Hi bees! Who wants to join me in the “Walk 30-min a Day for 30 Days Challenge”?? Today marks Day 1 for me, I walked 30 min downtown Seattle on my lunch break. To avoid stopping at crosswalks, I would just walk in whatever direction had the “walk” sign on the crosswalk, which ended up taking me all over the place! 🙂
For anyone who feels up to the challenge, check in every day saying where you walked! Also, feel free to post your starting weight, goal weight, and end weight. I don’t have a scale but I weighed myself this weekend at my Mom’s house and it said 143. My goal is 120. I know I won’t get there just by walking every day for a month (wouldn’t that be nice??), but I think its more about getting the habit started and easing into things.
Feel free to share other tips like your favorite ipod playlist for power walking, what times of day you go, or how to make yourself get up and move when you just don’t feel like it.
Great idea! At the beginning of 2011, I started a challenge where I had to do 100 days of a minimum of 30 minutes a day of physical activity. Needless to say, it’s close to the end of the year, and I haven’t missed a day. During the spring/summer/fall, I walked pretty much everywhere. It does take longer to see results with just walking, but any little bit helps. I’m down 75 lbs!
Five years ago, I lost about 60 pounds. I maintained that weight loss for nearly 4 years, just by walking 30-45 minutes a day and watching my portion sizes (not really dieting). No aerobics, no running, no gym, no other exercise program. Just walking! In the past year I stopped walking regularly and gained some of the weight back. So I want to get back on track, specially because it’s an exercise I actually enjoy. I will start today!
I lost 30 lbs and have kept it off for about a year or so. I am 145 now, I would REALLY like to be 130-135. I have been SO busy at work that I haven’t been to the gym!! I do, however walk to and from work every day. Well, almost every day… I drive when it’s raining. It’s about 18 minutes each way, so just over 30 minutes a day. So I will do that and hopefully hit the gym a little too when things calm down! 😉
This is a great idea! I used to run 3-5 miles every day when I was younger but started freaking out about my knees and joints. My chest has always been larger and it’s NEVER been comfortable to run (I had to wear 2 sports bras) so walking has always been a great alternative.
I recently started doing a program by Leslie Sansone. I’ve only had it a little over a week and I can definitely feel it. I initially got it because I didn’t want to walk in the snow and risk slipping on ice (I did this last year and it was pretty bad). Anyway, I thought the walking at home bit was overhyped and what could it really do for me… well, she kicks your butt!
Most of it’s cardio so it doesn’t require much other than tennis shoes and moving your body. I’ve been very surprised at how effective it’s been in such a short amount of time. She’s got a cute personality and the time really does fly by… I did/do 32 minutes without realizing it.
It’s not just walking in place so it doesn’t get boring and the DVD I bought comes with a strength/firm band and I know other resistance bands are helpful. It was less than $11 at Walmart and I don’t have to feel like a doofus in a gym.
I searched YouTube so it gives you a sampling of what it’s like. I got the “Walk it Off & Tone it Up” DVD that has a 5 mile calorie burning walk w/ the total body slim down. It breaks it up so you can choose 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 mile increments. So far, I’ve been doing miles 1 and 2 once a day for the last 8 or 9 days. The music is timed so you’re averaging 15 minute miles and they give you little notices/distance marks.
I hope you have your walking shoes on!! Today marks Day 2 for me. I’m fighting a headcold but am still planning to walk 30 min on my lunch break today. Hope you all have time to fit a walk in today!
And now, for your “Walking Fact of the Day”:
If you add 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, you can burn about 150 calories a day. At that rate, you’d lose about 1/3 of a pound (0.15 kilogram) a week. The more you walk and the quicker your pace, the more calories you’ll burn.
If you also manage to cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you’d lose an additional 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). The good thing is, 500 calories is NOT THAT MUCH!! Just cut out one fatty thing a day and you could see a difference!!
Hi again ladies! I just got back from my walk! After 25 min of dodging shoppers downtown Seattle, i made it back to my work and then took the stairs (6 flights!) to make up for quitting 5 min early. Now i’m in my cubicle trying not to pass out, lol.
Hope everyone else made their goals for the day, I would love to hear about it!!
I think this sounds like something I really should do! If I can get myself to at least walk every day for 30 days, that should give me the motivation to do more! 🙂 Before I saw this thread, this afternoon I went to a local school track and did a walk a lap/jog a lap thing until I hit one mile. So, can I count that as Day #1? lol
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