Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

After WLS: Walking for Wellness


Step for step, mile for mile, walking is the best cardiovascular activity you can include as part of your weight loss surgery success story. Walking is easy, accessible, inexpensive, individual and effective. It is the gold-star sport for real people with real lives. Formerly stigmatized as cheap transportation and a senior citizens' sport it is now a credible and fashionable form of exercise. And it's been around for a long time - anthropoids stood upright and put one foot in front of the other thousands of years ago and we haven't looked back since.

Now validated, as a vigorous fitness activity walking has become America's most popular physical activity with over 20-million people stepping out regularly. Studies abound touting the benefits of walking: including weight loss, lowered risk of stroke or heart disease and improved mental well-being. While it may sound trite, 30-minutes of walking a day will keep the doctor away.

Be sure to record your walking activity beginning on the very first day. Find a notebook, a journal, or a computer program where you can record your time and distance each day. This may sound silly the first week when you are taking 5-minute walks, but very soon you will rejoice at your progress if you have a record of where you began.

To achieve maximum benefit from this walking program, you will need a good pair of soft athletic walking shoes, preferably with ankle support. I suggest you get these prior to surgery so you don't have the "no shoes" excuse to put-off your walking program. Give them to yourself as a gift acknowledging your bravery and courage to make this positive change in your life.

Next, plan where you will walk. Raise your hand if you already own a treadmill! Mine was stored in a forgotten corner of the basement, bought with the best intention, but abandoned for a number of excuses. Get that old friend out and put it where you'll use it. most treadmills for home use are rated at a 250-pound weight limit. Fresh out of gastric bypass surgery, most of us exceed that limit. Fitness equipment manufacturers say that if the weight limit is exceeded, but at a slow pace for short duration, the treadmill should not be damaged. I say, take your chances and walk on the treadmill. It won't take long before you drop below the weight limit and in the meantime you are becoming stronger and fitter by taking short walks on the machine.

If your climate and neighborhood are equitable plan a walking route out-of-doors. Prior to surgery measure your route by the quarter mile. One determined patient I know walked one driveway further each day until she made it all the way around the block. Counting driveways is how she marked her progress. Good for her!

Do you prefer to walk in the climate-controlled mall? Plan a walking route there - just be sure to swiftly step past the bakery and candy store. Many malls have early hours when people can gather and fitness walk without having to navigate around shoppers.

For best success sip water throughout your walk. Wear comfortable clothing for easy movement. Avoid exercising in extreme weather - too hot or very cold.

Now equipped with great shoes, comfortable clothes, a walking route and a journal to record your progress you are ready to take your first step! Here is my plan to walk your way into a healthier life.

Copyright 2005 Kaye Bailey - All Rights Reserved.

Kaye Bailey is a weight loss surgery success story having maintained her health and goal weight for 5+ years. An award winning journalist, she is the author and webmaster of http://www.livingafterwls.com and http://www.livingafterwls.blogspot.com Fresh & insightful content is added daily, check in often.


MORE RESOURCES:

New York Times (blog)

Exercise Reverses Skin's Aging Process, Study Finds
Huffington Post
... a jog around the park. In a small study, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario found that exercise may not only keep skin younger, but may also reverse skin aging, even in people who take up exercise later in life, according to The New York ...
Younger Skin Through ExerciseNew York Times (blog)
Researchers: Exercise could make your skin look youngerThe Week Magazine
Exercising May Actually Reverse the Aging of SkinJezebel
Medical Daily -Examiner.com -Refinery29
all 14 news articles »


CNN

Can you get addicted to exercise?
CNN
You've probably heard of "runner's high" and "yoga bliss" -- feelings of euphoria that can come after periods of exercise. And maybe you've heard people talk about how they "have" to work out -- as though if they didn't exercise, they'd suffer severe ...

and more »


New York Times (blog)

Ask Well: Are Exercise Cool Downs Necessary?
New York Times (blog)
A lot of cardiovascular exercise routines call for a cool-down at the end. Is this necessary? “For a long time, the theory was that cooling down by continuing to exercise at a lower intensity would help the legs flush out lactate” and avoid soreness ...



CBSSports.com

Report: Texans exercise 5th-year option on JJ Watt's rookie deal
CBSSports.com
The Texans have a tough decision to make on May 8: They have to decide who to take with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. On Thursday though, they got to make an easy decision. The team officially exercised the fifth-year option on J.J. Watt's ...
JJ Watt has option exercisedESPN
NFL Rumors: Houston Texans exercise fifth year option on JJ Watt's contractFanSided
BREAKING NEWS: Houston Texans Pick Up J.J. Watt's Fifth Year OptionBattle Red Blog (blog)

all 30 news articles »


The Surprising Thing Exercise Can Do For Your Brain
Huffington Post
There are at least two possible explanations for this: Either the genes that encourage physical activity also cause the brain to grow, or exercise itself helps to develop those neural pathways in young, pliable brains. Booth's team took dozens of rats ...

and more »


Body shop | Should you exercise when you are tired?
The Courier-Journal
Is it best to skip exercise if you are tired, or should you force yourself to exercise regardless of how you feel? That depends. If you think you are ill or coming down with something, it may be best to rest and let your body use its energy to fight ...



Are you over-doing it when you exercise?
Local 10
WAL KNOW THAT EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR US PHYSICALLY AND BE MENTALLY, BUT MANY PEOPLE THE DON'T REALIZE TOO MUCH CAN INCREASE THE RISK DANGEROUS HEALTH CONSEQUENCES. IN TODAY'S HEALTH CAST A WARNING ...



Ravens exercise 2015 option on Jimmy Smith
NBCSports.com
The Ravens have indeed exercised their right to keep cornerback Jimmy Smith under contract through 2015. According to Field Yates of ESPN.com, the Ravens have picked up the fifth-year option on Smith, their 2011 first-round pick. Smith is now slated to ...

and more »


CBSSports.com

Chargers exercise Corey Liuget's option
U-T San Diego
May 3 was the deadline to exercise it. The Chargers haven't selected in the top 10 since 2004. Next year, they'll decide whether to exercise the option for outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, the No. 18 choice in 2012. Right tackle D.J. Fluker, the No ...
San Diego Chargers Exercise 5th Year Option on Corey LiugetBoltBeat
Chargers pick up option on Corey LiugetNBCSports.com

all 14 news articles »


Report: Dallas Cowboys exercise fifth-year option on Tyron Smith's contract
Dallas Morning News (blog)
Report: Dallas Cowboys exercise fifth-year option on Tyron Smith's contract. By Jon Machota · jmachota@dallasnews.com · 11:04 pm on April 17, 2014 | Permalink. Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) looks back over his shoulder at the New Orleans ...
Report: Cowboys to pick up option year for Tyron SmithNBCSports.com

all 5 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.