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And We're Walking, We're Walking...

Much to the dismay of my body, I have discovered that walking around “The Block” affects different body parts than walking on the treadmill at the house. When we walk around the block, I find that I have pain in my lower back and in my right thigh. Those are the two areas that are most affected. When I walk on the treadmill, I find that my lower calves are the most affected. This generally has me amused. Why would walking one way work very differently than walking another? It’s walking right?

I’m not really expecting an answer to that. I just think if I’m walking, the original areas that had pain would… well… be in pain. I suppose, also, if I had walked the full 20 minutes it takes to go around the block, rather than only the 10 minutes I did on the treadmill, then that would have been the case. My legs were like jello about halfway through the time I’d intended to walk, so I decided to stop rather than do any potential damage to them. My goal is to eventually walk or do some sort of physical activity for at least 30 minutes. That’s not too much time in a day to devote to health related activities. It might extend into something further as time progresses.

Ideally? I’d like to get myself an iPod so I can listen to music when walking; not that gossiping with Nancy and Scott in the afternoon isn’t stimulating enough! I’m just more “inspired” to work harder or do better with music somehow involved. Music tends to further goad me into doing things. It might be odd, yes, but that’s simply how I work. For instance? I’m more apt to clean stuff up when I have music playing in the background, than if not. Cleaning is a boring task. Having music at least livens it up a bit, and isn’t that much of a distraction. So, that’s the next thing I need to look at getting for myself, an iPod, especially now that my Mac Book Pro is officially paid off. YAY MAC BOOK PRO! *ahem*

.oO (Now if I could just get everything else paid off too, all would be well with the world!)

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jessypi
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
I actually was reading an article about this yesterday. Walking on the treadmill affects both your balance (which would affect your lower back most likely as you expend more energy walking around the block to stay balanced and upright with your posture) and they do some of the work for you.

The article suggested if you want a treadmill work out to do as good of a job as walking around the block to use an incline of around 5%.
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