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Topic: Walking Shoes - Walking and Other Exercise

  1. Shelll
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    27 January 2016

    Hey to anyone reading this.

    Last night I had an idea about starting a new thread about exercise especially walking. I am aware that walking is very beneficial for our mental, emotional and physical well being. And by actually doing it....well it can make a huge difference to how we cope with the storms that we face in life.

    OK, I am not real good at disciplining myself to walk, and have to really push myself to do it. And sometimes it is even hard to leave this bedroom. Anyway I am not a beginner walker, as I have stuck to sort of a plan before. So I know that it does make me feel somewhat better. But I only stayed on the plan for a couple of months, then gave up.....for whatever reason. So here I am again wanting desperately to not fail this time.

    So I guess this thread is for anyone that does walk, anyone that is struggling to walk because of depression or anxiety issues. And anyone else really......

    I am unsure of the outcome of all this. But my ideas included: Sharing about things we have found out about exercise especially about walking. Writing down the reasons that one would chose to walk ( like something to help motivate). Being accountable in same way. Sharing about the places where we actually do walk, like the beach, gym, around the block, with the dog, out to the clothesline and back. And any other useful tips that could help others. So here we go......

     

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  2. Shelll
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    27 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    I used to walk in some old volley shoes, I made do until I had finances to buy a better pair of shoes. I now own a pair of proper shoes that feel very light, airy and comfortable to wear when walking. I think the brand is "Nike air", or something like that. It does make a huge difference to your feet and ankles. So it helps to have a good pair of shoes if you can......

    Hugs xx

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  3. Shelll
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    27 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Ok it is now 7:50 pm and I plan to venture out of this house to walk in about 10 minutes time. I am feeling physically tired so I don't know how far I will actually walk. And I really can't be bothered to walk anyway, I just want to lie here. Ok I am leaving now.

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  4. Kazzl
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    27 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    This is a great idea Shell! I'd love to read about what you and others see while you're walking - I think it's a good way to help us look outside of ourselves, as well as getting some exercise.

    Looking forward to hearing about your walk!

    xx

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  5. Shelll
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    Ok I have now just returned, so I walked for about 40 minutes. As I was a little detained at the beginning. My heart is beating fast, I am not sure if that is good or not. But I am thinking it is. Walked along a road mainly that runs along side the main road. Up passed the primary school, didn't see many people really. There was a nice breeze so that was good. Um my physical body feels loser. Ok that is it for today

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    27 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Well done Shell! xx

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  7. Scotchfinger
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    27 January 2016

    Walking is very important for me.

    This morning I walked 40 minutes to a coffee shop, stopped for an hour, read the paper, had a coffee then walked 40 minutes back. That happens about 3 times a week. Ideally I should walk every day twice a day if I want to lose the 15 kg I want to lose.

    I walk to lose weight or not become more obese. But I walk to get outside, out of the house, get some fresh air and a fresh perspective. Summer is a problem with the heat. I have to get it done early morning.

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  8. Shelll
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    27 January 2016 in reply to Kazzl

    Oh thankyou Kaz!

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  9. Shelll
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    27 January 2016 in reply to Scotchfinger

    Hey Mr Scotchfinger, when you say walking outside gives you a fresh perspective. Are you saying...well you might be feeling a bit sad or whatever. Then when you venture on outside and just walk you start to feel a bit brighter? Or perhaps circumstances don't seem so bad, as you may have thought previously?

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    Shell xx

  10. Scotchfinger
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    27 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    hi shelley

    well, yes sometimes I do have a sadness that needs a new perspective but often it is a problem or issue I'd like to resolve in my head. Or just a break from rumination about a past event.

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    28 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    I would like to join this walking group. My goal is to gradually increase the distance I can walk without becoming overtired or injuring my ankle. I previously enjoyed walking but since breaking my ankle have been limited and are now very unfit.  Eventually I would like to be able to join a bushwalking group and be able to walk with my daughter without feeling embarrassed about being so slow or overdoing it so I can barely move for days. (I have done this a few times during my 'recovery''. 

    Getting fitter will also help me mentally I hope.

    Today I walked uphill and up some steps for the first time since my injury and made it. Felt tired but recovered OK once home. This is the furthest I've walked for ages so I was happy with progress.

    ​It had rained last night so everything smelt fresh. Look forward to hearing about other people's walks. 

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    28 January 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    That sounds great Elizabeth - well done. I broke my ankle a few years ago and it's still got screws and plates and stuff holding it together, so I sympathise about the being slow etc. (And I wasn't even drunk at the time!)

    So, having been inspired by you all, my goal today is to walk to the beach (two minutes away, so I should make that OK LOL), then walk along the beach, for a good walk. Will report back.

