Walking for Weight-Loss?

My Fitness Journey day 59

Approximately 2 million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity, according to the World Health Organization. Sedentary lifestyles can be attributed to countless health problems, including increased risk of:

  • all-cause mortality
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • colon cancer
  • high blood pressure
  • osteoporosis
  • lipid disorders
  • depression
  • anxiety

On the other hand, walking just 7,500 steps a day (of which 3,000 of those—the equivalent of 30 minutes—should be done at a brisk pace) could be enough to prevent type II diabetes, according to a review published in Frontiers in Endocrinology

Instead of driving to the pharmacy yesterday, I walked. There’s a small meadow between my housing estate before going under a bridge into the next.

If it wasn’t for all the broken glass left smashed on the winding concrete path by teenagers and local school kids it would be a perfect place to go to think. I picked up what glass I could and piled it on the bench in the hopes a council worker will take it away. There are cats that hang around that area and people who walk their dogs, not to mention the children or elderly.

I took a walking stick with me to support my left hip which seems to flare up if I walk for too long or too far. I’ve even invested in a new antique wooden one with a brass wolf handle. If I’m going to age before my time, I’m going to do it in style.

My step-father kindly shortened the stick to the correct length for me (every walking stick seems to be far too big for little old me and I have mine at wrist height – but I’m 5ft 6inches) by sawing the end off, sanding it down and putting the stopper back on. It’s not as comfortable to hold, but you can order a variety of brass and metal handle heads to screw on the top. Plus who doesn’t love a fancy gilded handle?

Today I’m planning to go for a walk in Newport Pagnell, arguably the nicest part of Milton Keynes to deliver flyers for my mental health support group (MIND SPACE MK – CLICK HERE FOR OUR WEBSITE) after I go swimming this morning. Might have to treat myself to using their hair dyer for once.

The next day…

In fact, the walk turned out quite well. I didn’t go very far. I feel sorry for postmen and women who do those routes day in day out. Maybe I did 100 houses but that’s actually a small plot of land in comparison to the size of the street or estate.

Swimming was a little shorter this morning. I seem to be experiencing fibromyalgia pain in my shoulder so regardless of how I swim -front crawl, on my back, frog legs- it’s uncomfortable verging painful by the end. Instead of an hour I did almost forty-five minutes. When my armpit started to twinge I got out. Being the dunce I am, I forgot a towel! Luckily all the clothes I brought were absorbant: tracksuit bottoms, an oversized sweater and a t-shirt.

My diet is still leaning towards the unhealthy. Yesterday I had a tuna mayo and baked potato for lunch but that was followed by comfort food in the form of jam doughnuts, a chocolate muffin, chocolate fingers, Fox Biscuits and carrot cake bites.

I am still fighting my sugar addiction.

It’s also good to allow yourself cheat days.

Just not too many in a row.

This is my second cheat day in a row and once these snacks run out I’m not buying any more junk food (sorry Lidl, you’ll have to go without my regular custom for a while, but I’ll miss your bakery more than words can express).

I did not do yoga today. I thought, with the sore shoulder, it might not be good to overstretch after swimming and that I can try tomorrow if it’s better.

Instead, I went for lunch with my grandparents and added to my cheat day with a pub grub ham, egg and cheaps. Lush.

Sorry followers, I’m not setting a very good example at the moment. My fingers are crossed for you.

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