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Topic: Walking Shoes - Walking and Other Exercise

  1. Ladyhawke
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shelley,

    ​I'm always happy to receive a cyber-hug!

     When I was walking regularly a few years ago, I was living quite close to the Sydney CBD and used to walk around parts of Sydney Harbour foreshore which was a very steady, easy way of walking; usually it was 3kms, 4 days per week.

    I moved away from the city 12 months ago and, for now, am living on the edge of a National Park which has some very nice and easy walking trails.

    Yes, Tess is a big, beautiful girl who likes to take charge of the leash, hence the reason I will need to attain some level of fitness before she joins me on my walks.

    You're really doing a great job with the walking "club", Shelley - good on you! Very inspirational!

    Another hug,

    ladyhawke

  2. Shelll
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Roberty_Bob

    Hello Bob

    That gym program sounds full on...... Good on you! Hope all is well with the court thing. 

    Shell xx

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  3. Shelll
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Simona

     Simona said:I walked around town yesterday from 1pm up until 4pm.   The township itself is flat and spread out. I rested 3 times because it was 39 and I felt weak.   I went into my 3 fav  op shops and just walked through them all kind of quick because I felt like I was being watched.  Then I sat in a café to rest then in front of Coles at the taxi rank and an old lady asked me to look after all her shopping while she went to get her car.  Yeah that was really something else being trusted with a stranger's stuff.  Not many people trust these days.   I guarded it with my arm over it because some regulars who hang around there are pretty suss.

     

    Hey Simona......

    That is a pretty hot day 39 degrees. I think I probably would have felt weak too walking for 3 hours. The landscape you describe sounds quite different to mine.

    Anyway your walk sounds like an adventure to me. I like wandering through op shops as well. Sometimes you can pick up good bargains and discover unusual things for sale.

    That is kind of you to look after the ladies shopping like that too.

    Much love to you

    Shelley xx

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  4. Roberty_Bob
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Shelll
    I had a particularly bad day yesterday. So bad that I felt like picking up my first drink in 11.5 months. The bad day didn't stop until 9pm when it was too late to go to the gym. I went for a run instead. One hour, ten kilometers, hard and fast. Almost vomited. Felt better.
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  5. Shelll
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Gruffudd
    Gruffudd said:

    The border is only 2 km away, there is a great walk through the forest along the river. Tall trees and moonlight are on my list of favourite things, on recent night walks I have seen kangaroos, koalas, owls, bats, an echidna, and two platypus. 

    I am not much of one for hugs I'll admit, I think my preferred personal space could be measured in kilometres. Virtual ones are quite OK because they respect my discomfort with being touched. Can I claim being British on that one. 

    Hey Robbie

    Yes I think the British tend to be more reserved. Well some of my British relatives are anyway.  I am trying to remember.... I think I have received hugs that are at arms length. So no bear type hugs there.

    That walk along the river in the forest sounds delightful. I would like that one. Except about seeing the bats. No don't like those, nor do I like hearing them. But the other Aussie animals yeah pretty cool. So I am guessing you walk with a torch then? That walk sounds like you can be in your own private world as well.  Very calming....

    Shelley xx

  6. Shelll
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Roberty_Bob

    Hello Bob........

    I am sorry you had a bad day. Was it something to do with the court thing?? I am glad you didn't turn to the drink to help you though. Good decision that you made there.

    I know of someone that just takes off for a run when they are stressed and angry. I am pretty sure it helps them too. 

    As for the feeling to need to vomit. That has something to do with losing like electrolytes or something. I think?? Do you like drink the sports type drinks or coconut water. 

    Are you truly OK Bob?

    Shell xx

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  7. Roberty_Bob
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Shelll
    I'm okay Shell. It is sadness due to a crumby situation not chemical depression so I can deal with it. That is, it makes sense why I feel bad so I can process the feelings. Thanks for your concern.
  8. Missing user
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Roberty_Bob

    Hi Shelley - Did you do any walks today?  Or perhaps you going out this evening for a walk?  I went for a short 20 minute slow walk today.  The old back and crook leg are slowly coming good again, so I took Holly for a short walk around the sports ovals this morning.  She loved it of course, and I felt better for it as well.  Just taking it pretty easy for now, but hopefully ease back into some better exercise over the coming week again.

    Hey Bob, sorry to hear it was such a horrible day for you yesterday.  Hopefully today was a better day for you?  If you are making yourself sick, then you are overdoing things.  I realise that you use all this hard and fast running as a tension release of sorts, but try to go a little easier next time okay.  Please ..............   

    Hi Elizabeth, sorry you're having some inferiority issues with your current visitors.  You really shouldnt you know, you are unique and special just as you are.  You are so good at being you!  So dont feel you have to be someone else.  Some walks with the grandkids sounds nice anyway.  A nice way of spending time with them.

