Is someone willing to share their struggle to go for walks and how they overcame the struggle?

By Starlyt Latest Reply 2014-04-01 17:06:29 -0500
Started 2014-03-21 13:02:32 -0500

I just have the hardest time going for a walk! I used to walk all the time, then an incident happened with a dog and I haven't walked since. I know it will to wonders for the Diabetes.

14 replies

Starlyt 2014-04-01 17:06:29 -0500 Report

Hi Yote and welcome. I am new also since last week. I haven't been on a bike since I was 8 yr. Now I am 62 and living in an apartment, no room for a bike. It would be fun and lots of laughs. ;-)

Yote 2014-04-01 15:05:37 -0500 Report

I'm new but I have a suggestion. Why not ride a bike? It's great exercise and fun

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-24 16:07:54 -0500 Report

My only struggle to go for walks is the weather. I haven't been able to walk outside all winter due to ice and snow, a bad knee, and numbness in my leg. Now that I see Sunshine peeking around the corner I see walking outside again. Oh WOW! Daffodils are starting to bloom. Birds are singing, and my neighbors are starting to walk outside again too. YEAH!!! Where's my walking stick!!!

Starlyt 2014-03-24 16:19:00 -0500 Report

Hi Trudie Ann, you have a walking stick? What does it look like and where did you get it. I have bad knees also. I usually take Advil in the afternoon to get some relief. It last exactly 4 hours. You are so right that noticing the beautiful nature around is worth the walk. Take care of your self. ♥

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-24 16:41:59 -0500 Report

I actually bought my walking stick at a yard sale for 1$. It is wood with a beautiful wood-grain pattern. It is about 6 ft. tall and 3 in. diameter, very strong and very light weight. I have seen them sell for a whole, whole lot more so I am very glad to have found it.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-24 11:45:46 -0500 Report

HI Star; All the answers here are good. As a retired Vet Tech I can tell you this. The ammonia spray is by far the best. Square in the face if you can. That's for the average dog but if you run across a mean pit bull or rotty or any large dog that's out to get you (or anyone) your best defense is pepper spray. I would carry both. With pepper spray you don't have to hit the face, (it's best if you do) one good blast and that's all it takes. Hope I've been some help.

Starlyt 2014-03-24 16:02:53 -0500 Report

Hi Valentine, this is Starlyt, thank you for your perspective. I think it would be good to carry pepper spray. I live in a wooded area so dogs are given the freedom to run without a leash. I just never know when it might be a problem for me. So I opt not to go at all and use this as my excuse not to exercise. I'm being very honest here. I believe my diabetes 2 would get better faster if I walked. So why is it so…hard to go do it?? Take care. ♥

jayabee52 2014-03-24 16:23:34 -0500 Report

as an alternive to getting no exercise have you given some thought to a treadmill or an eliptical machine. Unless the dogs can break into your house, they can't get you there.

jigsaw 2014-03-22 08:25:26 -0500 Report

A water pistol for small dogs, and pepper spray for the big nasty ones!

Starlyt 2014-03-23 17:45:58 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone for your wonderful stories and great ideas. I do not want to hurt any animals so I think I will try the vinegar and water idea. I really want to get into spring by taking walks. Bless you all. ♥

jayabee52 2014-03-23 21:44:48 -0500 Report

Howdy Star
You may not want to hurt animals (read dogs here) but you may find that they may hurt you. They think they're protecting their territory and their owners, and if your defenses are inadequate against the dogs you may end up with a nasty set of injuries, depending on the dog and its capabilities. You need something which stops them in their tracks when they attack and the vinegar may not "cut the mustard" for that purpose.

I'd hate to see you on the injured list!

Chopstix 2014-03-21 19:30:59 -0500 Report

Have you tried a spray bottle with vinegar and water in it? I pulled up to a shipper one day in North Carolina and there was a pack of dogs by where I had to check in. Since I didn't know that they were friendly, I grabbed the bottle I always kept in the truck sleeper for cleaning. I added some more vinegar to it and stepped out. About five feet from the truck they started towards me. I put the sprayer on stream and aimed for the biggest one's face and sprayed. After I did two more the same way they ran. After I found who I needed to see about picking up I was told that the dogs lived in the area and like to hang out there when it rains. Every time I raised my hand with the spray bottle they would run. They did turn out to be quite friendly. The thing is though, I drove for that company and never went back in there. I have three one plus mile courses that I walk and have not had that problem so far. Have you thought about pepper spray? I kind of remember seeing a hand held electronic device some years ago that is suppose to make charging dogs run away. Never did find out if it works and I don't know if it is still being made. Best of luck to you…

jayabee52 2014-03-22 11:20:02 -0500 Report

I used to ride bicycle long distance and the dogs at many farmhouses would come out on the county roads and try to nip at my feet or legs. I kept a small squeeze bottle containing ammonia on my handlebars and when they'd come out on the road they'd get a face full of ammonia. That stopped them right away. Eventually the dogs I went by frequently got to know me and stay away.

jayabee52 2014-03-21 15:21:36 -0500 Report

Howdy Star
I have burning neuropathy in my feet, so I try to stay off of them as much as I am able. Have you tried mall walking? I used to do that before my neuro got so bad. There are also videos on you tube which are standing and those which are catering to those who are seated. Just go to you tube and use their search function for suggestions you can follow.

God's best to you!

James Baker