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Aug. 4th, 2009

[info]chimerawinds

You know what you can do while a WoW patch is downloading?

You can walk 2 miles in 30 minutes! I have the Leslie Sansone 3 DVD set that I got from WalMart for $20 at the beginning of the summer. I just the 30 minute 2 mile walk. Nice thing about it, I wasn't sitting at my computer waiting for patch 3.2.0 to load (still loading by the way and my computer is pretty fast...games, ya know?). I was working out. According to my WW pedometer, I earned 2 points in 30. Not bad. No matter what the weather is doing (raining, hot, etc) I still got some walking in. NO excuses anymore! I'm walking!

I'm looking forward to early morning walks on the beach at Cape Cod in October. ;) I'll be bringing a camera!

[info]chimerawinds

Going to Boston soon

I cannot wait to get up uber early in the morning to take chilly walks on the beach of Cape Cod (where we are staying). I'm always up the crack of dawn when I travel. :) No point in waking baby or hubby creatures. Perfect time to take some 'me' time and get some walking in. ;)

Jul. 19th, 2009

[info]chimerawinds

One mile is between 2000 and 2500 steps

Friday I mowed the yard earning 8000 steps. Roughly 4 miles! No wonder I was tired and my legs hurt! I mow in the yard in my knockoff crocs. Next weekend I'll put on my sneaks! LOL

No seriously! If you have work to do or you are walking/exercising outside of your normal daily routine, keep track of those steps. You might be amazed at how many steps you rack up. I sure was. As a matter of fact, when I was done, I treated myself. DH had wee one out for a while, so I hopped in my car and drove to the community pool. I relaxed in the chill blue water letting my muscles cool down. It was sooo nice! I sure earned it.

If you have young children and a dish tv, you have very likely seen a show called Franny's Feet. So I now ask myself in the morning, "Where will my feet take me today?" It puts me in the mood to walk.

Jul. 6th, 2009

[info]chimerawinds

My inspiration

The hot weather has kept me in. However, on my days off, Elora really *does* need to get outdoors and frankly so do I. I plan to do set a goal of 3 miles on Friday at Rhodes Jordan Park and treat us to a nice swim afterwards. Setting a reward for us will be our incentive to get out there.

Now in between times, I do the equivalent of 2 miles on an indoor walking exercise video. It takes 30 minutes. I like it. It's a Leslie Sansone Video package where I got 3 different ones for $20. One is a 2 mile walk, one is toning and one is muscle building. All involve indoor/livingroom/walking.

Also alternating w/ 30 minutes Shimmy episodes. Gotta brush up on my basic moves for dance class!

Jul. 1st, 2009

[info]chimerawinds

Found some good articles

In the morning, I'm going to be posting about some walking and exercise benefits I just read form Reader's Digest. :)
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May. 20th, 2009

[info]chimerawinds

Ok!

Tribble Mill Park in Grayson, GA is where we'll be walking this Sunday at 10am. Please comment here and I'll be posting some information on the park later this week.

Hope to see you there!

May. 17th, 2009

[info]chimerawinds

Those of you local metro Atlanta folks!

I'm interested in beginning a walking group that will meet every Sunday morning at 10am. We'll meet at Starbucks located on Hwy 120 and hwy 316 in Lawrenceville, GA. I'll be posting by Tuesday night where we'll be walking so if want to meet at the park, just post a comment here!

Thanks!

Apr. 29th, 2009

[info]chimerawinds

Buying shoes for walking

A good pair of sneaks can be your best friend. When purchasing shoes take your time and shop around. While not like buying a car or something consider several things:

What are your walking habits? Do you like a treadmill or hiking in the woods? A paved park? If you like hiking go for hikers and I like to recommend hitops for those who may need a little more ankle support like I do. Low tops are fine for a treadmill walker or the park.

How long do you typically walk? You want good arch support! I cannot stress this enough. If you walk 4 or more miles at a time, buy an additional arch support to put in your shoes. Your arches will thank you for it!

What other forms of exercise do you like to do? I personally like any exercise I can do berefood, hence my love for bellydance and Indian folk dance. If you like to do cardio, jazzercise (yeah, it's still around), then maybe cross trainers would be better for you.

I'm huge for bargins but in this, don't be afraid to pay more. I'll spend $10 to $15 bucks on a pair of sandels for heels for work or play but my sneaks I will pay top dollar for. They'll last you longer and protect your feet better.