    How are you today Shell?

    xxx

     

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  13. Shelll
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    Loving hugs to everyone.......

    Well I made up my mind to go for a walk this morning. Drove out towards the ocean at about 5:30am. Parked the car in the car park on top of a hill. I started walking from the top of the hill  which overlooked the ocean. I walked on this newly constructed pathway which included a few steps. It was only raining a tiny bit. There were other walkers making use of the path. A few dogs as well walking with their owners. A lot of walkers passed me, as I don't think I was walking that fast. Just a slow steady pace. Well I have to tell you, I think a had a feeling of envy, that is a longing to be fit and well as they appeared. Or maybe I should feel it has inspiration.??? I watched them walking from behind, some seem to walk or jog with no effort at all...... The waves were coming in good and the water was dotted with a few black specks, which I guess were keen surfers hoping to catch the next wave in. So it was quite a pleasant walk really, and I didn't mind the tiny bits of light scattered raindrops. I walked for about 1 hour on this particular path that was curving around the outline of the beach area. I did physically feel pretty good after the walk. And sort of fresh on the inside, which I am assuming it was from the increase of oxygen or something in the bloodstream.  

    Hello Elizabeth, I am happy to see you join up. I have seen your name pop up in the forums. Though I think they may be two Elizabeths. So were you a regular walker before you injured your ankle? Love to you... Hey Kaz, I would like to read how your walk went on the beach. Is it a long beach? And love to you Mr Scotchfinger.

    Shelley xx

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  14. Missing user
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    28 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi all,

    I like to walk too.  But it is an intermittant thing, as when my back injury plays up, it becomes too painful to walk much.  Mostly I like to walk so Holly gets to go for a walk and socialise.  But its also because I know its good for me to get the heart rate up and all that healthy stuff, given that I am unable to play sport these days.  And the other reason I walk is because it helps me to work through my pent up frustrations, and to work off my anger a little.  I could have done with a walk this afternoon for that reason, but I didnt go as its been quite wet.  I like walking in the rain, but my Holly doesnt!  

    I am not what you'd call a brisk walker, more of a casual walker.  So you guys would probably leave me behind.

    I especially like walking on the beach at sunset where I can hear the waves.  And also walking along rivers and creeks where I can listen to the flowing water.  I find it really calming.

    Sherie x

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    28 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    I used to do a lot of bushwalking when single but had to cut down once married with young children. Back problems have stopped me ever resuming overnight hikes carrying a heavy pack but our family still did a lot of hiking. My husband is now blind and has other serious health problems so it is no longer the same walking with him as I have to watch out for obstacles and guide him on rough terrain He becomes very tired so I have to be careful not to walk too far so it is more stressful walking with him. I either feel guilty for taking him on walks which are too hard or feel guilty for mollycoddling him. I still need to work out the right balance. I also have been advised by my psych to do more for myself  to have a break from the caring role and help me deal with my depression. My ankle injury interrupted this plan. Shelley I can relate to the feeling of envy. My daughter is planning to Trek to Everest Base Camp and I am very envious as I had wanted to do this once my kids were grown up but now I'm too unfit.

    Kazzi & Shelly I hope you both enjoyed walking along the beach.

    Hopefully speak to you tomorrow to share stories of our walks.

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  16. Bluey moon
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    28 January 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Oh I would love to join this group too! 

    I do love walking but in recent times I haven't done it enough! I have every excuse under the sun. I work, I have two young children to look after, I never get me time. But in the end I need to make it happen, I feel exercise would greatly benefit me! 

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    28 January 2016 in reply to Bluey moon

    Hi all - I nearly forgot to report back!

    My beach walk was lovely, though more of a stroll than proper exercise. Good for the head though. It's a long beach and I'm not good judging distance so not sure how far I went. Far enough. 😉I watched a lot of young families playing on the sand and splashing about and it struck me how really involved a lot of young dads are with their littlies. It's nice to watch. The water was cold but not freezing, OK once you got in. I noticed a number of women my age going through the same drawn out process I do to get in the water LOL. Let the legs get numb first, then up to the waist, stomach ... shoulders ... then eventually let your hair get wet and once you're really brave, your face. Their less patient menfolk tend to splash them before they're finished. 

    A few little dogs leapt about on the sand, one followed me for a while, that was fun. So I walked, then turned back and treated myself to a sunbake. I know it's not healthy but I love it. I'm a happy pink tonight.

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  18. Missing user
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    28 January 2016 in reply to Kazzl

    Ha ha Kaz.  Thats so funny.  I am just the same when getting into the water.  A very slow process indeed.  And I'm exactly the same in the ocean and a swimming pool.  I'm a real sook when it comes to cold water.

