This article is so right on! After many months of inactivity (a new job that was very stressful and sedentary), I suddenly started seeing a frightening trend in that my ankles would be horrifically swollen at the end of the day. It made me feel so OLD!!! (I am 47, but STILL!)
I did three things: got back on track with SP, got back to drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and set my pedometer app on my phone to 6000 steps. Drinking the water made my bladder tell me to get up :) and I'd take the absolute LONGEST route I could to the bathroom -- down two floors -- and then take the LONGEST way back -- outside and around the building! Since Thanksgiving I've lost 15 pounds, and the swollen ankles are a thing of the past! Once I feel very comfortable with 6000 steps, I'll up it to 7000 with an ultimate goal of 10000 steps a day; I read somewhere that that is ideally what you want for optimal health. But I've seen GREAT results at just 6000 (about 2.6 miles total). Just walk!
my doctor warned me at my last physical that i needed to watch my blood pressure. it was still normal but it was on the high side of normal and it wouldnt take much to get it out of the normal range. so i started working out every day doing something and not putting salt on my food since everything has enough salt. i just had my blood pressure tested last week and i was perfectly normal. right where i should be for my age and weight. my doctor asked what i did different and i told her and she told me to just keep it up and as i drop weight my blood pressure will go down even further.
This article is so "right on!" After one year at Curves my blood pressure is down, my glucose is so improved I have moved from "diabetic" to "pre-diabetic" and I am off the cholesterol medication. Also had my best bone scan of my life! And lost 23 lbs. Yeah!
Dragonracer56 you are a motivator!! Thanks for sharing and I hope you've joined out team at goal and maintaing!! Great people on our team who care and keep us where we want to be!! Keep up the good work!! : ) ginny
8/24/2012 11:30:06 AM
hi to all of u. I am 56 years old i can honestly say since i have stepped up my activities this year I have lost 31 pounds since christmas. I have taken up training with the dragon boat team (two hours a week) and I work at least 5 to 6 days a week (5 to 6 hours a day)and I also walk 5kms a (48 mins) day.and I hike sometimes two to three times a week and ride my bike three to four times a week. I have watched my eating habits and I do not over eat and do not eat past 6pm. sometimes i enjoy a beer clamato after a walking in the evening. I eat alot of natural foods such as fruits and veggies and stayed away from potatoes and bread and sugars, except what comes from fruit and veggies.I will eat whole grain wraps stuffed with vegs and lean chicken that has the skin off and baked. stay away from fried food. i found that just stepping up your activities is the key to staying healthy and fit, anyone can do it,but they have to start out slow, go ask your doctor before starting any type of training. Stay safe and have fun and enjoy your life being active.
Hi all! I agree that moving is awesome for you, but I have high blood pressure and I get winded very easily and I'm getting light-headed a lot. I literally can't workout for 30 minutes (and I used to be able to do it 2 months ago!). What should I do? Btw I'm 37 y.o.
Used to walk sporatically by myself but it was too easy to postpone/procrastinate. Now I walk (regular and Nordic) with two Meetup groups - when others are counting on you to be there, and you have company to walk with, it makes walking easier.
Since April 2010, I have been walking 5 km per day minimum of 4 days a week. I have not lost weight but I can now walk a 12 min km or 5 km in an hour - I was struggling to do 3 km comfortable when I started.
While I have not lost weight I can now comfortably buckle my belt in the third hole - and I have a lot more energy. Walking is now a 'habit' - next is really paying attention to calorie intake. My doctor will not take be off BP medicine until I drop the weight!
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