Happy walking!
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Apr. 25th, 2009

[info]chimerawinds

Where did you walk today?

Was it the mall, the park, the neighborhood?

We walked in downtown Duluth, GA for the MARCH OF DIMES! 4 miles! We feel great! I had been away from walking but now the weather is nice. Time to form those walking groups! I'm going to see if a friend from school wants to walk with me. OH, yay....I'm a collge student now! LOL

I hope to create a student club for walkers and enviromentals! We'll see how it goes.

Happy walking!

I now have the internet at home, finally! I'll be on nightly to check on the community and participate more. As a matter of fact, I'll be posting topics that will include walking resource web pages, I'll be posting about safety while walking (hydration, etc) and how to buy proper shoes. I heard so many folks complain about ankle pain today and I bet they had the wrong kind of sneakers. Yeppers, not all footcovers (as my DH calls shoes) are created equal.

Blessed Be and happy walking!
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Jan. 23rd, 2009

[info]chimerawinds

All those local and maybe not so local

We are raising money for the March of Dimes, March for Babies. Please look for Team Baby Legs on www.marchforbabies.org to donate as we hope to raise $500 by April. However, that is not the real reason for my post. No, the real reason is if any of you locally want to join us, let me know! We'd love to walk with you. We're walking at Downtown Duluth, GA on April 25th.

Even if you are not local or want to walk at a different date, please visit www.marchforbabies.org and search for a walk. It's fun! Our walk is 4 miles, but I think they vary in distance. Last year, there were great give-a-aways too. I got some wonderful Avon stuff, a teddy bear for Elora that was also a rattle, and some other great stuff. Lunch and breakfast were also served and plenty of water given out. It was really nice.

Many charities do fund raising walks. AIDS, march of dimes, cancer, etc. Find a cause that matters most to you. You are not only helping a wonderful cause, but you are also doing something good for your body and soul. EXERCISE and knowing that you made a difference.

Anyhow, happy walking!

Oct. 10th, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

Hey everyone! The weather is wetter and colder lately

I've been getting a lot of walking in though. A healthy person needing to maintain their current weight should be getting about 10,000 steps in per day. (this isn't just walking though. Low intensity exercise = 75 steps per minute, moderate workouts = 100 steps per minute, and high intensity workouts = 180 steps per minute). 35 minutes of my Firm video (cardio dance) is about 6000 of the steps I need per day, which since I'm losing weight, to maintain that, I need about 18,000 steps per day. Not quite that many, but close.

Another good way to get some walking in is to walk in place during commercial breaks when you watch TV. Your family might look at you like your a nutcake but you're getting healthier. I did this during a Sci-Fi channel show last night and in one commercial break (they are horrible for running lots of commercials, but in this case I wasn't complaining) I racked up an amazing 500+ steps! In one break! Wow! So I went to bed happy.

Now if you are confused about the intensity levels of your workout, here is a guideline I learned from Weight Watchers. It's pretty good. Low intensity = you are able to hold a conversation but your heartrate is elevated. Moderate intensity = you can still speak to someone, but it is more difficult, you are sweating some and your heartrate is elevated as well. High Intensity = you cannot hold a conversation because you are needing to concentrate on breathing and your heartrate is up. You should also be sweating quite a bit.

As to how many steps a minute you need to lose weight or to just stay healthy? You can go to cornerstonefitness.com and get on the 10k steps program. It's about $8 (per month maybe, I don't know payment details) for the basic program or you can buy a pedometer to the program at $24. Now the pedometer is honestly very basic and if you want to invest a little, the best pedometers will track distance walked, your personal stride length, etc. These can be taylored directly to you. I've used different kinds of pedometers and these truly are worth the money.

With the weather getting colder and wetter, I'm one to wrap up and enjoy it! I love walking in the rain and in some chill. I'm not talking -32 or anything, but a nice 50 degree day is very enjoyable to me. A little cold to take the wee one however and she is my favorite walking buddy. So mall walking or indoor tracks are really worth it.

Happy Walking!

~Chimerawinds

Sep. 22nd, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

Fall and walking!

