How do you feel after a short walk?

Walking the Way to Health - Exercise is good for you.
United States
December 26, 2006 12:28pm CST
I have not gone walking for awhile, I've been too busy, too lazy, etc. (I have millions of excuses). Today I walked for 10 minutes (on my break just now), and burned 54 calories, it was only 1/2 mile, but 1289 aerobic steps. I felt winded and was coughing when I got back, I'm really out of shape, and I'm overweight (I weigh 185 but should weight 135 at most, for my height, which is 5'2"). I'm going to start walking every day. I'm not setting a bunch of goals with time & distance b/c I get upset if I don't meet my goals, and give up. So I'm going to keep it simple and say I want to walk every day, at least a little bit. I'm going to probably do another lap or two around the office on lunch break so that might be another 10-15 minutes for the day.
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@not4me (1713)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I'm 183 (5'-5'') thanks to a back injury I sustained about 3 years ago. I had just left the Marine Corps and had my second baby and a chiropractor messed my back up. I had traction, physical therapy, epidural steroid shots and TENS therapy for years. I'm still in pain every day and while some days are much, much worse than others I've managed to get my endurance up enough so I can walk for 3 miles and run the last mile home. Before it got cold I had just bought a new mountain bike and I would go out on trails. I also just got a treadmill so I could keep up with my walking/running this season. The weight isn't good for running though - at least for me. My knees hurt pretty bad on some days and because of my injury I am misaligned so I have to be very careful. I don't worry about goals - I just do what I can each day depending on my pain level and how siked I am that particular day. I also don't worry about how many calories I burn. I was always very active before and during my stay in the Marines so I just want to feel pain-freeish and active again. When I walk I try to keep my heart-rate between 111 and 124. It may seem low but it is my optimal fat-burning rate for my age (30). When I run with my heart rate monitor, I've been able to bring my rate down from close to 180 to high 160s low 170s. So while I haven't seen much weight loss I know my heart is getting happy again. I won't worry about more weight loss until it gets warm again. For now I just want to maintain. Best of luck with your workouts!
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@not4me (1713)
• United States
26 Dec 06
Oh and I only run at night so no one can make fun of my broke-a$$ lolll! :P
• United States
26 Dec 06
Thanks for the support! I'm sorry to hear about your injury. I would love to go bike riding on trails, mine has a flat and a messed up derailer and it's too cold. I'm hoping to get out again once it warms up. I need to get in shape b/4 I can't do anything! I've noticed how much harder it is for me to walk a couple of miles or bike ride, I also have pain in my knees but mostly in my hips. I'm trying not to set my standards too high b/c I know I will get frustrated and give up.
@not4me (1713)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Oh ya, I get TONS of hip pain as well. How could I forget? lol - my docs don't know exactly why either but it has kept me from doing my ballet stretched. Sometimes it feels like I have bone-on-bone pain but x-rays show nothing. If we were in the same area I would totally work out with you. :D
@jen20619 (1302)
• Ireland
26 Dec 06
Yes walking is a great exercise.I too dont have been too busy and lazy driving everywhere.Especialy when working all day that involves sitting down.Your decision for walking abit every day is a good one.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
26 Dec 06
Damn! why you are leading such a unhealthy life. Excersixe a bit every day. You wont be happly like that and its not worth to be lazy like that. try to find out what u feel interesting. and get involved in some outdoor activities. Its good you walked 30 mins today and i hope you will do it regularly. As the doctor says ' health is wealth" Cheers, Tutul
• United States
26 Dec 06
I only walked 10 minutes so far. I live an unhealthy life b/c I'm employed full-time, go to school part-time, have chores to do around the house, etc. Basically I'm busy almost all of the time, and when I'm not busy I'm stressed out over bills and so exercise gets pushed to the back burner. But I am going to start taking out "me time" and try to take better care of myself.
@deeeky (3668)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
26 Dec 06
The most pleasing thing about going out for a walk is obviously it keeps you healthy but I find that whilst walking I have the time to think and relect on other issues so that when I finished the walk my mind is a lot clearer than before.
• United States
26 Dec 06
I've noticed that too! On the days I walk before work, I'm in a much better mood than if I skipped my walk. It gives me time to think and I can listen to my radio and just focus on fixing ME and not the rest of the world. I also like a challenge sometimes. There are these parking garages on campus that I sometimes go up and down the stairs on halfway through my walk, about 5 flights of stairs. I'm sweaty and huffing and puffing but I always finish the stairs and the walk and feel proud of myself.
• Philippines
4 Jan 07
Good for you, I usually do crunches at least 10 in the morning when I wake up and before sleeping, my cousin was also overweight before about 3 years ago, what she did was everyday at first she started walking for 5 min, then after a week 7 min then 10 min and so on and so forth... thats the only thing she did but made sure that she does this all the time and everyday... now she is in shape... it took her a while but atleast she is leaving a good healty life now... so what you are doing is great... just be religious about it and try not to pressure yourself and have fun... good luck and keep it up...
• United States
4 Jan 07
Thanks for the support! I didn't get my lunch walk in today :( b/c we're slammed at work but I got some this morning, about a mile! I hope we're not so busy tomorrow, it's really nice out too about 50 degrees!
@missinghim (1339)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I haven't walked anywhere in a month of sundays, and I know that I need to go ahead and whip my body back into shape. But like you I have a million and one excuses. I think that after the holidays I'll be going to the gym at my job and just work out for 30 min on my lunch break.
• United States
2 Jan 07
You are so lucky you have a gym at your job, I'm super jealous! I don't have one here, but we ought to, we've got like 5000 employees and I'd bet money at least 1/2 are clinically overweight if not morbidly obese. Even a couple of treadmills would be great, jump on for 15 or 20 minutes and go back to work!
@akumei1269 (1750)
• India
27 Dec 06
Though I never go for walk as an excercise walking is my daily feature . It is a 11 and half km commute to my work place . Out of this I walk 2 and half km 5 days a week . The other two days also I walk to the market slightly further than 2 and half . This is my years long habit . But this walk is not that brisk -20 minutes for the 2 and half km. I don't know how much caloie it burns . But I still feel the need of some methodical excercises . Because my belly and stomach have always a tendency to bulge.
@198112 (336)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Thats good of your descision to start walking more. Walking is a very good cardio exercise that helps get the heart pumping to burn calories and fat. If you start walking on a regular basis you will feel the difference in the amount of energy you have. And also the weight you lost. I enjoy walking over riding in most cases. I really get the most out of my walking when I am taking my kids out in the stroller. It seems like I can walk for miles without being tired as long as I am pushing the stroller. Implementing a cardio exercise in my routine help me lose excess weight that I had. Try to be consistent even if it is two or three times a week. Something is better than nothing.
• United States
2 Jan 07
That's what I figure, it's better to get out and try and exercise than not do it at all. I keep hearing that it's like a habit, once you do it, you'll want to do it more, but I don't know. It was never that way with me, even when I walked 2 or 3 days a week. I'd do it but I'd like to slack off, too! I'm going to try and have some perseverance and determination this year and work harder!!!
@hariharbhat (1314)
• India
27 Dec 06
You are an American. Right ? We are proud of your methodolgy of doing the work. I will express the same subject you have told as, I walked after a long time and I feel fine about the change. Khudos. Coming to WALKING, yes it keeps the body very healthy.As you told we can give millions of excuses for our lazyness and justify ourselves for not having gone WALK.But it is not that difficult to anyone to provide time for his/her daily WALK. I have a suggestion. Along your WALK, you can slowly practice some areobics.It would help a lot in burning your calories. Have your heard about YOGA and PRAANAAYAAMAA.I belive you have heard of it.It is suggestible to practice that. If you find this DISCUSSION of any value, please drop some words.
• United States
2 Jan 07
Yep, I'm American. I'm not sure what my "methodology of doing the work" means, but I'm lazy and I know I am (us Americans tend to be that way, fast food, drive thru, one hour photo, etc.). PRAANAAYAAMAA - what is this? I have never heard of it!
@banta78 (4335)
• India
27 Dec 06
I think it is not just you but many people including me who find excuses to exercise. As it gets monotonus and boring if you do the same routine day ind ay out. but i think walking is a good idea if you are out of shape. I also like to walk as it simplest form of exercise. walking burns calories, relaxes ourselves, free our minds of all the clutter, good for heart and health. i think wes hould walk daily for 30 minutes. one doesn't have to run or jog simply walking is enough and anybody even ill person can also do it. so there are noexcuses.
• Philippines
27 Dec 06
You know walking is really a good exercise for everyone especially for working people. It releases the toxins in our body that causes stress. It really can also burn those stubborn fats. Make it a habit or a lifestyle if you can it is for your own good.. It will improve the circulation of your blood. Since I work here in Makati I've been doing a lot of walk because there is no available public transportation which I really liked, I don't know to others I think they hate it, because its been a while since I haven't had a walk and it feels great to step those feet a mile or two..it improves my breathing. I really can see the difference when I was taking those long walks and when I didn't.
• United States
2 Jan 07
I didn't realize that stress was created by toxins, is that what all those cortisol commercials are about? "stress releases cortisol, cortisol increases belly fat, you need relicore".... I love public transportation and now that I have a truck I am so lazy. When all I had was public transportation I'd walk more, b/c it'd be like "okay, I can sit around and wait 15 minutes for this bus or I can walk and be there before the bus is" and I'd usually just walk if it was nice out.
@calvin222 (1607)
• India
27 Dec 06
Exercise is very important in life. you may earn a lot of money but if you dont have the health to enjoy it what is the point. you can always include a little exercise in your day. use the stairs sometimes. got a 15 min break take a 7 minute walk. going out for shopping at a nearby store, walk. make it a point to go for a long walk every weekend and on holidays. if you go to a nice park it becomes a nice outing also. so little little things add up to something. after a while you will find your energy levels increase, the day you manage a 5 km walk without feeling tired you feel a sense of achievement.
