How To Walk 1,000 Miles for Exercise, Fun and Good Health
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The Starting Line
When all this started, it was April of 2011 and we had just finished a very stressful 2010. I will not go into all the detail from 2010 but let me just say having a scheduled vacation canceled by your boss, losing a sibling to cancer and having your mother in law get ill all in the same year is more than I care to wish on anyone.
Back in January of 2011 is where this story begins. Living life with a negative outlook, like my mother in law has done all her life, finally got the best of her. She had been living by herself for more than 20 years but always had her friends and volunteer work to keep her occupied. The volunteer work stopped after my mother in law left her car in drive as she got out of the car for an appointment. Her car hit the back of another car but no one was injured. That was the last day that my mother in law drove and apparently the last day her volunteer "friends" stopped visiting. Without the day to day social interaction, at 90 years old, my mother in law became very depressed and lonely (more than usual). We, as a family, discussed the possibility of bringing her from her New Jersey home to say with us in our Pennsylvania home. We concluded that we had to try something so we packed the mother in law up and moved her in with us. This was a very difficult time for us and very stressful on my wife. After all, the wife and her mother had not really been best friends over the years and they did not become closer in the five months the mother in law was here. During the first three months, I grew tired of all the mother in law negative comments, door slamming and floor stomping so I made myself disappear into our home exercise room (the man cave was not created yet) with one goal in mind - to walk 1,000 miles to a better me.
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The Stationary Bike and Treadmill
I began walking as a way to relieve the daily stress that came along with Miss negativity (my mother in law) and I started with the treadmill. Because I am detail oriented, I decided to record the exercise activity for no other reason than I enjoy memorizing meaningless statistics. Here are the statistics of what I recorded on my first recorded exercise session in April of 2011.
- date: April 03, 2011
- exercise: stationary bike and treadmill
- duration: 29 minutes, 30 seconds
- calories burned: 110
- distance walked: 1 mile
- total distance: 1 mile
I kept going three to five days per week and even in the middle of May of 2011 (after Miss Negativity was healthy enough to go back home). It was the exercise session on April 14th of 2012 which pushed me over the 500 mile mark and here are the statistics from this personal milestone.
- date: April 14, 2012
- exercise: stationary bike and treadmill
- duration: 32 minutes, 0 seconds
- calories burned: 312
- distance rode: 6 miles
- total distance: 500 miles
By the time one year had passed, in April of 2012, I found that I rode and walked on a regular basis for 153 days (more than half a year). The treadmill was only half of the contributor to my new found fun. There was also a stationary bike and a new mentality for staying in shape for taking better care of myself. While the stationary bike was used about 25% of the time, it was the treadmill that was used for 75% of the indoor walking. What started out as a major stress relief turned into something that may help me in the long run.
Riding a stationary bike and walking on the treadmill are the exercise parts of taking better care of your body. There is also the diet and switching from a local grocery chain to Whole Foods in the Fall of 2011 helped me tremendously. We already had reduced our grocery budget to get rid of the excess and used the difference to upgrade our food supplier. We shop at Whole Foods now on a weekly basis and purchase 95% of our consumable products there, including fresh wild caught Salmon, Scallops, Shrimp, Swordfish and Tuna.
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Walking Ideas and Tips
So you do not have a room in your house that you can convert to a home gym or you do not have a treadmill to do daily exercise. If you are able, try any of these indoor or outdoor walking tips to help you walk to a better, leaner, sexier you. With regular exercise and a good diet you will have a healthier body and a stronger mind. Remember to buy an inexpensive Pedometer and bring it with you for your walks - You will be amazed how the walking miles add up.
- at the amusement park: walk the park
- at the campground: walk around the camp sites
- at coffee shop: use the parking lot not drive-thru
- at fast food places: use the parking lot not drive-thru
- at the gym: walk the track
- at home: use the Wii and step board to walk in place
- at home: walk in place for 30 minutes
- at home: walk around the block or neighborhood after dinner
- at home: walk to the store for the newspaper
- at the mall: park further away to gain extra walking time
- at the mall: walk the inside of the mall
- at the park: walk around the park
- at the kids dance rehearsal: walk around the dance floor
- at the kids karate class: walk around the building
- at the kids music lesson: walk around the class
- at the kids sports practice: walk around the area
- at vacation: walk to the bay or the beach
- at vacation: walk the deck of the cruise ship
- at work: park further away to gain extra walking time
- at work: walk a mile during lunch
- at work: walk to a nearby lunch place
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Treadmill Walking Statistics to date (thru July 16th, 2014)
Avg minutes 34:19:22.71
Avg calories 215.52
Avg miles 2.83
Tot minutes 12,150:20:00
Tot calories 76,294
Tot miles 1000.33
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