    Glad you had a good walk though.  I didnt get out for a walk today, but I should have.

    Sherie x

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  19. Durras
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    29 January 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hi all,

    Shelley well done for starting this it is such a positive thread as yes I know walking or any exercise is good to help our minds with the storms that we face. I should be practicing what I am now preaching lol but find it hard to build the motivation and easier to turn to the bottle. I have something in my mind like ok when I start my course, I will walk to it, it is about a 20-30 min walk away so I will do it then.

    I use to love and enjoy walking back home in NZ mum and dad live along the waterfront in Auckland and I would walk for hours to the city and then back. When they lived 30min drive from the city I would walk then to the city and back, pack up my little backpack with water, healthy snack foods, a little note journal for my thoughts to go in and just go for the day walking and taking my time and taking note of my mind thoughts.

    Ok now that I have layed it all on here and remembered how good that felt I will start again, motivating myself, ok here goes I WILL START NEXT WEEK! DONE and I will make a note of this on my calendar. That was easy now put feet past mouth and do it lol.

    I love the beach too, when you know the water is cold and you struggle to get in the best thing is to just walk in slowly till you stop and feel that shiver of cold like up to your waist and then just dive under the first wave (not too shallow don't want ya getting hurt) but the feeling is so invigorating when you re-emerge from it. To be it makes me feel alive again.

    Well done Shelley with this thread it is a good positive one and hey it got me to say YES! to walking again.

    Big hugs to you all

    Carol

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  20. Shelll
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    Hug to each and everyone of you.

    This morning I have been thinking a little about the reasons or why one should even walk. I really want to develop a list of reasons personally for myself to help motivate and push myself. I think I will put some sort of list on the fridge, so I can see and hopefully read it. Perhaps on the days where I am not going that well or for days when I may be sliding or in that dark and alone place. The list may be helpful in some way.

    Does anyone else have such a list to help motivate? I have re-read the posts that you have all written here. I did take note of the reasons some of you have mentioned.

    Has anyone ventured out today and went walking? I will be walking down to the train station today. There is a lot of steps there at the station. So I am going to see how long I can last whilst walking up and down the steps.

    With much love 

    Shelley xx

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    29 January 2016 in reply to Durras

    Welcome to all our fellow walkers. This is a great thread. it encouraged me to walk today when I didn't feel like it. It is raining constantly and my husband had surgery yesterday so I need to help him more than normal. 

    I did the same walk as yesterday. Still feeling breathless and my heartrate up heading uphill but recovered OK so that is positive. At least while I'm walking I cant do anything else so it gives me a break. My husband has a history of problems following surgery so even when nothing serious is wrong I worry it will go wrong and my mind is constantly thinking abouit what I should be doing to prevent or stop or alleviate problems!!! 

    I feel like I am on my own!!! Everyone else in the group seem to be walking at the beach. It is an hours drive to the nearest beach from me. I avoid the beach when it is hot and sunny due to fear of sunburn.  Sunburn, heat and sun are linked to my PTSD. I like swimming round sunset but can relate to the descriptions of getting into the water. Maybe it is a female thing. My husband & sons prefer to dive in quickly.

    Hope everyone else has a good walk. Welcome Durras to the walking group. 

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  22. Simona
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    29 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Shelley anne & everyone  : )

     Wow this thread is a great idea!   We can share tips and walking experiences.

    When I lived in Melbourne (Vic)  I used to go on long distance hikes.  I loved the hills/Dandenong Ranges in particular.  I preferred walking from midnight till sunrise because of less traffic/people.   My biggest walk was from Lilydale to Belgrave wearing 2.5 kg ankle weights on each leg. 

    Where I'm living now it's all flat and dry.  I go bushwalking in the state forest but never alone. I wear my leather boots and always take my mobile.   Sometimes I get worried when I see a ute because some guys just let their pig hunting dogs to run alongside their vehicle which is really wrong but it does happen.  I worry more for my children than myself because there's no good climbing trees.

    Oh, and approx 2 years ago I walked into town (13km) because I wanted an adventure.  It was a bad day because there was a family medical emergency and I had to power walk to the hospital to meet the ambos.  So that was the extra 3 k's and I ran out of water.  And I got that Shingle rash a week later and it hurt so bad but I breathed through it. It was all over my back and torso and tum.  It was just a bad month in all.

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  23. Simona
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    29 January 2016 in reply to Shelll
    This is an amendment to my former post. Actually that walk into town was early last year. I only know this because I just checked the date on all those pain relief meds I was prescribed but was too paranoid to take. Yes I should hand them in.
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  24. Shelll
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    29 January 2016

    Hugs to each one of you.

