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can I walk instead of running
« on: August 01, 2021, 05:19:38 am »
I'd like to start doing some regular exercise every day on reducing my belly fat, I have a few general questions
1. Can I walk for longer time instead of running for shorter time? I understand running is the best but I don't like running.
2. Is it good or bad to run with my corset? This is a cheap corset which wasn't advertised to have any specified purpose, I bought it just for fun but it is okay, I like it, it's not uncomfortable

Thanks for any comments

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2021, 08:06:40 am »
If you are looking for equivalent workouts, perhaps someone else can answer.

There can be great value in walking and hiking.  Plus, it is a pleasant activity.

I would personally not wear a corset during a tough workout or on a very hot day; but, for casual walking and everyday going here to there that seems okay.   If it is an easy walk for a few hours that seems okay but not if it is too tight to breathe easily, of course.

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2021, 10:28:57 am »
I don't do any strenuous exercises like running.  Instead I putter around in my garden and have excellent muscle tone.  I'll do things like use a small shovel and work longer to get stuff done.  My doctor retired so I had to find a new one.  Neither has any issues with my diet and exercise routines. 

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2021, 11:13:54 am »
I'd like to start doing some regular exercise every day on reducing my belly fat, I have a few general questions
1. Can I walk for longer time instead of running for shorter time? I understand running is the best but I don't like running.
2. Is it good or bad to run with my corset? This is a cheap corset which wasn't advertised to have any specified purpose, I bought it just for fun but it is okay, I like it, it's not uncomfortable

Thanks for any comments
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Walking is a very good "low impact" exercise... especially if walking at a pace fast enough and walking long enough to increase your heart rate.
I walk just about every day, in town, on the rural roads around town, and hiking in the hills. 
I do sometimes run and jog... and I get involved in charity runs and marathons from time to time,
but walking is my primary form of daily exercise.

Wishing you well,
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"If your idea of an effective cardio workout involves long-distance running, high-intensity cycling, or a vigorous aerobics class, you’d be right, but you’d be leaving out a simple, but effective activity.

Brisk walking is a great cardio workout that can be done indoors or outdoors, at any time of day or night, and without the need for a gym membership or a lot of special gear.

All you need for a walking workout is a comfortable, sturdy pair of shoes and the motivation to lace them up and get on your feet.

This article will take a closer look at the benefits of walking as cardio exercise, and how you can boost your fitness and health by putting some pep in your step."
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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2021, 01:48:37 pm »
Walking is just as good as running as long as you walk really fast and move your arms vigorously up and down in a very exaggerated and pronounced manner.  You will most likely look like a giant dork though.
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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2021, 02:25:27 pm »
@mtf2020
Walking is a very good "low impact" exercise... especially if walking at a pace fast enough and walking long enough to increase your heart rate.
I walk just about every day, in town, on the rural roads around town, and hiking in the hills. 
I do sometimes run and jog... and I get involved in charity runs and marathons from time to time,
but walking is my primary form of daily exercise.

Wishing you well,
Danielle


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Below is an the introduction excerpt from the Healthline article.   
Go to the website LINK above to find more information.

"If your idea of an effective cardio workout involves long-distance running, high-intensity cycling, or a vigorous aerobics class, you’d be right, but you’d be leaving out a simple, but effective activity.

Brisk walking is a great cardio workout that can be done indoors or outdoors, at any time of day or night, and without the need for a gym membership or a lot of special gear.

All you need for a walking workout is a comfortable, sturdy pair of shoes and the motivation to lace them up and get on your feet.

This article will take a closer look at the benefits of walking as cardio exercise, and how you can boost your fitness and health by putting some pep in your step."



Tonight I ran (not too fast) for 15 minutes and I was VERY MUCH exhausted, my timer was 30 minutes but I wasn't able to finish it. Is it normal? I haven't done any serious exercise for a few years....

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2021, 02:54:38 pm »

Tonight I ran (not too fast) for 15 minutes and I was VERY MUCH exhausted, my timer was 30 minutes but I wasn't able to finish it. Is it normal? I haven't done any serious exercise for a few years....

@mf2020
Since you have not seriously exercised for a few years I am kinda surprised that you could run for the full 15 minutes...
...walking may be the better choice for you until you can build up your strength and stamina.

While aerobic walking (at a very quick pace with your arms vigorously) will burn the most calories, I usually
do most of my walking in a much more casual manner.... and a little slower pace so I can chat with my walking
friends as we go along.... but most of my walks are 4 to 8 miles, sometimes more.

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2021, 09:20:04 pm »
An 1 hour running is nearly equal to 4 hour walking in calorie consumption. As I do not have time to walk for 4 hours, I regularly run.

I think the best way of keeping our body healthy is change to a active life style: avoid elevators and cars, walking as much as possible, eating less, and etc.

Run slowly when you just started intensive exercise. I see many young college students run fast in the stadium of my campus, but later I seldom see them run again. They just run for < 20 mins, while I run for an hour. I have run since 2003 without any injury. Running is a long-term goal.

