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Hameedeh

Walking For Health

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Walking is a good way to get fit and stay healthy. Post your steps, miles or kilometers. Please don't compare yourself to others. If you haven't been walking regularly, start with five minutes and try to do a little more each day. If you don't have a pedometer, google the distance you walked and compare to this chart:

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Since today is not over yet, I can't post today's steps.

I'm going to post the steps I walked yesterday. 1,595 steps.

InshaAllah tomorrow is Saturday so I will probably walk more.

But it won't show up until I post it on Sunday. ;)

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On 9/19/2015 at 4:26 PM, notme said:

I think of walking as transportation, not exercise. My son told me his friend called him "weird" because he walks places.

That is weird since most people drive everywhere, I even drive to a store thats a few minutes away. Walking would be better health wise and cheaper lol

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^ Sometimes people drive just because it saves them time. Three weeks ago I went for a 90 minute walk and I had 6000+ steps that day.

My steps for September 18 were 1588. :)

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My today's walking distance: About 3 KM (from Google). That's the least amount I usually walk every day.

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As for walking and transportation and apart from walking and health, walking also has many other overt and covert positive effects. It is a good solution for reducing the usage of vehicles and, as a result, reducing traffic jam, car accident, fuel consumption, air and noise pollution, waste of oil resources and cost/money. 

On 9/19/2015 at 4:26 PM, notme said:

I think of walking as transportation, not exercise. My son told me his friend called him "weird" because he walks places.

It's not weird, but that using car for every single movement and at the same time walking just for our health without going to a destination we need to go is weird. I mean instead of walking in streets just for the sake of our health we can walk (the entire path or at least a part of it) to the places such as work, university, school which we are obliged to go there. This way many transportation issues and problems like the ones mentioned above can be solved or reduced.

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A few weeks ago we walked to our local public library. It isn't far, but there were no sidewalks. When we got there, I found a tick on my daughter. Fortunately it hadn't dug in yet, it was just on the surface of her skin, but still it was disgusting. We are a mile from a grocery store and less than a mile from library, community center, schools, playground, restaurants, and several small stores, but we have no sidewalk and we are close to highways. This place is very poorly designed for walking.

Should I design walking paths and submit them to the locality?

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And bicycle paths as well.

Multi-use paths. But I don't know how much easement there is by the side of the road, and also environmental regulations could limit the feasibility of non-porous paved paths. I was thinking of gravel or porous pavement like an improved hiking trail. Can bikes run on those?

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^ Just walking around inside the house (and sitting at the computer a lot) might generate 1500 steps a day. The smaller the house or apartment, the less steps taken. I guess. :blush:

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Have been too busy to post my steps. Here goes:

September 20 - 3464 steps

September 21 - 1891 steps

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My steps are up some days and down some days. It's all good. :)

September 25 - 2655 steps

September 26 - 1191 steps

September 27 - 1544 steps

September 28 - 1047 steps

September 29 - 2271 steps

September 30 - 2937 steps

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Long walk on Thursday, shopping on Friday, and Saturday sitting around too much at two year old's birthday party.

October 01 - 7380 steps

October 02 - 2598 steps

October 03 - 1125 steps

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Still walking every day, but only posting days that I walked 2km (1.25 miles), more than 2500 steps. :) 

October 23 - 4108 
October 25 - 2555
October 26 - 2850

November 03 - 2804
November 06 - 3250
November 11 - 6689
November 12 - 3203
November 14 - 4683
November 16 - 2672
November 21 - 4800
November 23 - 7301
November 24 - 4224
November 25 - 2691

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On 9/19/2015 at 3:24 AM, Repentant said:

Do you have a chart that shows how many calories are burned through keyboard key strokes?

How many calories do you burn during Typing, electric, manual or computer? Calories Burned: 29 calories per hour

Enter your information (weight, height, age and gender) to get an estimate of how many calories you burn:

https://www.fitday.com/webfit/burned/calories_burned_Typing_electric_manual_or_computer.html

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Walking steps. Hard to walk a lot when it is below freezing outside. Walking inside is fine. 