    I would like to make a list of reasons in hope it will encourage and remind us why it is beneficial to walk. So I hope it is OK to list here all of the reasons that each of you may have mentioned. I am not sure about anyone else, but I need all the help I can get. The reasons are in no particular order of importance. 

                                        Reasons to Walk

    1. So your pet dog gets the opportunity to walk and socialise (Sherie)
    2. To experience the sense of adventure. ( Simona )
    3. So you can get a break from your responsibilities in caring for loved ones. ( Elizabeth )
    4. To help our minds with the storms that we face ( Carol)
    5. Good for our physical heart rate. (Sherie)
    6. It benefits us. (Bluey Moon )
    7. Good for the head. ( Kaz)
    8. Helps us lose weight. ( Scotchfinger )
    9. Opportunity to get some fresh air. ( Scotchfinger )
    10. To get fitter. (Elizabeth )
    11. To gain a fresh perspective ( Scotchfinger )
    12. Enjoyment
    13. Healthy activity to do with your children
    14. Helps to work through pent frustrations  ( Sherie)
    15. Helps a bit with anger issues.( Sherie)
    16. Releases a special hormone in our bodies that may help us feel better.
    17. Can have a calming affect within us especially if walking near water. ( Sherie)

    Much love and encouragement to keep going

    Shelley xxx

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  25. Shelll
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    29 January 2016

    Hello precious ones

    Received motivation today from a super encouraging person, so I was able to chose to walk up and down a long set of concrete steps. I was able to do this for a good 6 minutes. The backs of my legs were aching a bit. But it was worth it and I felt better for choosing to do it. 

    Many hugs

    Shelley

    PS a special hello to Bluey Moon, Simona and Carol. Yeah yeah to you with hugs.

     

  26. Shelll
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    29 January 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Dear Elizabeth

    I hope you don't feel so alone now. It appears a new poster in this thread, Simona...... liked long distance hikes in the Dandenong Rangers/ hills. And also likes bush walking in the state forest.

    Hugs xx

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    30 January 2016 in reply to Shelll
    I really like the list of reasons to walk I can relate to all except walking the dog as I don't have one although I can see it is an important reason if you have a dog. I will change walking with children to walking with family members. For our 25th wedding anniversary, when we were both still relatively fit and healthy we went to New Zealand and drove from National Park to National Park doing lots of different hikes. The highlight was a 3 night 70km walk along Queen Charlotte Sound. Our luggage was transported between hotels each day so we only carried a day pack. It was a lovely break from our children and chance to get closer to each other apart from enjoying amazing scenery and getting fitter. I also enjoy walking with my young grandchildren. Sometimes they are so busy having adventures you don't get very far. I love the imagination of young children. Getting chased by crocodiles, sharks, monkeys etc is a regular event on walks. I am often the police man that locks up the'bad guy'my grandson in jail & chases him when he escapes.  That has cheered me up just thinking of the fun I can have with my very active imaginative grandkids. Well I better go and get dressed so i can do my walk today 
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  28. Missing user
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    30 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley, I like your motivational list of reasons to walk.  Very inspired!  

    Sherie xx

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  29. Simona
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    30 January 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Shelley anne and fellow walkers : )

    Well there will be no walkies for my dog Bandicoot this morning because it's bucketing down!  Plus I don't have jacket or umbrella

    Shelley:    Great stuff you tackling those steps!   Isn't that 'burn' the best feeling?  Give it time and it will grow on you and seriously; it's the best high  : )    I wish we had steps like that here but I'm not desperate enough to climb the side of the wheat silo because 1. Its pretty high and 2. If I get busted i'll be talk of town.  When I'm in Bendigo I do climb up that Poppet Head in that big park.  Great for legs, great for lungs : )

    Elizabeth : )   Nice to 'meet' you!     Partner's work brought us up here and I miss the hills a lot.  But not just the hills - that lush greenness.   You are lucky to have your partner hike with you and share that interest/thirst for adventure.    My 17 year old son and I walk our dog Bandioot in the bush reserve  across the road.   We talk about all sorts of stuff but sometimes those motorbike riders come and scream through.  

    Ps: When I was following the Puffing Billy trail up to Belgrave I came across a feral cat the size of a kelpie. It was just on dawn and we both crossed paths and just stopped and stared at one another.  This cat was big and had pointed ears like a lynx . I will never forget that day

     

     

     

     

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  30. Shelll
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    30 January 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Good Morning Sherie

    Since I have conversed with you lots on other threads, I have always had the impression that you are quite busy. Busy  moving around helping and others. Although I could be wrong. Well anyway I think it would be interesting to see how much you really do walk.  Have you ever worn one of those devices that count the steps?

    Hugs xx

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