    Hugs to you all,

    Sherie xx

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  9. Shelll
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hey Sherie...I am glad you were able to do a short walk at the oval. It is good to just get some fresh air into our lungs. I am just about to head out now around the block. I am taking my torch, as it is quite dark tonight. OK off I go.

    Shell xx

  10. Elizabeth CP
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Missing user
    Thanks Sherie, You are such an inspiring person with how you dealt with you challenges & still supported others like me. I did a short walk with the family in the morning to the playground. This afternoon my husband had an appointment in the city so walked between station & hospital. I'm still feeling a bit stressed which is silly as I would be devastated if my son & family chose not to visit while they're in Australia. The problem is me not him.Neither my son or wife would deliberately do anything to upset me.  My poor self esteem just gets worse in these situations.
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  11. Shelll
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    4 March 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hello Elizabeth..... I was just thinking about you and wondering if your situation with your relatives is a bit like mine, or similar. You see today I found out someone was going to stop at our place. Well this person is a very clean and ordered person. I don't think I have ever seen there place messy or disorganised. Well as soon as I found out, I started to feel anxious. My house is definitely not clean and organised. I am fearful of what they may think of me. So if you are like that, well please be reassured you are not alone. Sometimes it has helped in the past if I just remember that sure, I am not that good at the housekeeping stuff at the moment. But I am good at some other things in life, where they are not so good at it. It is like we all have such different strengths in certain areas or something.

    Also I am glad you were able to walk. That is way good!

    Shell xx

  12. Shelll
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    4 March 2016

    Hello to everyone

    I ended up going for a walk last night. It was a little different, as I walked with someone else that I don't normally walk with. So we ended up walking up the straight road, but also we walked around an oval, near the local swimming pool.  And guess what? I heard the bats in their trees, most probably they were staring at us. So it motivated me a bit to walk quicker. I also took note of this telegraph pole. It is situated at a T intersection. So up coming traffic can see it clearly. On close investigation, there were nails sticking out of it. Lots and lots and lots of them. Bent ones, straight ones and rusty ones. This pole is the local one, where you often see garage sale signs stuck to it.

    OK if you read my rambles, well thanks for listening to me.

    Hugs to all

    Shell xx

     

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    5 March 2016 in reply to Shelll
    Thanks Shelley, I am similar to you. I spent most of wed cleaning shopping mowing & organising to ensure things were OK before they arrived but meant I was exhausted. I have trouble coping if things are too messy or disorganised but as soon as family arrive things become disorganised as they put things in the kitchen kids mess up the house etc. Even though I know it is OK I then stress & have difficulty preparing meals etc. I also struggle because of my inferiority complex doing things with other people around because I worry they will think I'm doing it wrong. I know this is stupid but it is almost unconscious so hard to stop. They went out and bought some of their favourite food which is fine but I feel guilty for not being a good hostess & providing it for them. If someone helps me I appreciate it but feel like a failure for needing help. Then I get really annoyed with myself for being so stupid & not just enjoying my son's company. I also struggle with crowds so having all my family including my children, spouses & grandkids can get overwhelming even though I love them all & want them all to remain close.
  14. Shelll
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    5 March 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    I do understand Elizabeth what you are saying.Thank you so much for sharing that about you. Pretty much everything you said there, I can relate to. I find it actually quite interesting that even though we are in different age brackets, with different relatives, grew up in different areas, etc we still have similar issues within ourselves.....

    Well, I hope to go walking at the beach this evening, most probably along the path again.

    Shell xx

  15. Shelll
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    5 March 2016 in reply to Ladyhawke

    Ladyhawke said:

    Hi Shelley,

    ​I'm always happy to receive a cyber-hug!

     When I was walking regularly a few years ago, I was living quite close to the Sydney CBD and used to walk around parts of Sydney Harbour foreshore which was a very steady, easy way of walking; usually it was 3kms, 4 days per week.

    I moved away from the city 12 months ago and, for now, am living on the edge of a National Park which has some very nice and easy walking trails.

    Yes, Tess is a big, beautiful girl who likes to take charge of the leash, hence the reason I will need to attain some level of fitness before she joins me on my walks.

    You're really doing a great job with the walking "club", Shelley - good on you! Very inspirational!

    Another hug,

    ladyhawke

    Hello Ladyhawke..........Thankyou for giving me a hug, I do like them, as they help bring a connecting feeling within me or something. Here is one back to you.

    Yes I lived in Sydney too for about 2 years, in Concord. I think I have walked around the foreshore as well. The monorail, was in the area somewhere where I walked. And a large shopping centre. Is that the same place?

