walking , how long and how often?

By highlandcitygirl Latest Reply 2011-03-20 23:14:48 -0500
Started 2008-12-07 16:59:38 -0600

i was interested to know if someone had any idea how much walking would you have to do for it to help. i am havivg a hard time with it because of polyneuropathy.

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Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-04 15:07:28 -0600 Report

Well I started walking on the 1st. I did 20 mins. Got my new pedometer on and on the 2nd walk a whole total of 1002 steps and past out cold with a BG of 23. I probably could of did more, but I had to get 2 stitches in my head. Yeaterday had to take a break and walkes 747 steps. Mom took me walining today and I hit 1307 steps today..No marathon for me yet, but giving it a "Run" for the money…Debe

ojude2 2009-01-02 02:01:43 -0600 Report

My endocrinologist and podiatrist advised walking for 10 minutes 4-5 times,
wearing a pedometer, and recording my steps in my glucose testing diary as well as how I felt during the walk. Best advice? Ask your doctor or diabetes care team!

G Thomas
G Thomas 2008-12-27 10:37:12 -0600 Report

Also Ladies/Gents,
there is something else to add to your 30/45 mins. of walking to help you drop lbs. without even thinking about it. Get a box of cheap garbage bags (according to your size) a bottle of cheap thick lotion ,Sauve is usually cheap and lotion up. Especially the areas where you want to lose inches/lbs.. After you lotion up wrap yourself in that bag. Open it up so it covers the area. You might have to tape it or not. For full body I just cut a hole in the top of the bag and slip it on poke out the arm parts, put on your undies ,tee shirt shorts. pants etc. sneakers and get to walking. The cheaper the bag the less the noise as you walking. Once you are done remove bag and be surprised at the water that falls out of that bag. Rinse your bag pieces in the shower hang to dry and repeat as often as you walk. I lost 45lbs. in 3 months walking 1 hour a day after dinner and snacks and a diet drink if I got hungry later but nothing more. Popcorn worked great with a diet drink for a snack. Also it is very important that you eat before dark. That way your food is gone before bed.

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-27 10:42:31 -0600 Report

i am busting a gut laughing! this is a great idea! and the neighbors who want to stop me to talk will take a gander at my get up and shy away!

SkipT 2008-12-08 03:09:47 -0600 Report

Tests have shown that walking is a cumulative thing. You should do at least 30 minutes a day, but you don't have to do it all at once. You can break it down into 10 minute segments and still get the benefits.

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Anonymous 2008-12-07 18:56:25 -0600 Report

Do you have a y or a sports place or mall with a indoor track or walk in the mall where it is climate comtrolled. Or instaed of walking do you have a community indoor pool. The heated water would really feel good to your legs and the walkign would be so much easier in the water. And sometimes they have a hot tub or sauna yiu can sit in sftrwards.

GabbyPA 2008-12-07 19:05:10 -0600 Report

Having a spa or indoor track it great, but for me, excuse queen...getting in my car and going is a pain. So I walk around my house. I have a nice little indoor track of my own that I just zone out, and walk. Then rain or shine, heat or cold and even light or dark...I can walk and I have no reason not to.

I do like the handle idea...I will have to see if I have anything that works that way.

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-07 19:11:31 -0600 Report

i don't have a car for my own personal use. but if i did ,the warm water sounds like a good idea. i think i will check into this and then find a ride if i can.

GabbyPA 2008-12-07 18:45:26 -0600 Report

I worked my way up to walking 30-45 minutes every day in a routine. Then I make sure that I am active during my day. I try not to sit on my butt for more than a couple of hours at a time.

Now I am also working on my balance and agility and strength. Adding a little strength for my arms with canned veggies! LOL Also, a goal of balancing on one foot for 3 minutes. I know that would not be a consideration for you at this time, but you never know.

So you are doing great. Fast or not, no matter...just get moving and that makes a huge difference.

Anonymous 2008-12-07 18:52:43 -0600 Report

Instead of veggies, you could also use a full coffee canister the ones with the handle. also 2 liters of soda or water. just a helpful suggestion.

patti 2008-12-07 19:46:10 -0600 Report

Hey Gabby
I walk 30 to 45 mins a day also but I used 1 16 oz bottle of water in each hand…this way I can drink while I walk..

GabbyPA 2008-12-07 19:58:24 -0600 Report

Good idea. I keep mine on the counter as I pass by I take a swig. So this is a good way to do both. My bottles are smaller around than the cans.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-07 17:04:09 -0600 Report

As much and as often as you can tolerate is best, but some is better than none. To get started, walk in short spurts - 15-30 mins. here and there, several times a day. You will be amazed at how much that will help. It helps so much physically and mentally. Helps to lift your spirits! And you also benefit by knowing that you're taking steps to improve your health - a sense of pride in what you have accomplished, no matter how minimal in the beginning. Good luck!

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-07 17:11:23 -0600 Report

why, thank you very much! i have been walking most days for 30 minutes, i was afraid it wasn't enough! i can't go very fast, as i have a cane an am afraid of falling down, which i have been known to do. not doing it so much as to lose weight, but just to keep my ability to walk.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-07 17:16:00 -0600 Report

You're exactly right. You need to keep yourself up and moving no matter what. And, yes, 30 mins. a day is good for you. If you come to a point where you can add a few minutes, great! I understand what you're going through. My mom was unable to get out and about for a number of years before she passed away (eyesight, leg problems), and she really suffered with stiffness and lack of circulation, etc. Keep it up!!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-07 17:26:55 -0600 Report

What a nice thing to say. I am definitely a child of God and count on Him continuously for the strength and courage and wisdom to do what I want and need to do. It can all be snatched away so quickly, and I want to make the most of my life. My church and my volunteer work (and family and friends, of course) are what keep me going. I'm glad to know He's your strength and comfort too!

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-07 17:29:54 -0600 Report

yes indeed! if it wasn't for the love of JESUS i would have killed myself a few years back. sometimes bad things happen to good people and it can really shake you up.

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