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2021, 07:02:06 am »
An 1 hour running is nearly equal to 4 hour walking in calorie consumption. As I do not have time to walk for 4 hours, I regularly run.

I think the best way of keeping our body healthy is change to a active life style: avoid elevators and cars, walking as much as possible, eating less, and etc.

Run slowly when you just started intensive exercise. I see many young college students run fast in the stadium of my campus, but later I seldom see them run again. They just run for < 20 mins, while I run for an hour. I have run since 2003 without any injury. Running is a long-term goal.

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I have hard time "eating less", but strangely, I am able to practice fasting for a day or two. When I start to eat, my body feels like eating more and more, it is so difficult to stop, so difficult. On the contrary, if I have a fixed plan for myself, like not eating at all on Monday, then I'll be able to stop eating at all for the day....it's like, my "engine" has stopped, it's easier to keep it stopped.

Is there any trusted information on how to start fasting?

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2021, 08:15:12 am »


Is there any trusted information on how to start fasting?

https://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html

If you do not eat at all a day, then you may decrease ca. 0.35 kg = 0.8 lbs of your body weight.

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2021, 03:17:12 pm »
https://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html

If you do not eat at all a day, then you may decrease ca. 0.35 kg = 0.8 lbs of your body weight.

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Could there be any adverse health effect if I don't eat at all for a day in a week?

Or say, is it good to stop eating at all for a day every week while eating normally for the other days?

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2021, 03:33:17 pm »
Could there be any adverse health effect if I don't eat at all for a day in a week?

Or say, is it good to stop eating at all for a day every week while eating normally for the other days?
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Please know that I am not trying to give your the "run-around" but the answer to your questions regarding fasting should be medically advised by your doctor.
Depending on your own personal health and health history, even fasting for a day can cause adverse health effects.
It would be best if your had a discussion with your personal doctor in regard to any fasting questions that you have and discover what your doctor's suggestions may be considering your health history.

Wishing you well with your weight loss endeavors.
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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2021, 03:47:57 pm »

I have hard time "eating less", but strangely, I am able to practice fasting for a day or two. When I start to eat, my body feels like eating more and more, it is so difficult to stop, so difficult. On the contrary, if I have a fixed plan for myself, like not eating at all on Monday, then I'll be able to stop eating at all for the day....it's like, my "engine" has stopped, it's easier to keep it stopped.

Is there any trusted information on how to start fasting?

Sweetie, your body feels like eating more and more because your brain doesn't know when it's going to get the chance to do it again. When you fast, you go into "starvation mode". I would highly recommend against this. It's better to have a little regularly, than a lot at very sporadic times. If your brain thinks it isn't going to get any food, it does anything it can to hang on to the fat reserves it has because it assumes you're going to need them to survive a prolonged period of not eating.

Way back when I lost a lot of weight, I lost about 80 lbs just walking several miles (about 6) for several times a week. Nothing more, nothing less. And eating small, healthy meals regularly. I found that doing extreme things had adverse effects for me and the key was just doing more and eating less in terms of calories. Not necessarily in the amount of food consumed. Sometimes it is just as simple as do more and eat healthier. I would put some music on my MP3 player (yes it was that long ago, lol) and just get into a meditative place while walking. The weight dropped off. I would lose 5-6 lbs a week easily.
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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2021, 07:17:18 am »
Sweetie, your body feels like eating more and more because your brain doesn't know when it's going to get the chance to do it again. When you fast, you go into "starvation mode". I would highly recommend against this. It's better to have a little regularly, than a lot at very sporadic times. If your brain thinks it isn't going to get any food, it does anything it can to hang on to the fat reserves it has because it assumes you're going to need them to survive a prolonged period of not eating.

Way back when I lost a lot of weight, I lost about 80 lbs just walking several miles (about 6) for several times a week. Nothing more, nothing less. And eating small, healthy meals regularly. I found that doing extreme things had adverse effects for me and the key was just doing more and eating less in terms of calories. Not necessarily in the amount of food consumed. Sometimes it is just as simple as do more and eat healthier. I would put some music on my MP3 player (yes it was that long ago, lol) and just get into a meditative place while walking. The weight dropped off. I would lose 5-6 lbs a week easily.


I'm kind of person that I feel so hard to resist temptation, when there is food and I know I can eat it then I'll eat it without control. On the contrary, if I make a schedule that I MUST NOT eat anything on a particular day for health reason, I'll have some preparation in the morning or the last night and I can follow it more easily. If I just tell myself - eat less, not stop, then the devil in my mind will just push me to keep eating because "less" has no definition....

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2021, 02:09:05 pm »

I'm kind of person that I feel so hard to resist temptation, when there is food and I know I can eat it then I'll eat it without control. On the contrary, if I make a schedule that I MUST NOT eat anything on a particular day for health reason, I'll have some preparation in the morning or the last night and I can follow it more easily. If I just tell myself - eat less, not stop, then the devil in my mind will just push me to keep eating because "less" has no definition....

