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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,406)
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7/20/12 2:30 A

"I think walking with weights, walking uphill and of course jogging is effective. "

Ybyers, I'm not sure what you mean by "walking with weights" but if you're talking ankle weights, they're not a good idea. They place you at a higher risk for injury and add no benefit to the workout since they're rarely high enough a weight to be challenging. THey just throw off your balance and center of gravity.

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7/20/12 1:22 A

Not only should you start switching up your walk/jog routine, you need to start adding in some strenght training too. And don't forget that nutrition is the most important part of the equation, so make sure you measure and track.

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7/19/12 11:25 P

Walking is a great way to exercise but there comes a time when we have to switch up the exercise to elevate the heart beat. Maybe you can do intervals of walking and running. you can also try walking up hill briskly. Good luck running is fun try it also and never say you can't do it.

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7/19/12 8:26 P

I think walking with weights, walking uphill and of course jogging is effective.

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TJ1TJ1 SparkPoints: (2,428)
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7/19/12 4:54 P

Good, simple suggestions. Thanks for your help everyone.

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7/19/12 4:44 P

changing up your workout will help. I try and walk the steepest hill in town once a week to change up things. I also run some to change up things. Good luck.

Terri
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7/19/12 3:36 P

We become more adept at the things we do most often. It might very well be that your walking simply doesn't challenge you enough any more.

Add hills or intervals, or definitely start thinking about what cross training activities interest you. Adding some running or cycling or swimming would be great.

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7/19/12 2:43 P

Add hills and/or intervals to your walking to increase the intensity. You can do intervals where you walk your fastest pace for a couple of minutes then a moderate pace for 1 minute to recover. Repeat the intervals till your workout is complete.

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CHIHAYA SparkPoints: (4,658)
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7/19/12 1:45 P

There was an article about it before.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=879



If you get bored, why don't you try jogging/running? It's whole different level of exercise and can be fun :D

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7/19/12 1:29 P

I enjoy walking, treadmill or outside, it helps clear my mind and makes me feel better. I used to do it everyday. I think I'm growing bored because I'm not excited about it anymore and I'm down to like 3 times a week. I am also afraid that I don't burn enough calories or bring my heart rate up enough for it to be an effective exercise. I walk fast enough break a sweat, not sure about the heart rate yet, working on getting that right. How can I make my walking routine work for me?

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