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Old 10-13-2005, 08:38 AM   #31
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I just got back from a walk to find your message. For my inner thighs I stand with my feet about 2 to 3 feet apart and stretch as far as I can side to side. After I get the muscles used to it I go faster. Find music with a beat you can keep up with. I started out doing 30 reps. Then 60 reps. Now I do this to some songs I have that are 4 mins. long. I also noticed when doing squats (with no weights) that it also stretches that part of your leg along with that inner part of your knees that can look like you have a big goose egg there. Don't extend your knee past your foot when doing these. I also stand on a step and hang by my toes and let my heels drop as far as I can to get a good stretch on the back of the calf and legs.
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Old 10-13-2005, 08:54 AM   #32
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We've just found that our new insurance will pay for a health or fitness club for my dh and me. I want to choose exactly the right one - with staff that can help us to do what we need to do properly. I don't think that is going to be easy to find. I would like a wide range of choices, water activities, etc. I hope it will help to get us off some of our medications.
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Old 10-13-2005, 12:42 PM   #33
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I am thankful I have friends here who know what I am trying to achieve. i just want to maintain my health and keep excess weight off. But NO! Since the dog has to have diabetes shot at the same time everyday I can't leave the house until after 8 to go for walk. I have been walking in cemetery like I said and it is not funny when someone with dirt mover aims the stupid thing right where you are walking. He doesn't like his job and so he doesn't want me doing what I want so he plays games with the machine. He thinks he is capable of doing more even t hough he acts so immature. Today, I had enough and I called the administration office and told them about it. If they don't do anything I'll have to call the police or the owner. If my grave and my family were not up there they may have some reason for saying not to go there. Everyone who has people there say they don't know why anyhone should say something. I am in such a nervous state when I get home from there. Surprises me how it affects my day.

Von Glassoff. I am happy you get to walk in peace. I am doing the exercises you suggest as well. Since most of you have gone to fitness centers I don't have to call t hem for help. I have ordered the CD you play and hope I can keep up with it. I have never heard of them but I bet the kids have. When were they popular? I listen to Tina turner as her music is both slow and fast. It does help. Everytime I play it I think I should be exercising. Thanks for advice and won't lose this thread I hope.
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Old 10-15-2005, 10:27 AM   #34
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It isn't easy. When we were on the road I made music tapes to walk to, to overcome the boredom that sets in whith almost any exercise program. My tapes had (have) everything on them: Classic, C&W, old rock-n-roll, some odds and ends -- everything from Creedence Clearwater Revival through Wagner (hey, love the Flight of the Valkyres for walking!!) through Doly Parton. It has to have a certain rhythm and an upbeat feeling. Slow and quiet is for when you get through with your walk and are sitting around with a cup of coffee or (in my case) LARGE ice water.

Classes are great because you form freindships where people put you to shame if you don't show up. "Claire, where were you Monday ... we were going to send out the medics!" (a party the night before left me lethargic).

Most men know this without needing to be told: One of the best things women can do for themselves is learn a little weight lifting. So many women my age and older are still afraid of weights. It is good for your bones, good for your muscles. Nothing gets rid of those underarm bags better than a good weight program. I learned to do it early because I was a sole woman in military gyms and fitness centers. It is the single thing you can do in a new fitness routine that, if you've never done it before, will show you something in the mirror (so many women get discouraged because they aren't seeing results). I don't mean the heavy-duty stuff, I mean buy a set that has a 3 and a 5 lb weight. Eventually you'll want more!
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Old 10-15-2005, 07:56 PM   #35
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Walk