Intermittent fasting has been popular here in South Korea.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide

I have never tried it, but some of my friends did it.

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« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2021, 02:43:50 pm »
Intermittent fasting has been popular here in South Korea.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide

I have never tried it, but some of my friends did it.

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you're from Korea?

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« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2021, 05:26:47 pm »
you're from Korea?

I am in Korea.

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2021, 07:50:03 pm »
Generally, even a little exercise is better than none.  Even if it doesn't make you lose weight, it is still good for you, and if it's something you enjoy and can make part of your daily routine, you're more likely to keep it up.

Whether a particular form of exercise is a good idea depends upon who is doing it.  I avoid running because running is high-impact exercise, and I've had joint problems my whole life.  When I was in grad school, I tried running up the 10 flights of stairs to my office every day, and after a week or so of that, I developed knee problems to the point that I could barely walk.  Since I was living and studying in NYC at the time, not walking was not a possibility.  I now avoid running and I use elevators rather than stairs whenever possible.

Nowadays, my regular daily exercise is bicycling.  I have a few routes that mostly avoid the traffic and I ride at 6:00 a.m. when traffic is pretty light anyway.  My usual routes are a mile or so, but I try to bike across the Hudson and back at least once a week, which amounts to 8 miles round trip.  I also walk into town every day, which is a 1 mile round trip.

As for losing weight: there is no one-size-fits-all.  Simply trying to eat less usually doesn't work (if you were able to do that, you would already have done it.)  And there are many different reasons for being overweight, and each requires a different approach.  Unfortunately, most doctors treat obesity as a moral problem rather than a medical problem (probably because most doctors don't want to deal with problems that don't have an obvious solution), and so are pretty useless.  I was fortunate that my endocrinologist has been working with me, and the medical practice also had a nutritionist on staff.

However, what finally helped me lose weight was retiring.  My problem is stress eating, and my job was stressful (bad upper management putting us in no-win situations) and getting worse.  My weight started going down almost from the day I quit work, and I lost around 30 lbs in six months.

Again, this is what worked for me.  It wouldn't work for someone who loses their appetite under stress, for instance.

There can also be psychological issues.  Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, in <em>the Body Keeps the Score</em> reports on one doctors experience with patients whose obesity is due to psychological trauma, e.g., childhood sexual abuse.  I think my own tendency to stress-eat comes from a childhood where eating was my only reliable source of comfort.
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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2021, 03:37:14 pm »
Outdoor exercise is also a form of meditation for me. Nothing formal and I don't even think about it. But it often puts me into kind of a zone. If the footing is difficult enough then I can't think about anything else, but even on easy routes it sets my mind free.

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Re: can I walk instead of running
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2021, 04:08:56 pm »
mf2020 --

I can only give you my personal "attack plan" so to speak.  It may or may not work for you.

I do two things:  Group Exercise + Walking.

I am a member of a local "F45" gym, which is similar to "Orange Theory" in that it has set schedules (45 minute HIIT classes) that change format every day.  It's expensive as heck, but it's still quite a bit less than a trainer and I need the group setting in order to help push myself a bit.  It's nice because you see the same people every day and you feel like you're "hanging out with friends" rather than doing something you don't like.  I try to go every day, but life usually intervenes enough that I only make it 5-6 times a week.

Because I get quite a bit of cardio and weight training during my HIIT classes (high intensity interval training), I add long brisk walks (around 3.5 miles per hour) for additional fat burning.  The duration of the walk depends on how much time I have that day, but I tend to do at least an hour and shoot for close to two hours. 

I don't try to lose much weight at a time -- I shoot for something around 1500 net calories per day (my workouts buy me back at least another 500 calories, so I am eating in the "normal" range of 2000 calories) and still losing close to a pound per week.

The reason I choose to walk vs. jog is due mostly to two reasons:  (1) if I add running to my already pretty intense workout that day, I will likely be overtraining, and (2) if you can get your heart rate up to the 120 bpm range or so while walking, you'll be burning more fat than anything else.

This route (like Barbie said before) requires a LOT of time.  I get to work at 6am every morning so that I can get off early enough to make it all work.  It isn't for everybody, but it's very effective and a very healthy way of going about losing weight without starving your body of the nutrients it needs.  Note also that I try to make my 2000 calories "count" by taking in lots of vegetables, lean meats, and healthy fats.

Prior to starting this "program" that I have been on/off for multiple years, I was a very pudgy 5'7", 215 lb dude.  Today, I am very close to 140 lbs, and I have very low body fat percentage.  I have yet to begin HRT, and I have this crazy notion that if I can get rid of all my "male" fat prior to starting HRT, the natural increase in body fat percentage associated with the hormones will begin depositing fat where I "want" it rather than where I don't.  I have absolutely no medical evidence to back this up, and I could just be off my rocker.  I guess we'll see soon, since I plan on starting HRT in the next few months.

Hope this helps in some way!

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