Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Speed walking ......

Since my accident, I have been walking daily. My target was to do 4 miles per day, my 1 hr of allowed exercise, during the lockdown. Reaching a minimum of 10,000 steps per day is apparently the guideline to use. Having never had to think about counting steps before this has come as a bit of a revelation.  

Reading various articles and researching step counts on the web, the average  person in the UK walks less then 5,000 steps a day. Not sure if these figures are accurate or not, but they are one's reported, so they are the one's I'll use. Fully understand those people with mobility problems and conditions that stop them exercising, they can't do 10,000. Nurses, Posties and many key workers do a lot more than 10,000 steps just at work. I know many triathletes, runners, hikers and all sorts of other people do well in excess of 10,000 per day, which means a lot of people walk significantly less 5,000 per day. Shocking statistics really.  

F
or April, I have walked 89.6 miles in 22 hrs 25 mins., which seems to be reasonable. I have been in every Road, Close  and Avenue in the small town I live in. Out of town it’s a case of sticking mainly to the paths, and avoiding stiles, and fields with cows in.πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„ Not that I have anything against cows, but not sure being a field full of them, is something on my bucket list. πŸ˜† 

I have signed up for Strava 100 miles in May, walking a 100 miles by the time the cast comes off, this seems to be a reasonable target. Then I can get on turbo 🚴‍♀️

Yesterday it rained non stop all day, to avoid getting my cast wet, I decided not to do the daily walk, pondering what to do instead. I took a leaf out of the person on the TV climbing Everest ⛰ using the stairs. So Up 50 times and down 50 times I went, it certainly got the heart rate going. 

Getting out of bed is getting easier. During the last few weeks, I have had to roll over, hold my ribcage and carefully sit up on the edge of the bed. Yesterday and today, the need to roll out of bed has receded, I can carefully sit up and then stand. Progress 😁

So today, the daily walk will include some speed walking, up and down the only hill in our small town. Actually not sure actually it could be defined as a hill, more of a slope. πŸ”Going up, round and down 5 times should get the heart rate going and get some peculiar looks from people. 😲

The march continues, so onwards and upwards πŸ˜€ May 100 miles here we come. 

1 comment:

  1. Well done Wendy, you're doing a grand job! Glad you are making progress with your recovery. Take care and stay safe xx

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