Confessions of a Walmart Walker

By YaYaSkidz Latest Reply 2010-08-03 15:37:26 -0500
Started 2010-08-03 11:20:11 -0500

I see many people asking about exercise. Exercise GOOD! But I've had to overcome a few problems. First, I am poor (teacher) in both money and time. So I am a Walmart Walker. At least three times a week I go to Walmart, Giant Eagle, Lowes — big stores! - and I walk the store. They are air conditioned in the summer, warm in the winter. Second, I prefer a store to the mall because of the shopping cart. I have neuropathy and use a cane. At the mall I gimp along but in a store I can use the cart to walk with good balance. (I put my walker in the basement). Third, I can't do walking trails because often you are alone — sometimes I get muscle spasms and so I need to walk where there are people and a place to sit down is reasonably close. Fourth, I walk the store once (about 3,000 steps/half and hour) and then wiz around and do my shopping saving time by combining shopping and walking.

So I am a Walmart Walker. Its not as fun as water aerobics and probably not as consistent as a treadmill but I just wanted to remind us all that we need to work past the excuses and solve problems with creativity and good heart.

We also started a Walk-the-Halls After school group. After school a small group of teachers walk the school from stem to stern - about 1/2 an hour. Whoever is able, walks that day. I also have a pedometer race with the math teacher every year. We total each week and go for the blue ribbon (hung on our door - the kids know and cheer us on).

I also use my Richard Simmons tape and do it sitting down sometimes when my feet are bad. Just lifting your hands above your head and moving everything you can is good for you!

Any other creative/unusual ideas to beat the excuses in exercise?

Tags: weight loss

3 replies

Harlen 2010-08-03 13:15:25 -0500 Report

Way to go
That is great and a great way to get it done.
Them that do well with less do it with the brain Thank you for teaching our kids.
We need more like you!!!
Best wishes

bright and light
bright and light 2010-08-03 12:18:57 -0500 Report

You are very clever and very determined. Keep up the good work! Getting exercise is very difficult for me. I have a very bad back and weakened thighs because of a combination of fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, degenerative disk disease, osteoporosis and who knows that else. I can only stand or walk for a few minutes then have to sit down until the pain subsides. I'd never make it around the perimeter of a store. I am trying, though. I live in a mobile home
and "walk" the hallway 20 to 30 times a day. It isn't much, but it's better than nothing. I also have some stretching exercises I can do (when I remember).

YaYaSkidz 2010-08-03 15:37:26 -0500 Report

You definitely need to try Richard Simmons in a chair! Just seat yourself and stretch and clap and move as much as you can in your chair. You can do it! On really bad days I can't do a tour of the store either. Hang in there.