The weather is lovely and what perfect time to get out and walk! I'm excited because I'm on a program for walking.
A healthy individual (this includes exercise,btw) needs to log 10,000 steps per day. To lose weight I need to get about 18,500 (give or take). Since getting 10,000 without really trying wasn't that hard, I'm ready to ramp it up. Over the next few weeks I'll be letting you know aobut how many steps you can count for yoga, biking, etc. I'll be walking on Sunday at Tribble Mill Park in Grayson, GA and let me tell you it's beautiful!

comment here if you want to join me!

Here's to your health!
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Aug. 18th, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

I've been walking

Mostly around my house lately. I wanted to get to the mall to walk to one of the parks but I'm having a minor health complication I'll post about later. Just needing to take it easy for a few days is all. I promise.

Walk scheduled for Friday afternoon at 1:30 at Discover Mills Mall and also at 1:30 (same place on Sunday. Friday's ia good day for me.

Take care and keep walking. I'm currently raising money also for the walk in Duluth in October. It's the annual Memory Walk for Alzheimer's Research. I'm walking on a family team for our Grandmother. We're the Shiny Pearls (her name is Pearl).

I'm also going to do the Oakland Cemetery's October walk/run event called the "Run Like Hell". It's a 5k. Join me if you want!

Jul. 22nd, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

Inclimate Weather Walking Options

So, this time of year and in the winter time it is not easy to get out in nature for a nice relaxing and fat burning walk. What to do? Skip walking? Well, you could, but then you’d be missing out on the many benefits of walking for exercise. So, you really don’t want to totally skip walking, right? I hope not. *grin*

How do you walk when the gas prices have gotten higher and higher the weather this time of year is so hot (and you know it’ll be too cold in a few months)? Here is a nice solution. The local library has several good DVDs on walking for exercise and you can even sometimes find some at a local dollar store. Some of the DVDs at the library are pretty outdated. Now since the 70’s and 80’s a lot has been learned on exercise as a whole so be careful about getting a workout DVD that is too outdated. Try to find some as current as possible. I found an 80’s one that isn’t bad and I also found a later version of the same workout. You shouldn’t have too much trouble if you go to a store. A local Wal-Mart or Target would be great resources or you can possibly rent from Blockbuster too. You’d spend more however if your local library is too far or they have a crappy selection, please consider purchasing some walking for fitness DVDs. You could connect with your normal walking group and have an indoor fitness day (if someone has the space) or you can trade and swap.

Please don’t forget that walking at home is easy, doesn’t take a lot of space and there are a lot of types of workouts for walkers. Weight Watchers has the best one I’ve come across so far. Most of the home ones include ways to tone your arms and legs. Now, if I can get fat burning and toning in the same workout, I’m one happy camper!

Keep walking!

Jul. 20th, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

OK walkers!

I joined the mall walking group at Discover Mills Mall. I think I'm to begin walking in the mornings around 8:30 am once during the week (Wednesdays?) to offer a second choice of walking dates other then Sunday. Sunday the best time to walk is around 11am however I'm making the walk around 1pm on Sundays for a friend who has family obligations on Sunday. I really enjoyed myself. So did Elora!

So, next week, Discover Mills mall at 1pm on Sunday or 8:30am on Wednesday. Just comment here if you can make either one.

Jun. 29th, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

Reminder for walking tomorrow

Walking at 2pm at Discover Mills mall! :)

Hope to see you there!

Jun. 23rd, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

Due to massive brain fart on my end

I cancelled the walk Sunday at the last minute realizing that on Sunday the mall was closed by the time I was ready to walk. Soooo, this week we'll walk earlier. Ok, I'm offering a choice....2pm or 4pm. Discover Mills Mall or Mall of GA. :) Gwinnett Place Mall is a choice as well.

So comment with your time and Mall of choice. :) We'll take majority vote. Since I think only one of you is local, this should be easy. LOL!

Jun. 21st, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

Reminder!

Walking this Sunday at about 6pm at Discover Mills mall. See you there! Hmmm, we can meet by the Books A Million entrance. :)

Jun. 18th, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

Walk this weekend

I'll try the park if the weather is below 95 degrees otherwise, I'll be walking at Discover Mills Mall. [info]iruka_yuywell, we have a tenative Starbucks date if you're up to it! The benefit of mall walking is a few minutes at the end of the walk in a lovely massage chair. LOL! I miss nature, but this isn't too painful. *grins*

Jun. 17th, 2008

[info]chimerawinds

Thinking of moving our walks to the local mall because of the heat. I much prefer outdoor walking but the heat is terrible.

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