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Walking

I recently decided that it's time to start actually working on getting more fit, instead of just thinking about it, so I've been paying more attention to what I eat (the lesser part of my plan), and I've resolved to get more exercise (the greater part of my plan).

As a part of this effort, today I decided to go for a long walk, with stops here and there for lunch and to buy some minor groceries. I arrived home absolutely exhausted, certain that I had walked some huge distance ... and now Google Maps tells me that I actually walked only 3.6 miles. Wow. I'm even more out of shape than I thought!

Well, this only tells me that doing these kinds of walks is even more important than I realized, because that sort of distance was once trivial, and I want it to be easy for me again. For the past 20 years+, I've considered myself a great and hardy walker, and I plan to get that back.


Edited to Add: Upon further reflection and discussion with Shannon, I realized that my difficulty in today's walk was actually primarily due to how badly my feet were hurting, rather than actual cardiovascular difficulty. I still felt exhausted when I got home, but it was largely due to the fact that the last mile and a half or so of my walk involved pain with every step, which made the walk feel longer and more draining. And for several months now I've been feeling foot pain pretty much every day, sometimes even just walking around the house.

I'm wondering if maybe I've developed plantar fasciitis. A quick search online tells me that it can be brought on by weight gain. More research is needed.

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irontongue
Apr. 4th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
I know lots of people who've had plantar fasciitis, including myself. It's easily diagnosed and easy to treat (inserts for your shoes, not going barefoot, stretches), though it can take some time to clear up.

Until you've had your feet looked at, non-weight-bearing exercise (bicycling, swimming) will feel better than walking/dancing/running.
kimberly_a
Apr. 4th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC)
I was reading some stuff online today that said you should wear good, supportive shoes even when you walk around inside the house, even when you first get out of bed in the morning. I'm used to going barefoot anytime I can, so that's going to be a big change, though I think I only need to be so extreme while my feet are actually hurting. Today I started icing my feet and avoided my usual walking-intensive schedule. I'm going to try biking instead of walking when I need to travel any significant distance.

It's weird. The pain snuck up on me gradually, and so I just thought it was the result of getting old or something. I was hobbling around the house and not really identifying it as a problem that needed to be addressed.
irontongue
Apr. 5th, 2012 06:44 am (UTC)
My doctor sent me to a plantar fasciitis class taught by Kaiser Podiatry and also to physical therapy - I have/had the PF only in my right foot, and it is likely to be secondary to multiple ankle sprains. So my exercises also for strengthening the ankle.

I got inserts for some of my shoes, which are of varying degrees of supportiveness.
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