My wife and I had a nice walk around the lake yesterday on Sunday morning.
Place: Miramar Lake
Distance: 3 miles
Time: Sunday, May 22, 2016. Morning.
I’m getting back into, as it’s been months since my last walk or run, back in January of this year.
My Mom’s been discouraging me from walking. And it’s only because my Dad’s been having problems with his knees, after walking at least 30 minutes a day. I think he’s working out on a stationary bicycle.
Anyway, I love walking and hiking, but her advice was weighing on my psyche. Well, Moms can be very influential, but I feel I must walk, but not just walk. I need to cross-train and I think that is the key to success and protecting the knees.
I admit, that I’ve seen old folks at the retirement homes with bad knees, and they have to use a can or a walker. It’s interesting how some old folks don’t need a walk or cane, and others do.
Why is that? Diet? Years of walking or running?
Of course there are a lot of factors. Weight. Frequency.
I think you can’t, for one, walk the same distance every day.
You have to mix it up throughout the week. Have rest days. Build a base of short walks, then have medium and long walks. It’s just like if you were training for a marathon. You don’t run a marathon or half marathon every day. You train. And you run short distances and medium distances and half a long run on Saturday or Sunday. Then you build up through weeks and months of train until your body is used to the longer distances.
Darn. Now I’m inspired to run that marathon race I never ran. I did a half marathon and I thought that was grueling, but looking back I may have overtrained for that.
So, knowledge is power, and you can’t just start an exercise regimen and expect results. You have to train smart, and read a lot of books about exercise and human anatomy.
For anyone getting back into an exercise regimen, it’s important to ease back into it for health and to prevent injury. Especially for older baby boomers like myself, you have to go easy and develop a plan. And it’s better to practice LSD (long slow distance) than to go all out every time and sprint and wear your body out. Now that is a recipe for injury.
Okay, more on this later as I get back into working out regularly.
Wish me luck.