Week #1, Walk #2

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May 302012
 

Nothing too exciting about today’s walk. The wife was home today, so we walked this together. I was in the zone, and she wasn’t, so I ended up a good deal ahead of her.

As for the walk, I really feel I am beyond this level of exercise. I am not really winded when I get done, and I feel I can go much further. I don’t want to push too hard at first, because I want to create a positive mental image of exercising. Does that make sense? I have tried so many times to get healthy, and I end up overdoing it in the early stages because I see no progress. I end up over doing it just once, and it takes a few extra days to recover, and my mind is telling me No, don’t do it again. Then I have failed.

So, Stay positive! Don’t over do it! You can do it!

Stats below.

 Posted by at 9:29 am

Week #1, Walk #1

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May 282012
 

Today is the first official day of my 12 week beginners running program. Go back a few entries to see what it’s all about!

I know it is only walking, but it is ramped up walking, along with regular walking. If it were just regular walking, I could do a lot more than 20 minutes. But, as I am walking fast for 4 minutes, I seem to look forward to the walking regular minute. then again, I am seriously picking them up and putting them down. I think Endomondo had my top walking speed at 5.s miles an hour. It doesn’t sound fast, but that’s walking speed. I think I would have to be running, or at least jogging to get much faster than that.

The wife was out with me this a.m., and she tried to keep up and did a great job doing so. We joked about the difference in our leg length, and the difference in the workout that makes. It is pretty obvious that short people should work out with short people, and tall people the same.

Anyway, Endomondo allows me to link to stats, and it is pretty darn cool. I just wish I could get it to do interval timing as well.

 Posted by at 9:35 am

Mobile Apps and Trial Run

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May 272012
 

Well now – Here I am. About to start out on a new journey. A journey of fitness and improved health.

Yeah, that sounded lame. I am trying to sound interesting to you all, so you can return here to follow along with my fitness program. Seriously. I need the encouragement! I promise to return the favor and prompt you too…

Ok, now. I went out for a trial 20 minute walk today. I didn’t really want to count it as Day #1 of the program, because in my mind, I had it starting tomorrow, on Monday. Don’t ask me. I’m not sure why my mind said so. In all seriousness, I wanted to give a trial run (no pun intended) on the program, to see who I would feel doing so, as well as polish up on my App manipulation. The apps I am going to be using during the program are Endomondo, Pro and Interval Stopwatch. Both are available on Android, and if they are available there, I am sure they are available for th iPhone. I honestly wish that Endomondo would have the ability to have interval timing as well, because as it is now, I have to start Endomondo with a 10 second delay and then start the timer. The timer beeps at me at each shift in walk to run, and vice versa. it’s actually pretty sweet.

As for Endomondo, I started with the free version a few years ago, and at the time, it really met my needs as it was. Then, I did a few hikes with it last year, and there was a feature that was available with the pro version that I kind of needed. On long hikes, Endomondo, along with all the other apps on my phone drained my battery. I mean dead in 6 hours. The pro version allows it to reduce power consumption, while still tracking. That, along with deactivating a number of other apps on the phone, and I can push it longer than 8 hours now. Not bad for $3.99. Bonus for me, as I got it on sale for .99 cents!

Anyway, now I am rambling. First walking stats are posted below. Feel free to comment on my progress. I need the encouragement!

 Posted by at 10:47 am
May 252012
 

About a year ago, I had made the decision to get into shape.  I had been unemployed for 6 months ( stupid economy), and during that time, I dropped in weight from 227 down to about 205.  I attribute that weight loss to nothing more than not eating out for lunch, and cooking more dinners at home.  It’s quite amazing what can come from having to cut costs.  I had just turned 40, and although I was losing weight, I was certainly not in shape.  I doubt I could run more than a few minutes before passing out.

I first made the decision to get more hiking.    I had bought most all of the gear a number of years previous, but had never gotten out there.  Story of my life…  Anyway, after a number of hikes, I realized I would need to get into other forms of more strenuous activities if I truly wanted to drop the guy I was, and get into better shape.  I also realized that I was hiking for the pleasure of being in the outdoors, and the small fitness gain was just a bonus.  In all truthfulness, I would rather hike any day, but hiking was not getting me into the shape as I was targeting.

Along came the internet!  After doing a number of Google searches, I found a few beginner running programs that looked like they would mostly fit the bill.  The only problem with them, was I believe they were designed by in-shape people.  I was not one of them, and I knew if I started one of them, at age 40, I would certainly fail.  So, I took a few bullet points from a number of them and created my own – Designed by an out of shape 40 year old, to be used by out of shape 40 year olds.  OK, maybe not just out of shape 40 years olds, but you get the point.

So, here it is.  It’s pretty basic – You run/walk for 20 minutes, every other day for 12 weeks.  Each week you either drop your walk time or ramp up your run time, but still keeping it within the 20 minute window.  At the end of the 12 week program, you should be able to run 20 minutes without a problem.  Don’t get me wrong, this is all theoretical, but I am currently in week 2, and will see this through to the end.

 

And, as I am not a doctor, take this info for what it’s worth – I’m posting it for motivational purposes only.  See your own Doc before you go out and injure yourself by starting a new program…

 

 Posted by at 1:05 pm

Healthy Living, for a better you…

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May 012012
 

Welcome to Healthy Living!  I hope you enjoy my posts on all things fitness and health.  I will blog, usually once a day, covering topics on running, hiking, exercise and even recipes from time to time.  I will also log my personal exercises and programs I am working on.  You also might see the occasional fitness book or cook book review for your reading pleasure.

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 Posted by at 12:35 pm