Walking instead of running **update with what I did today! (in red)
For the past couple of years, I will get into a running phase and will go for a few months. I'm not naturally a runner and did improve but something will make me stop doing it......time, energy, weather, etc (basically any excuse I can give....hahaha).
When I was running, most of the time I had to really force myself to go. Some days it wasn't too bad but I can never seem to get to that place that some of my friends were with running and say, "Oh my gosh, I love it now!" I have been in this major slump of exercising so I decided to go for a walk instead. I decided not to push myself but just go do something. So, I did and I can say "Oh my gosh, I love it!" I really do. I feel like it is easier on my body and I am more willing to do it. I went for a 20 minute walk this morning and plan to go for a 30 minute walk this afternoon or evening.
I will mix it up as well....if I see stairs, I will go up and down 10-15 times. If I see steps or a bench, I will add jump squats. I will also do a plank off the bench or a concrete step.
I know I'm not using as much calories as running so I'm looking for ideas on what else I can do while I'm walking.
Well, I wanted to add "stuff" to my walk to increase the calories I use and to mix my walk up. 40 minutes and 309 calories later (determined by my heart rate monitor), this is what I accomplished: