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Battle the bulge with walking

April 14, 2010

It’s not rocket science.  Spending less time vegging and more time moving results in weight loss.  My husband has been bugging me to spend less time playing Farmville and more time training for the Avon Walk.

The first year that I participated in the walk, I trained like a maniac. I had never walked a marathon distance.  I had walked 13 miles 20 years in the past when I participated in a March of Dimes fundraiser, but I was in my early 20’s at the time.  So that first year I followed the training schedule on Marathon Walking website.   By two months before the walk, I was walking 16 miles on Saturdays and feeling really good.  I completed the 40 mile NY City Avon Walk with just some minor blisters on my feet.  I thought I would feel sore and fatigued on Monday, but instead, I felt ready to go for a walk!

The following year, I led training walks which were well attended – averaging 10 people.  We walked at least 7 miles each Saturday for months prior to the walk.   The second year I participated in the NY walk, I was at the Wellness Village by 4:00 pm, 2 hours earlier than the year before.   Because I have done the walk a number of times now, I know I can walk the distance and I don’t have the same urgency to start training.  The research below may be enough to motivate me to get up, grab the dogs and go for a walk.

Researcher Dr. Pascale Mauriège, of Quebec’s Laval University recently completed a study of 35 moderately obese and sedentary white women who were either nearing menopause or newly post-menopausal. Thirty women finished the program – 16 premenopausal and 14 postmenopausal. The women, guided by trainers, walked for 45 minutes on an indoor track every other day for 16 weeks. The intensity of the walking was not unlike the intensity of walking a dog, Mauriège said. While moderately obese, all participants were healthy. Greater weight loss was achieved by the premenopausal women who lost an average of about 4.4 pounds compared to 1.5 pounds for the postmenopausal women. They also tended to lose more fat mass. Postmenopausal women, however, tended to benefit with a larger drop in their waist size and from gains in lean body mass. Read entire article here: http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2010/04/13/eline/links/20100413elin001.html

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