    Walking on trails in a national park, would be very different to the foreshore. Different smells, less people in business clothing, definitely different sounds and more nature and such.

    I am glad you feel inspired, as I do as well by reading about everyone else's walks. I also feel accountable, well....I think that is the feeling. As one can use this thread to sort of report/share about there walk/ run or other forms of exercise. Thus for me, helping me became more disciplined in this area of my life.

    Anyway I hope you continue to feel encouraged or inspired to take care of your wellbeing by walking or exercising.

    Enjoy your walk on Monday now. And I hope you get fit real soon, so your big beautiful dog Tess can go along too.

    Much love

    Shell xx

  16. Shelll
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    5 March 2016

                                    Another BB  Exercise Thread

    Hugs to all that would like one....

    May we all feel encouraged and be inspired by the members who posted in this older thread that I just dug up.....well that is how I felt when I read it!

    TheTopic Heading is:

    I know exercise is good for me and I want to get started but I just can't.......by Steven1

    It would be great if we could just click on the above link, and it would take us to this thread?? But I just typed in the search box on top of the page. If you would like to read it: Type in "I know exercise is good" and click on the search icon. Well that is what I did.

    I would be really interested in reading any of your thoughts about the above thread.

    OK bye

    Shelley xx


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  17. Shelll
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    5 March 2016 in reply to Ladyhawke

    Hi Ladyhawke

    I wrote another reply post to you this morning. It hasn't appeared as yet. Hope it pops up soon.

    Hugs to you

    Shelley xx

  18. Shelll
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    5 March 2016

    Hi .......I hope nobody minds that I post on here that I am going for a walk now. I think by posting it, it is helping me be more disciplined. So it is now 7:30pm, and I am off to the beach to walk. 

    OK bye now

    Shell xx

  19. Roberty_Bob
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    5 March 2016 in reply to Shelll
    Gòod plan, Shell!
  20. Missing user
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    5 March 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell - No, dont mind at all.  If it gives you more incentive to do it - then all good.  

    So, its now 9pm.  Are you back yet?   And how was it?

    Goodaye there Bob.  Hope your days have improved since a bad one on Thursday.

    Sherie xx

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  21. Roberty_Bob
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    5 March 2016 in reply to Missing user
    Definitely improving Sherie, thanks for asking! It is the weekend, I see my children on Sunday and it's my rest day. Not that I get much rest with a pair of high energy kids! How are you doing?
  22. Missing user
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    5 March 2016 in reply to Roberty_Bob

    Thats okay.  I'm glad you see your kids tomorrow, and hope you have something special planned.  Although I guess if you only see them one day a week, then just having them with you is special.  And with a 3yo and 5yo (I think thats right?) then it definitely wont be a rest day for you!   You will get all the exercise you need just keeping up with 2 high energy little kids.    Ha ha ............    ( - :

    Me?  Yeah, I'm okay thanks.  Starting to get a better handle on things I think.  Enjoy your day tomorrow.

    Sherie xx

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  23. Shelll
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    5 March 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hi Sherie......Yeah I am back now, it is 11:30pm. I walked for about 1 hour. Then stopped at Woolworths to do some shopping on the way back home. All good.....

    The beach was absolutely awesome tonight, with a beautiful cool breeze. Still plenty of people walking/ running out there. The backs of my legs felt a bit tight as I was walking. I am not sure of the exact reason why, but I did a few stretches that someone showed me. That seemed to help a bit. I am so glad I went...

    How is your back and legs now, are they still hurting you? Were you able to do a little bit more gentle walking? I did read you had a short walk at the oval with little Holly a few posts back.

    I really do hope you are OK. 

    Many hugs my dear friend

    Shell xx

  24. Missing user
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    6 March 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hi Shell.  Its now 2am and I dont know if you are still around.

    Your walk last night sounds lovely down on the beach.

    I went only on a nice walk around our 3acre yard last night with Holly.  She was wanting to go rabbiting, and kept at me to take her down for a look.  She doesnt like to do this on her own, she likes someone to go with her. I think its to help her 'flush out' any rabbits that may be around.   ( - :

    So I picked half a dozen macadamias from our tree, and also 2 almost ripe mangoes.  I've been watching them for a couple of weeks in order to beat the birds to them.  They are colouring up nicely now, so time to get them.  I also found 2 figs that the birds hadnt yet spotted.  So it was worthwhile checking on all the fruit trees.  Quite a few lemons on this year too.  So I will be able to make plenty of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

    My back is still feeling really dodgy like it could 'go' again at any time.  So I am still being very careful.  But my leg seems to be okay again.  

