Walks Challenge: Week #6
Blocking You? Part 2
are some more common roadblocks to regular walking. Remember,
that for every roadblock, there can be many detours available.
Look to see if any of these are roadblocks for you, and
then identify at least one detour that you could use to
get around it and get back on track.
“No-One-To-Walk With” Roadblock.
“Walking by myself is too boring. I need somebody to
make me walk. And nobody I know has the same schedule.”
Look for classes provided by your local school district
or for groups who meet to walk. The Ohio Valley Runners/Walkers
Club is a good one in the Wheeling area. Take your dog for
a walk; put the kids in strollers. If they are old enough
ask them and your spouse to join you. If you can find someone
to walk with on an occasional basis, you may be able to
motivate yourself to exercise alone once in awhile.
to find an interested buddy?
your horizons and test the waters! This may be a great way
to meet people!
The I’m-Too-Embarrassed” Roadblock
“I’m just too far gone and out of shape. I’d
be embarrassed to even be seen walking. I can’t wear
those exercise clothes, I’ll look terrible in sweats
and I couldn’t keep up with anyone, anyway!”
Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Find an environment
where you are comfortable. Believe it or not, but the same
clothing used for an evening of TV watching is perfect walking
attire. The Ohio Valley has great trails and well-lit streets
- seek areas with well-maintained sidewalks. Walk by yourself
or to music and you don’t HAVE to keep up with anyone.
Ask the health club staff about walks for beginners and/or
people of larger size (many clubs are offering these classes).
Invest in a treadmill and walk in the privacy of your own
home until you feel better about your body and fitness level.
Trails to try:
Edgewood section of Wheeling
Jesuit University outdoor track
Ohio Valley Mall’s Walksport Program
“It’s just too expensive to exercise. Who can
afford those machines they sell on TV or a health club membership.
Without spending a lot of money, there really isn’t
any exercise you can do that would really help get you into
Think about all of the affordable options there are and
stop waiting until you have more money to join a club or
buy an expensive piece of equipment. (Remember the stairs
are the original stair-climbing machine!). Check out a school
track , the YMCA or the YWCA. Even some indoor tracks may
be available and free to the public at various times. Walk
at the mall. Many malls have walking programs that are free
or inexpensive to join.
Remember: you can walk right outside your own front door…on
Mother Nature’s track!
Walking is FREE! And most quality health clubs will be happy
to offer advice on walking locals and performance tips -
give them a call.
“I just can’t stick with an exercise routine,
I’ve tried. I know I should exercise, but I’ve
never been able to finish an 8-week exercise class or motivate
myself to go to a class regularly. There’s always something
else I’d rather be doing, anyway.”
This probably means you haven’t made health a priority
in your life or you haven’t found and activity you
enjoy doing. Walking with a friend or family member can
give you the motivation you need to begin and continue a
walking program. Incorporating walking into your daily routine
will make walking a healthy habit.
walking as a way to connect with yourself or others. Instead
of time on the phone, enjoy time side by side with your
friend or family member. Instead of “down time"
on the couch, try “uptime” on a beautiful local
trail. Use you walk as private time to meditate and to connect
with nature, yourself, or your higher power.
“I’ve heard people are worse off if they start
exercising than if they just stay sedentary. Besides, my
muscles are never stiff or sore until I try to exercise
and then I’m sore for days.”
I’ll Hurt Myself!
See a physician if you’re concerned about some aspect
of your health (especially your heart), or anytime you change
your physical level, but most apparently healthy people
of any age can safely engage in moderate levels of walking
without prior medical consultation. Invest in the right
kind of shoes, and warm-up slowly before you do anything.
Use common sense and listen to your body if you’re
not feeling right.
week go for a walk with your family!