I’ve been walking off and on trying to be steady in my exercise. A knee injury and some cold weather had me out of my routine. Then some mix-up with medication and well, motivation got wiped out.
A True Friend Shows Love At All Times
It seems just as I get into a routine, I’m dealing with depression or some other mind game. However, I got some verbal encouragement from a true friend this past Sunday. We should have and need this type of friend…one who you can honestly tell how it is, and will actually listen. A true friend that seems to love us for us (even though, we don’t know why and is always trying to help and has the best intentions. Their encouragement and support was what I needed to hear).
After talking to them, I was determined to get back on the horse so to speak and start walking again.
What Weighs You Down
I read in Prevention a while back that walking with one-tenth of your body weight can help burn ten percent more calories.
The claim: Wearing a weighted vest equivalent to 15% of your body weight may enable you to burn 12% more calories, according to a new study from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). ¹ Prevention.com fitness tips
My thinking got reinforced after reading an article in Men’s Health about weighted vest. Here is a quote from Joel Seedman, Ph.D., owner of Advanced Human Performance in Atlanta:
“Nothing will spike your heart rate quicker than wearing a weighted vest and climbing on a treadmill or Stairmaster.”
That meant, for me, weighing in at 320 lbs…I would need an extra 32 lbs. of dead weight for my walks.
But I did not have a weight belt, but I di have a lot of old backpacks. I did not want to overdo it. So, I thought instead of lugging around dead weight in the backpack, I would start with a gallon of water (8 pounds). Along with 5 pounds of dead solid weights at the bottom of the pack. IF at any time…on my walking the 4 miles if I get tired/thirsty, I could dump the water out.
Walking with the 12 pounds was nothing. Did it a few times then remembered I have two 15 lbs diving lead weights (30 lbs.) with the gallon of water (8 pounds)…now I’m good to go with a backpack full 38 pounds of dead weight.
Monday I would start to see if walking with weight will help work for me.
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(2014). Prevention.com. Burn 12% More Calories On Your Next Walk, from https://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/weighted-vest-increases-walking-workout-calorie-burn