few of them here.
@jaboUK (53408)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 16
Forty minutes sounds like a pretty long walk to me. If I do half an hour I think I've done well.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
It is at my own relaxed pace, up hills and down and that makes it take longer. It is not so great a distance.
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@marlina (71284)
• Canada
8 Mar 16
I wonder why your blood sugar does not get lower when you walk indoor. It does for me.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
It might with a walking tape like you use. It just does not at the store, probably because I do not get to keep moving. It helps some, but there is a dramatic difference when I go for a walk around my town here. I think it is more effort due to all the hills.
• United States
8 Mar 16
Good for you GG. Thats a good long walk. You are right..outside surfaces never seem to be as bad as those indoors like stores, malls etc. That is a really beautiful place there. It must be so lovely where you live there, nice scenery.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
People around here have gorgeous gardens and yards. Things seem to grow well.
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@amnabas (9954)
• Karachi, Pakistan
8 Mar 16
Good to here that you are taking care of your health.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Mar 16
I think we all need to do that.
@celticeagle (117169)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Mar 16
I need to walk. I don't and haven't for as long as I remember. Severe depression is the pits and it makes me not want to do anything.
@AmbiePam (48126)
• United States
9 Mar 16
My dad is a Sam's Club member, and I don't think he realizes those concrete floors make his already torn up knees, worse. I wish something could be done to make your knees less susceptible to the wear and tear of ever day life.