December 05 - 3904
December 08 - 4641
December 09 - 3895
December 15 - 3743
December 16 - 2685

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i dont want to be demotivating but walking wont actually lose you any weight, you might sweat a little but also it will increase your appetite which means even MORE weight on 

i used to run every day for 10 kms for years(till i buckled my knees as i used to almost never take days off and recover) and i can tell you that unless you are running at least 7 kms a day (with days off for recovery) you wont lose any fat 

however there is also another problem , if you do decide to run 5-7km per day you still need to diet, because if you eat what you like, the more exercise you do the more your appetite will increase and that means that you will be putting on even more weight then you had before and the whole experience will be counter productive 

so when you sum it all up, if your after weight loss there is only one way to do it, and thats to diet, you dont even need to exercise you can just continue to live your life as you did but you have got to always be hungry, and when you eat, eat very little and eat VERY healthy (like salads with a little protein avoiding carbs and of course junk food)

 

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^ Thanks, but I am not walking to lose weight because I am already at my goal weight. I am walking to burn calories so that I don't gain weight. :) 

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My pedometer is over five years old. Unexpectedly the company will not allow me to upload data to their website. All the walking that I did recently did not register when I logged in today. They want me to buy a new model. I don't think so. I can use google maps to know how far I walked. Goodbye pedometer that was my healthy companion for five years.  :byecry: 

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@notme You said you got a fitbit pedometer. I want to get one, too, but there are so many different models. How do you decide which one to get? @everyone

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On 1/25/2016 at 5:06 PM, hameedeh said:

@notme You said you got a fitbit pedometer. I want to get one, too, but there are so many different models. How do you decide which one to get? @everyone

I let my husband pick the one he wanted, then challenged him to a competition. :D 

The problem I have with fitbit is it doesn't count steps taken while pushing a stroller or shopping cart or carrying something (or someone) or even holding a small child's hand. I think it must count arm motions not change in location. Other than that, it's great. The model I have monitors heart rate, estimates calories burned, tracks walking and some other exercises automatically. The app provides for logging meals and snacks and water.

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@hameedeh I'm experimenting with wearing the fitbit on my ankle. Some people on the internet are saying it gives a more accurate step count for people who use their hands while walking, but the accuracy of heart rate monitoring declines. After a few days I'll update on how well it does. I've got the one with the large wristband and it just barely fits my ankle, but some random internet people have improvised with rubber bands and such.

It makes a lousy watch when worn on the ankle. Having to look at my leg to know the time is awkward.

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@notme My old pedometer was a bicep armband and I could wear it all the time. I wasn't a fan of the watch type pedometer because I was always worried that it would get wet and stop working, because I am always doing a lot of washing up.

I am planning to join a gym in one or two months. A relative is going to go with me, so I won't be alone and I won't be worried that anyone will talk to me about my hijab. :clap:

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On 1/25/2016 at 6:53 PM, notme said:

I let my husband pick the one he wanted, then challenged him to a competition. :D 

A relative bought me the fitbit wristband in February. Three of my relatives have a fitbit. I challenged them to see who can get the most steps in a Daily Showdown. The other one walks 20,000 steps a day. :surrender:

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On 4/18/2016 at 7:39 PM, Hameedeh said:

A relative bought me the fitbit wristband in February. 

It's been two years since I posted in this topic. The wristband on my fitbit broke after two years, and it does not have a replacement band. Since mine was a gift, I won't be buying a whole new fitbit. I will just keep on walking without knowing how many steps I took. 

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8 minutes ago, Hameedeh said:

It's been two years since I posted in this topic. The wristband on my fitbit broke after two years, and it does not have a replacement band. Since mine was a gift, I won't be buying a whole new fitbit. I will just keep on walking without knowing how many steps I took. 

Thats a good idea, would save your $$$

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On 5/9/2018 at 7:10 PM, Hameedeh said:

It's been two years since I posted in this topic. The wristband on my fitbit broke after two years, and it does not have a replacement band. Since mine was a gift, I won't be buying a whole new fitbit. I will just keep on walking without knowing how many steps I took. 

I use Google Fit on my phone to give me an approximation of my steps, and also use Google Maps to safe the route I walked each day. See, I sometimes walk for 3/4 hours and end up "discovering" new places which I want to safe. Google Maps is extremely helpful for me.

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