• United States
2 Jan 07
How far is 5 km in miles?? I know the day I walked 5 miles (from my house to Best Buy and back, I bought myself a CD as a reward) I felt awesome but I was so sore the next day!
• United States
27 Dec 06
I used to walk a lot...about 5+ miles a day. It has been a year and a half since I have done that on a daily basis. On our recent trip to Vegas, we walked miles. I got winded, naseous, and the next day(s) my legs and upper thighs hurt so bad. I need to get back in shape and start walking again on a daily basis, even if it is only for 45 minutes a day. It is so good for you, it helps your lungs, your body, and also helps me clear my mind. You can do, stick to it.
• United States
2 Jan 07
I think the best part of walking (when I used to do it) was how good I'd feel after I got done! I never really lost any weight, maybe 5 pounds at most, but I felt better emotionally, I wasn't all depressed all day and I had tons of energy. Now I'm exhausted all the time and don't feel like doing anything, all my motivation is gone, it SUCKS.
@kawillow74 (1417)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Keep up the good work it is hard I try and walk on my treadmill everyday for my depression but with the hoildays I haven't been on it since thursday and I can tell a differents in my mood I think it can help in allot of different ways.
• United States
2 Jan 07
That's one of the greatest things about walking, how good it makes you feel. It really clears my head out and that's the best thing to do when you get in a fight, go for a long walk b/c by the end you'll probably have calmed down.
• United States
27 Dec 06
Good for you! I won't chastise you for being overweight. I'm more overweight than you and REALLY need to start some kind of exercise. We used to walk but don't have time anymore. I've also gotten lazy and never have really enjoyed walking anyway. So, I need to find something that I will do and do regularly and will continue with, not just for a week or two but long term. Hope you continue with your walking. I know it really is good for you.
• United States
2 Jan 07
I wonder what other kind of exercise you might like? I want to try tennis but my eye hand coordination is horrible, it looks really dangerous, I can just see a tennis ball breaking my glasses someday! I like walking but my CD player had an accident with my treadmill last year and I haven't gotten a new one, I just have this huge ugly walkman and I'm embarrassed carrying it around, it's ugly.
@kylesmiles (1913)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Oh wow! That is so awesome and I am so happy for you! :) I actually started pilates about 4 years ago and yoga about 2 years ago. This year I think I Have done the best with my workouts. I really wanted to slim down to my normal size after my son was born. I have stuck with it...and I am very proud of myself. I wish I could have taken a brisk walk today...but here in my area, it's windy... and I am not just talking a little wind, I am talking the wind is howling and debris is being blown all over.. It's crazy.
• United States
2 Jan 07
That does sound like some horrible wind! Good job with the pilates and yoga! I'm thinking about doing some yoga, I bet it would help with my hip problems!
• United States
27 Dec 06
That's good to start out small so you don't injure yourself or get burned out and quit. Just add more to your walk at regular intervals. I have off and on health problems that sometimes limit my walking. On good days, I can almost walk all day long. On bad days, an hour (about 3.75 miles) can hurt. That's when I do some bike riding or working out at the gym.
• United States
2 Jan 07
That's pretty good if you can do an hour a day! I usually get about 15 minutes on my lunch break. I got really lazy and my fiance and I bought our truck, and want rides to work instead of walking for an hour and taking the bus!
• Ireland
26 Dec 06
You are far too young to be winded and coughing after such a short walk. Hopefully you will now keep up your short walks and get fit. I am also going to follow your example and try to burn the calories. I will start with a ten minute walk and try to build up to 30 minutes. Because of health problems, I think this is about as much as I could manage.
• United States
2 Jan 07
I hope that I can, I'm going to try and go for a walk today if it's not so cold I'll freeze my butt off. I am too young, you're right. I need to quit smoking also, that's another thing on my list of "things I'm going to try".
• United States
26 Dec 06
I always feel better if I take a walk at least 3 times a week. It won't make you the healthiest person, but it will definitely help. Plus, it helps me feel like I'm actually doing something and not being lazy.
• United States
2 Jan 07
I'm going to try that this week, to walk three times, on my lunch break. It's really cold out, though, but I guess that doesn't stop me from walking around inside, right? And this building is pretty large so that helps.
@kyle930 (763)
• United States
26 Dec 06
That is a good thing to add exercise even small amounts to your daily routine because if it is something that you always do it will not feel as strange when you do it and you will be less likely to quit. Good luck with your plan.
• United States
26 Dec 06
Thanks for the support! I am hoping I can start making myself some good habits and drop some of the bad habits!
• Romania
26 Dec 06
well... after a 10 to 15 minutes walk i feel fresh,it helps me think better at office so i recommend you continue walking in breaks.
• United States
26 Dec 06
Thanks, I'm going to try! :) I usually do feel a little bit better, winded, yes, but a little better!