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Old 26.06.2011, 23:54
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And what about those walking shoes with the curve sole? Any experience with them? Apparently it ''suppose'' the shape up the behind!
One word: gimmick.
I tell you, I know of someone who wears those shoes all the time and I haven't noticed any difference (not that I stare at their behind all the time that is ).
Seriously though, peeps need to get their hands dirty and sweat. Thats all it takes, not some silly shoe.
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Old 26.06.2011, 23:55
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Re: Walking off the weight?

Every little bit helps. Not just in losing weight, but in keeping your mind and body together. I did tons of walking with my babies on my back when I had my first two children. As they got bigger and heavier, I got thinner and stronger.

I lost ground with the next two, I have to admit. Too much laundry and American-style driving.

Since then, I'm back. But it took a massive commitment on my part. Not walking, not casual running - but really long distances and intense sprinting, weight training and dancing. My kids can no way keep up with me now, which helps to keep them in line

Maybe I should have just put everyone in disposable clothing. Then I wouldn't have had so much catch up to do.

Keep going! It's worth it!
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Old 26.06.2011, 23:55
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And what about those walking shoes with the curve sole? Any experience with them? Apparently it ''suppose'' the shape up the behind!
Ahh, I got a pair of them. The first week I had shin-splints, but got used to them, they are nice and bouncy. Plus they look better than normal walking/running shoes - make my feet look smaller!
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Old 26.06.2011, 23:57
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One word: gimmick.
I tell you, I know of someone who wears those shoes all the time and I haven't noticed any difference (not that I stare at their behind all the time that is ).
Seriously though, peeps need to get their hands dirty and sweat. Thats all it takes, not some silly shoe.
Admit it!

I was wondering if it was worthed... because a good brand is quite expensive and I already have good reeboks shoes.
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Old 27.06.2011, 00:04
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Re: Walking off the weight?

Also, don't look at the post photos of what you cook and bake thread
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Old 27.06.2011, 00:06
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Also, don't look at the post photos of what you cook and bake thread
And don`t walk further than the fresh vege/fruit section in supermarkets!
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Old 27.06.2011, 00:07
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And don`t walk further than the fresh vege/fruit section in supermarkets!
And give up cheese
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Old 27.06.2011, 00:13
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Re: Walking off the weight?

Personally, I would suggest doing squats and sit-ups, along with the walking.
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Old 27.06.2011, 00:16
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Personally, I would suggest doing squats and sit-ups, along with the walking.
Yeah... I have to get there too... I know!

The good news is that I walked more in this last month than I did in the past 3 years in Basel!
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Old 27.06.2011, 00:19
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Re: Walking off the weight?

I truly believe that each body sheds off excess weight in different ways. I used to do all the Zumba's and work out DVD's known to man, but the minute I get to walking around a park and do that a couple of times, the weight just falls off me.

And then vice verse I know tons of people who walk everyday and the only thing that seems to happen is their hips and thighs get bigger (not because they are gaining fat, but creating muscle in their legs) - it's just how their basic genetic work up takes to that kind of exercise regimen.

I agree, exercising more than your basic calorie intake is the key, but finding what your body reacts better too (there are tons of ways) will be the ticket to shedding it off faster and not putting a strain on your body. Good Luck!
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Old 27.06.2011, 00:22
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Re: Walking off the weight?

Building muscles burn the fat no? So they should have lost in size and not get bigger hips, certainly?
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Old 27.06.2011, 00:27
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Re: Walking off the weight?

difference between building muscle and toning body. It's like weight training will increase muscle size vs aerobic exercise shedding off unwanted pounds and making yourself look lean.
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Old 27.06.2011, 00:34
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Re: Walking off the weight?

The last time I put focused effort into losing weight, I did it by waking up early (with the little ones, you probably do anyhow), doing some simple calisthenics like jumping jacks, sit-ups and push-ups, leg lifts and things like that, then going for a walk.

I also tracked the fat I was consuming rather than calorie counts, having no more than 10g fat before dinner and then having a good mix of lean proteins (fish or skinless chicken) together with veg for dinner.

Doing this, I lost 30lbs in about a month... but it is a lot easier to do when you don't have to worry about someone else complaining about what you're feeding them.

I'm thinking to start the up early bit - hubby's had early shift the last week'ish so now is a good time to start with that I think. The "extra" movement will be an okay start, even without restricting diet any yet... can work into that kinda slowly in the next few weeks as different groceries are bought.
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Re: Walking off the weight?

