WOW! I’m actually doing fairly well at getting my big ol’ body up, out and about! Over the last four days, I’ve gotten in three 20+ minute walking sessions. Sure, that’s not exactly running a marathon. But for me, it’s pretty damned good.
I took the advice of the article about exercise which I posted here yesterday and walked. And I was kinda surprised how easy it was to get out there and go. Tuesday, I went to the local rec center and walked for 1.1 miles. That was very cool, especially since I had my iPod Shuffle with me to distract me from the task at hand. 🙂 I did 1.1 miles in almost exacty 25 minutes. Slow for most, but fast for me.
For those of you reading this who want to exercise but think that walking isn’t strenuous enough to do you any good, consider this: we have a lot more weight to carry than a normal person does! Say a normal person weights 175 pounds. To make exertion equivalent, that person would have to carry a backpack weighing 150 pounds to equal my weight! When you’re overweight, everything you do causes more exertion on your body. Walking is one of those activities where this is beneficial! Walk, and you will burn calories.
Wednesday and today, I went out for lunch and took a 25-minute walk. I don’t know how far it is, since it’s not a controlled environment (at the rec center, each lap is exactly 1/10th of a mile). But if I had to guess, I’d say it’s a mile. Or very close. My goal is now to walk three times a week for lunch, and to try and get a little time in at the rec center, too (I like exercising there).