    Elizabeth - The way you describe yourself when you have visitors?  Thats me all over...........     ( - :

    Night all,

    Sherie xx

  25. Shelll
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    6 March 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Hi Sherie........ yeah I think I was around on the forums somewhere at that time. But I can't be sure as I am now very sleepy and my brain is not concentrating very well.

    So do you walk around sort of the fence line on your property, that is if you have a fence. Or maybe through gardens and trees in the middle or something? Is it all grass you are walking on there. I am trying to get a picture of your yard in my mind..... How are you cracking those hard macadamias? I like the taste of those. 

    Anyway I am glad you had another nice walk with Holly. 

    Many hugs to you

    Shell xx

  26. Simona
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    6 March 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hello again  : ) 

    I have had another new adventure today with my Nikon.   Yeah I'm back behind the lens again. This time it's not animals through.  I do like exploring abandoned derelict buildings.   Today a creepy old yard.  I won't say what type of yard but it was ugly and obsolete in an artful way.  I walked around cautiously and managed to get 1 blurry out of focus photo of a drain within this empty building but then got busted by a resident.  I don't know how anyone can live amongst that filth and pigeon droppings.  He stared at me and I stared back. I told him it was for art and he said 'It's a BAD idea'. And he just kept looking at me so  told him I didn't interfere with anything (which I didn't because I only take photos).  By then I felt like maybe I was standing in his living room.   I then made a deliberate effort to just saunter out to show him he didn't rattle me.  Talk about suss : / .    So anyway, that was my walk for today  : )

  27. Shelll
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    6 March 2016 in reply to Simona

    Hello Simona.......

    I didn't know you were a keen photographer. That is actually a great idea of something you could do while you walk. I have never thought of it before. You walk does sound a bit adventurous, yet I think I would be happy to make sure I was with someone else going into that area. I like walking around and exploring  things as well.

                                    My walk for today

    I went for a walk this evening, along the narrow road that I often go on. I turned right this time at the traffic lights and headed in the direction of one of the local train stations. Walking along the path, I could smell the scent of a very strong flower. I can't spell the name of it, so I won't write it in. I walked past the now closed but lit up supermarket.

    Crossing over the road, I headed towards the station. I was thinking that I might walk up  and down the concrete steps. So I did.... and looking down I noticed on the back of each step it was coloured. And painted on the coloured part, was a scattering of duck footprints. Though on one step there was a row of baby footprints of the human kind... oh so cute........ On the very top step there was a row of tiny human handprints. I also counted the steps coming down, I counted 35. I walked up and down twice. So let's see, that is 140 steps. So anyway I really enjoyed the walk, once I got going. And I have noticed that by body is not so sluggish as say three weeks ago. 

    OK bye now

    Shell xx

     

  28. Simona
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    7 March 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Hello Shelley : )

    Yeah I love photography.  When I'm not writing that is.   That place I went to is very local and I have been there before without drama.  Yeah I  climbed the fence and trespassed.   It was a nice sunny day and I was looking for that perfect shot and I was going to be quick.  I also had  my partner's wire-cutters because i wanted to snip a wire. What doesn't make sense is that this homeless man had a new pack of  that ultra soft sorbent toilet paper in the derelict bathroom.   That just doesn't make sense.

    Shelley - I love your description of your walks.  Very detailed : )   I picture it in my head.  

  29. Missing user
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    7 March 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Good evening Shell.  Good on you for doing those train station steps again.  I know you've done them before, but its a while ago now.

    So, did you go for a walk today at all?

    I didnt, but I did do some Pilates exercises here at home.  I have a DVD and I did the warm up and stretching part of the program.  It lasts 25 mins, and is not too strenuous.  But there is quite a bit in it, and it was enough for now.  I hope to build up to the full program after a few more days.  I will see how the body comes up tomorrow.  ( - :

    Simona, your photography runs sound very adventurous.  But hey please be careful, wont you.

    Bob - I hope you had a lovely day with your 2 kids yesterday?  I see that you have started a couple of new threads.  Good on you.  I trust you are battling through your current issues, and will come out the other side much happier.

    Elizabeth - do you still have your visitors?  I hope you have been able to relax a bit and get to enjoy their company.  I am looking forward to you getting back to your regular walks again.  I enjoy reading about them.

    Ladyhawke - you are very lucky where you have been living and also live now.  Plenty of great places to walk.  You must be looking forward to when Tess can accompany you on your walks?

    Night all,

    Sherie xx

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  30. Shelll
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    7 March 2016

    Hello lovely people.....

    It is now almost 12:30 at night. I have just returned from walking up and down the railway station steps. I was trying to do it has quick as I could. I walked up and down 4 times. So that is 280 steps in total. Yeah!!

    How is everyone else going with there walking/ exercise?

    Hugs

    Shell xx

     

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