Don't go below those 1400 kcal, otherwise you'll not get the nutrients you need. If you want to really jazz it up and don't mind the instructor groaning in skimpy clothing, then check out Bodyrock with Zuzana. Clean eating and intense, short workouts are doing wonders for lots of my friends!
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Old 27.06.2011, 01:06
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Don't go below those 1400 kcal, otherwise you'll not get the nutrients you need. (....) Clean eating and intense, short workouts are doing wonders for lots of my friends!
Such good advice !
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I'm sure you look great.
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Old 27.06.2011, 01:22
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Re: Walking off the weight?

You can most certainly lose weight from walking, I stopped using my car in October last year which meant walking to the bus stop each day.
I have to walk about 1km downhill to the bus stop and then of course 1km back up the hill. I do this twice a day.
My weight has gone from 88kg in October to 70.4 kg now - all of it down to walking the 4km or so a day, my diet is the same as before. Now I also do Thai Kick Boxing but my weight was at 70.4 before starting this, now my weight is starting to increase again but that's because I'm building muscle - my body fat ratio has dropped from almost 24% to 15.7%

Go for it, walking is easy and can be fun, use your mp3 player :-)
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By subtracting ones age from 220, you'll get the aerobic base rate for your heart. This is the rate at which you'll burn the most calories when working out. If you work out at maximum heart rate, you burn a significantly lower amount of calories.
This isn't quite right. The 220-age calculation is an estimate of your theoretical maximum heart rate. You could not work out at that rate for more than a few seconds eg sprinting, and at that level your body would be using the anaerobic energy system.

The point at which your body switches from aerobic to anaerobic is the lactate threshold. Working at this level is hard work but by gradually increasing the time you can workout at your lactate threshold you increase your stamina, and, for runners for example, your speed endurance. The exact heart rate for LT is different for everyone but a good rule of thumb is when you can say a few words but not full sentences. Or, for runners, the speed/effort level that you can maintain for 1hr, so between your 10k-10m pace depending how fast you are.

Anyway the point about needing to put some effort into the walking to be able to burn calories and lose weight is absolutely correct. For Nil, using the effort perception method is probably easier than getting a cheap heart rate monitor. You should be out if breath and feel tired after a walk for it to be helping lose weight. But as you get fitter you need to walk further/faster to have same effect!

A HRM can be useful if you're interested in building back up to running though. You can build a profile of your own HR patterns, eg tracking your resting HR will show you if your getting fitter (goes down over time) or if you are sick one day (raised). Or you can start with just counting your pulse in the morning and before/after exercise. From experience though, I've found pregnancy/children play havoc with your RHR and I now monitor my morning temperature to make sure I'm not under the weather.

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Old 27.06.2011, 09:27
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Re: Walking off the weight?

Our bodies are "designed" for walking. An hour of two of walking a day is most of the exercise you'll ever need. Take in a hill or carry a child for an extra boost.
To be effective, you need to eat correctly too. What you eat is far more important than how much.

There's a school of thought gaining much ground these days that to be healthy and fit, all you need to do is live more like our ancestors. Our bodies are not evolved or well adapted for modern life.
Particularly, grains (bread, cereal, etc. including wholemeal), sugar and dairy are very recent additions to human diet. Our bodies don't deal with them at all well. They produce a large insulin response which will result in fat being laid down.
Modern food has far too much carbohydrate which only rarely occurred in our ancestor's diets.

Prolonged, intense exercise is not natural either. Our ancestors would have walked about gathering food and firewood for a few hours a day. Occasionally, they would have done something fairly intense for a short period: chase game, move boulders, escape from a bear, etc.
Our bodies respond very well to a similar regime.

If you're interested, research "primal".
Mark Sisson's work is a good place to start http://www.marksdailyapple.com/welco...s-daily-apple/
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Old 27.06.2011, 15:04
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Re: Walking off the weight?

I have been living here for just under a month. I moved here from Chicago. In three weeks time I have lost 13 pounds. I walk an average of 8.5 miles a day. Not always at a high rate of speed. Any walking is better than riding for losing weight. As wonderful as the transportation is here, I love to walk. Makes no sense to get off the s18 in Stadelhof and catch the 11 to Bahnhofstrasse. Just walk. It clears your mind and trims your waist. It'll probably help your butt too! Good Luck!
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Re: Walking off the weight?

I don't know how scientific it is but I wear one of those heart monitor watches when I run (just out of interest rather than any serious reason) and found after, say, a 40 minute run where my heart is working somewhere between 160 and 180 the fat burn accounts for only 12 of those minutes.

Any kind of aerobic activity is great for all round general fitness but if you are specifically trying to burn fat (i.e. lose weight) I think the activity has to be pretty intense and sustained.

There are people on this forum who know lots about this stuff rather than me. I'm just going by my own untrained observations.
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