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How To Walk 1,000 Miles for Exercise, Fun and Good Health

Updated on April 20, 2017

An Actual Nordic Track Exercise Routine (part 2 of 2)

this is an actual workout and milestone for me.  I walked 1.5 miles in less than 32 minutes - improved in calories and time over the first attempt
this is an actual workout and milestone for me. I walked 1.5 miles in less than 32 minutes - improved in calories and time over the first attempt | Source

An Actual Nordic Track Exercise Routine (part 1 of 2)

this is an actual workout and milestone for me.  I walked 1.5 miles in 32 minutes - the extra one second was due to pressing the stop button as the clock continued
this is an actual workout and milestone for me. I walked 1.5 miles in 32 minutes - the extra one second was due to pressing the stop button as the clock continued | Source

Talk The Talk and Walk The Walk With fitbit

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get fit by walk fit | Source

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.

YouTube - The Proclaimers (500 Miles)

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.

Pedometer Omron - An Inexpensive Health Meter

This inexpensive model is okay
This inexpensive model is okay | Source

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
  • anywhere with fitbit flex

Treadmill Walking Statistics to date (thru July 16th, 2014)

Time
Calories
Distance
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
My count down to 1,000 miles - Done!

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      DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Great hub. Voted up and interesting. I am lucky, I live near a great outdoor walk of 3.5 miles, with a climb of over 180 feet and My husband and I try to do this several times a week, occasionally more than once a day and i agree, walking is great. I am sorry to hear that 2010 was such a bad year for you and I agree that having an in-law to live with you is extremely stressful! So it is very interesting how you managed to improve your life by doing your walking and biking indoors. I also have a bike but haven't been on it for months, although i still do the walk several times a week. Do you think that getting Miss Negativity to do some exercise might help her? Yes, I know she is 90 but research has shown that exercise, including weightlifting, can be useful even in nonagenarians! Keeps them fit and better able to continue with good quality of life. Hope 2012 continues to be better for you.

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      clairewait 4 years ago from North Carolina

      It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who claim that they simply "can't" get active, when walking is one of the healthiest and easiest ways to include movement in our lives. Wish more people would take your advice.

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Hi DreamerMeg - wow kudos to you and your husband for for you continuous walks. Walking is one thing that is a natural to all of us since we have to do it every day - we might as well benefit from it right? Believe me I had to dust off the bike when I first started but now I only need to oil it periodically :) We tried to get Miss Negativity out several times and my wife even bought her sneakers but it did not work. The funny thing is Miss Negativity has a 97 year old sister and we cannot keep her in the house. As for me, I found a way to get consistent exercise into my life and am nearing the 1000 mile mark. Thanks for the conversation...cheers

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Hello clairewait - thanks for the great comment. I know that our lives are filled with home and work but you would think that something, as free as walking, would be a phenomenon - everyone likes free stuff - right? Thanks for taking time to comment...cheers

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      DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I am just reading a great book at the minute, (on my Kindle, on a regular train journey) and it was just talking about only doing things when the people who are socially like you are doing them too. The author talked about trying to get his little son to learn to swim but the child refused to get into the pool without his swim ring. So the father hired an ex lifeguard but the child still refused to go without his swim ring. One day, the child went to day camp and the father arrived early only to see his son jump off the diving board into the middle of the deep swimming pool. He raced over, ready to life save but the child was swimming to the side. His son just said "Hi dad. I learned to swim today. Tommy is 3 too, he can swim without a ring so I can too" It needed someone who looked like him to get the child to swim. There are videos on youtube of elderly women doing exercise. Here is a Youtube video of a woman in her 90's weightlifting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv2yRqwt0SA I aim to be like her but I have a few years to go yet.

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      This sounds like an interesting read and supports two real life examples: 1-A co-worker and I were discussing how society is a "flock nation" in that what someone will do others will do also...2-When I was in high school, our gym classes went on a field trip to practice map reading. We were all given a map of symbols and had to collect fifteen items. If there were 100 people, 98 of them started off in the same direction - 2 of us did not.

      Long story short - your point is well taken and we will try getting Miss Negative to a place where others will work on physical activity.

      Thanks and cheers

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      DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Good Luck!

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      irvinetraveller 4 years ago from California

      I love your video and admire the way you worked through difficult times. Praying that Miss Negative will start walking too.

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Hello irvinetraveller and thanks you for reading. I stopped walking long enough to write this hub ;) We keep working on Miss Negative. cheers and thanks again...

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      on August 18th, I walked my first of many 5k races...

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      on November 28th, I reached 50,000 calories burned...

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      mts1098 3 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      On August 17th, I walked my second 5k race...

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Good advice on walking. I like the way doing a good deed led to unpleasant consequences, but drove you to healthy walking activities. Life has its irony, this one was good.

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      mts1098 3 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      thank you grand old lady - I do appreciate the time you took to read and comment - who knows, maybe we will walk past one another one day - cheers

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      mts1098 2 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      closing in on 1,000 miles on the treadmill...as of July 8th 2014...995 miles!

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      mts1098 2 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Irony is reaching 1,000 miles walking on a treadmill exactly 2 years to the day after I published this hub...cheers

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      Susmitha 2 years ago

      I'm speechless. It is a very good blog and very enginagg too. Nice work! That's not actually much coming from an newbie writer like me, however it's all I may say after diving into your posts. Great grammar and vocabulary. Not like different blogs. You actually recognise what you?re speaking about too. Such a lot that you made me wish to explore more. Your blog has transform a stepping stone for me, my friend.

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      mts1098 2 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      thank you Susmitha - I wish you all the luck here and enjoy the walk...cheers!

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