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28 Sep 2009, 1:06 am

they say walking is the best exercise for you.

That's a steamy stinky load. I just got home from a two and a half hour walk and according to an on-line "calories burned" calculator, I only burned about 1,500 calories.

Gimme my basal metabolic rate any day - just sitting on my butt all day doing nothing. I'd burn more calories that way



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28 Sep 2009, 1:09 am

:lol:

But it's more than just calories. Sitting on your arse doesn't improve your cardio. It doesn't exercise your heart and lungs and your major muscle groups. ;)

I love walking. It helps me think. I plug into my iPod and off I go. 8)



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28 Sep 2009, 1:23 am

Swimming burns a bit more.



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28 Sep 2009, 1:29 am

I consider my butt a major muscle group.

:lol:

That's 8 freakin' miles of thinking.



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28 Sep 2009, 1:30 am

digger1 wrote:
they say walking is the best exercise for you.

That's a steamy stinky load. I just got home from a two and a half hour walk and according to an on-line "calories burned" calculator, I only burned about 1,500 calories.

Gimme my basal metabolic rate any day - just sitting on my butt all day doing nothing. I'd burn more calories that way


A sedentiary person of average size burns around 1500 calories in a 24 hour period. You burned the same amount in 2.5 hours! That's huge. A workout where you burn 1500 calories is very very effective. Keep it up three times a week, and don't eat junk, and you'll see some real results.

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28 Sep 2009, 1:37 am

digger1 wrote:
I consider my butt a major muscle group.

:lol:

That's 8 freakin' miles of thinking.


And don't you feel great? :lmao:

I get bored easily so I have to switch it up. I walk, jog, swim, cycle, salsa dance, pilates etc.. It all depends on my mood that day. It's usually one day of cardio, next day weights, and back and forth I go.



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28 Sep 2009, 1:38 am

I don't have a car so I have to walk to get anywhere.

Except it's almost impossible the way everything is so spread out. I've even had to hitch for rides b/c of weather making it almost impossible.

I guess it depends on the person though. If you don't view it like a job you might enjoy it. I love to walk around the lake with music blasting through my headphones.


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28 Sep 2009, 3:07 am

I have my own theory about another benefit of walking. It operates sort of like EMDR.

I've always been a walker and it never fails to make me feel good. I think it has something to do with alternate movement.



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28 Sep 2009, 3:30 am

thats why I ride a bike, why walk when you could ride



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28 Sep 2009, 9:55 am

picture this:

very light rain, heavy wind, dead of night going out for a walk in rural Maine... Started at 11:30. Got home at 2

I tried making it to a famous general store which you may have seen the sign for;
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...which is about 12 miles from my house.

I made it only 4 or so miles up. 8 total.

Did you know that fireflies live up to and possibly later than mid-September? Walking along, I could see them glowing on the side of the road on and off.



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28 Sep 2009, 10:18 am

^ :lol: I've never seen that before. That's hilarious.

I love fireflies. We don't get them at my house but when I go to the cottage in the summer you can see them near the beach. My favourite thing to do is to just sit and watch them and listen to the water.



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28 Sep 2009, 10:20 am

Oh, that was 11:30 PM...



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28 Sep 2009, 10:49 am

digger1 wrote:
they say walking is the best exercise for you.

That's a steamy stinky load. I just got home from a two and a half hour walk and according to an on-line "calories burned" calculator, I only burned about 1,500 calories.

Gimme my basal metabolic rate any day - just sitting on my butt all day doing nothing. I'd burn more calories that way


1500 calories is the daily intake of some diets; even on a relatively indulgent diet, that is half of what one consumes in a day burned at that time, w/o taking any other processes into account. I'd say that is pretty damn good exercise, plus the cardiovascular contribution to improving one's health.


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28 Sep 2009, 12:41 pm

digger1 wrote:
picture this:

very light rain, heavy wind, dead of night going out for a walk in rural Maine... Started at 11:30. Got home at 2


That sounds like my kind of walk \m/


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28 Sep 2009, 4:08 pm

roadracer wrote:
thats why I ride a bike, why walk when you could ride

yes! bike riding rocks! i live in a crowded city so it's a bit hard for me, though. almost get hit, you know.



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28 Sep 2009, 11:19 pm

....dude, 1500 calories is a lot of calories to burn off-I think the daily caloric intake is like 3-4000 calories or something....Plus when I was fat in high school I started taking two hour walks each day and I was at a normal weight two months later. Plus it makes you feel better, even if the walk is boring...and if one long walk is boring, try walking in circumstances you'd be driving, taking the elevator,taking the bus etc.