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Let’s Go for a Walk
It’s like two friends set off for a walk, noticing things around them and chatting as they go. Then, they suddenly start to increase the pace until they’re walking so fast all they can do is breathe and walk and listen to the sound of their hearts beating faster and faster.
Get Into Your Stride
Eventually, you get into your stride, find your pace, and settle down to walking and breathing. Your hips are moving to keep pace, and your arms are working like the pistons on a train.
About a third of the way from home, you begin to think your legs might become unscrewed and go rolling down the road. You start to feel that parts of you will fall off and, just as you can’t take it anymore, you’re home.
No Sudden Stops
Don’t stop suddenly. Keep walking even if on the spot, and wind it down to a gradual halt.
Wear loose clothes when speed walking, say, an old t-shirt and an open zip-up track top, which you can take off and wrap around your waist if needed. Wear short
or baggy long track pants, socks, and the best pair of sneakers you can afford.
Outside is Undulated
Walking outside means your path will be undulated – goes up and down – which is useful because as you walk uphill and downhill, it strengthens different muscles.
The first few days, up to about a week or more, you will feel pain in your joints, but after that, you begin to hurt less until one day there’s no pain, and you begin to enjoy it.
Find the Right Path for You
If you live in a completely flat area, you can walk to a place nearby where there are more ups and downs. Or even a five-minute drive will be worth it.
Think about it and drive around and spend a day or two until you find the right path for you.
Having chosen that your speed walking will be done outside, please find someone to go with you. Two people out on the road are much, much safer than one person.
Safe and Flat
If you speed walk on your treadmill inside your house, it’s much safer and, you can set the controls precisely to your needs.
Music or Silence
Whatever your decision, you’re walking too fast to talk, so you could do this in silence or listen to music. I went speed walking for about ten years outside on the road, and I discovered that music, when you’re walking outside, is not a good idea as you cannot hear traffic or dogs or anything else on the road at that hour.
In the early days, there was when we were both listening to music, an incident which made us rethink. An angry dog was running around on the roads and ran at us, growling with fangs showing. We somehow managed to deal with that and decided to make a better plan. After that, I contented myself thinking about things and got a lot of work done in my head by planning things. My friend, therefore, could listen to her music.
After A While
Eventually, your muscles are more robust, your heart beats faster, your lungs don’t start gasping five meters down the road, you feel fitter, you’ve lost weight, and you’re looking and feeling good.
Don’t Want to Stop
However, now for the other wrinkle, you didn’t expect. I used to do this every day except Sunday, then eventually, I included Sunday. After about a month or so, I could give it up. What I mean is I was enjoying it so much that I didn’t want to stop. The same happened to my walking partner, a young lady much younger and fitter than me.
A Happy Habit
The bug got us both, and we continued for ten years. We would leave our houses every morning at 04h40. By before 05h00, we’d stretched, warmed up, and hit our pace. It felt terrific, bliss. The benefits were too many to count.
We eventually had two routes, one of 8 km and another more difficult path of 6.5 km. Not far, but those short routes got the job done. We mainly used the long way, but occasionally if we were in a hurry to return, we’d use the shorter of the two.
In high winds, or light rain, we’d go, and only storms or severe rain would prevent us from getting our ‘fix.’
Always Walk With a Partner
Walking outside makes the bodywork harder and so burns more calories. It might feel like a schlepp at first but stay with it because its rewards are enormous. Walking with a partner is brilliant because if you don’t want to go, you will go because your partner will be waiting for you – little things like that get you going. When the other was ill, we each went by ourselves, but we both agreed it wasn’t a safe thing to do.
Tips for Speed Walking
Benefits of Speed Walking.
If you happen to have a treadmill and it’s easier for you, then use your treadmill. You don’t have to care about what to wear, or who to go with, or the weather, or any of those things like being out on a road where you might not feel so safe. Just get on your treadmill and start walking.
Of course, because you’re walking entirely on the flat without so much as a blade of grass to step on, it means you’ll have to work harder to lose the same number of calories and put in the same amount of km.
Depending on the type of treadmill you have, you can reset your treadmill to make your walking undulated, but it’s still not the same because you’re not battling with the elements of the weather, and that makes a big difference.
However, you could make up those lost benefits by learning to walk on your treadmill without holding the handrails. They say that makes a huge difference and give you a better workout.
The convenience of Treadmills is fantastic, and there are so many settings you can try that it’s quite the adventure in the beginning.
But, none of that matters as long as you’re getting that ever so vital exercise that we all need, and many ignore.
There are many alternative ways to lose weight, but that’s not our purpose here. We want to do what people were intended to do – walk. People have been walking for millenniums – it’s the natural way to transport yourself from one place to another and back again.
Speed walking is where I found my peace and lost my stress. I found a smile and lost a frown. It brought me bliss and joy. My brain was sharper, and my tongue wasn’t because it had brought me to a place of contentment.
It costs you nothing but a decent pair of kicks/ sneakers and gives you so much back.
Writing this, today, decades later, I still have that extraordinary longing to go speed walking again.
It’s like an old friend – you always want to see them and always glad that you have.
What Will You Do?
I wonder what any of you who are reading this will do. Both outside and on the Treadmill have their benefits, and I’m not going to say which is best because I feel it’s a matter of what you can arrange and how you think of it.
Whatever you do, at least do something. It will make you feel so good about yourself, and even if you take your time and dawdle to experiment initially, that’s OK because this is all about you. What you want, what suits you, what makes you feel comfortable, what makes you feel safe. Please make your choice then stick to it. Start walking. If you’re anything like me, you might never stop!
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