Where do walk? We have no sidewalks so we have to walk on side of road. That is why I walked in cemetery. Now that is stopped so I am wondering do I walk back on the street? Tried to walk at high school but got to boring. Some people smoke while they walk at the high school track. That one I really never understood. I noramally like to walk by myself as when I start with someone they poop out on me and then I feel lost. Doing things alone seems to bring best results.
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Old 10-16-2005, 07:31 AM   #36
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I'm saddened that we have built walking out of our communities. I often feel that I'm a lone voice when it comes to this subject. I did purposefully look for a community to live in where I could walk, and often people think I'm sort of the village eccentric because we (hubby agrees) walk anywhere it is practical to. ITK, I didn't mean to make light of your situation. I really have walked many cemetaries and never ran into anyone, including greiving families, who thought I was intrusive or didn't belong there. It is sad that you have run into that problem. I wish everyone who thinks of fitness as something you have to belong to a gym, or have a workout "routine" to do, would start to look in their own front yards and imagine taking a walk. If everyone would think about it when they get in the car to go to get a bite to eat. Perhaps most especially if they get in their car to join friends for a drink. We need communities that allow us to walk to our basic neccesities. They're fading fast.
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:22 AM   #37
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I don't think I posted this before, but I started walking in my neighborhood in the mid 70's when it was still really country. At first I would ride a mile with my dh in the am and walk back home before I went to work. When the schedules changed and this wasn't possible, I started walking in the afternoon. One day as I was walking, a sherriff's deputy pulled up next to me and stopped. I couldn't imagine why he had stopped and said to him "Don't tell me I was speeding". He laughed and said he was just patrolling the neighborhood and to enjoy my walk. Dh couldn't decide whether to be glad they were patrolling or wonder why he had stopped. After that they just waved when they saw me walking. Many people would come by and offer me a ride thinking I must need one. But now so many people in the area walk, including my dh who walkes over 4 miles every morning. I limit mine to the treadmill now.
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Old 10-17-2005, 06:26 AM   #38
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I often get offers of rides from well-meaning people who think I'm desperate if I'm on foot. Since I started writing a column in the local paper, most people now know I really DO want to WALK, and sometimes pull up to chat. It is only a few blocks from our house to Main Street, and the walking is beautiful here. But almost all drive it anyway, even though they will drive to a park to take an "exercise" walk. ??????? Am I nuts, or are they?
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Old 10-17-2005, 10:56 AM   #39
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Claire, according to the people today we are the ones who are nuts for walking, especially when it is in the neighborhood. Everyone thinks they should go to club to exercise. All costs money and they are so brainwashed that they go to the health club to walk. I don't think that all the clubs are of no value but for walking? i am really frustrated that I have had that trouble with the guy working there. It all started when he started making comments about what I was wearing and then it just continued to get worse. I don't think he can take authority or be told that he shouldn't do something. I am so worried that if I try to visit my mom's grave or something he will be so mad that he will act ually run me over he has that kind of mentality. He doesn't realize I am not his problem. He is upset that he doesn't have job that gives more satisfaction.

Trying to walk on the street is challenge but people do do it. They really have no choice. When I was younger without car I had to walk. I realize now may have been blessing. Guess I should be aware of them more than I do.

licia, can't you walk with your dh when he does? Don't let others bother you. Have to have strong mind as well as body.
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Old 10-20-2005, 05:11 PM   #40
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If you have to walk on the street, without sidewalks, I have a few hints to make it safer. I add here that I have done it all over the country, on all kinds of roads, and it can be very dangerous.

#1 is most often unknown. Pedestrians are supposed to walk FACING THE TRAFFIC, on the left side of the road. This way both you and the driver know that you see the car.

#2. If you use a walkman (and I always did), keep it low enough that you can hear the cars coming up behind you.

#3. Wear something bright and highly visible. Yellow is one of the most visible colors on the road. I don't care if beige, black and gray are your normal wardrobe colors. Give it up for something people can really see, even neons.

#4. This one can save your life ... if a car is approaching you, and you hear one coming up behind you (the reason for the walkman being low if you use one) on a narrow road, stop walking for a second and step aside. Chances are neither driver will see you because they're distracted by each other.

#5. Use all personal safety measures that you know about. Never assume a dog you meet is freindly, no matter what an animal lover you are. Look all people full in the face and say hello (don't act like a victim, but a strong, confident person). Stay in well-lit areas if you have to go out after dark. If you do, carry a flashlight, there are all kinds of those now that are easy to carry, strap on a belt, etc.

#6 is one I ignored terribly, but is important. When you go out walking by yourself in an area where people may not know you, find a way to attach some kind of ID to your person. It should have as a minimum your name (write it in your clothes with a sharpie, if nothing else). There are tags you can put in your shoes that have other important info.
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