Keeping Track of My Adventure

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    Keeping Track of My Adventure

    I walk up to 12 miles a day for my job, so I’m pretty good with cardio. My main focus is to round out my days with flexibility and strength training, since I kinda want to survive until retirement at this place and my knees are already sounding like rice krispies when I bend them. Other important factor is nutrition. Because, dude, you can’t eat entire pizzas and 2 pints of Ben & Jerry’s for dinner every night to make up for the calories you burn and not expect your pants to give out a work, (been there, done that, laughed with my coworkers while tying my sweater around my waist…).

    Phase I: Let’s get Stretchy!

    *Morning Stretches
    *Hamstring Stretches
    *Part II of Knee Savers

    Mainly done after my first cup of coffee in the morning. Takes about 7-8 1/2 minutes to complete as long as I remember to reset my timer.
    I have done my morning routine for 3 days straight and can now stand on my hands during the forward bends (I’m short to begin with). It’s helped a lot while at work since my quads and hammies don’t get as tight while walking anymore.
    Have already started to plan out my daily workouts for the next phase.

    Goal: Eventually do AM/PM stretching routine and add in Shark Week to the mix until I’m ready to add in strength training.


    #2
    I am 55 and walk lots at my job (although not as much as you do). I find flexibility training is so important. I do some yoga moves and even do hamstring stretches at work on my breaks.

    What kind of work do you do where you walk so much?

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      #3
      Hi Cowtownbaddy!

      I've been working as a mail carrier for the last 3 years, 4 in March. My route is what we call a "park and loop" (I drive to a set point on the route, gather the mail and parcels I need for that section and then deliver everything and wind up back at my vehicle), so that's how i get so many miles in a day.

      I loved doing yoga and flexibility exercise when I was younger, (I'm now 38), so when I decided to get back into working out I figured I better start with that first.

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        #4
        Oof! My start time at work is now 0630 and end time is anytime... Gotta love Christmas and the 12+ hour days.

        Now I've gone from walking up to 12 miles a day to 16 miles day, and my knee isn't too happy with that. But I get to see the sunrise AND sunset during my shift.

        Yesterday after I got home and took my shower I did all 3 stretching routines plus Shark Week. Then promptly fell asleep. I figure this workout schedule should be pretty good for the rest of December.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Mightymite View Post
          Oof! My start time at work is now 0630 and end time is anytime... Gotta love Christmas and the 12+ hour days.

          Now I've gone from walking up to 12 miles a day to 16 miles day, and my knee isn't too happy with that. But I get to see the sunrise AND sunset during my shift.

          Yesterday after I got home and took my shower I did all 3 stretching routines plus Shark Week. Then promptly fell asleep. I figure this workout schedule should be pretty good for the rest of December.

          Mightymite...Did you ever try wearing a brace on your knee? They sell pretty good one's at drug stores that may provide some warmth and support that could help you get through the tough days ahead?

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            #6
            Originally posted by Mightymite View Post
            But I get to see the sunrise AND sunset during my shift.
            There's something positive in every situation.

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              #7
              Cowtownbaldie Yeah, I have a couple knee braces somewhere around the house. I try not to wear them unless I absolutely have to because I found them to be kinda clunky when I'm moving around so much. I also have noticed that when my knees start to bother me going up steps its usually the mechanics of how I move up the stairs vs arthritis sneaking up on me (and trust me I know its getting close, my knees sound like rice krispies when I bend them).

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