Chris Em wrote:
Brisk walking is one of the few forms of excersize requiring that you use every muscle. (roller blading, ice skating, cross country skiing, roller skating, and swimming are the others) It also helps with your circulatory (heart) system and breathing.
Four miles of brisk walking might be a bit ambitious -- how about if you got a couple of 2 pound dumb bells so that you could brisk walk for 1.5 -2.0 miles and give your upper body a work out at the same time? (I think you'll be surprised at the effect it will have on your abdomen!!) Maybe after a couple of weeks add some ankle weights to work out your legs on your trek?
Biking is good -- but it's all lower body work. When you get your bike you could alternate the 2 mile walk with a 4 mile bike ride. Variety is good and will help keep you motivated!
PS If your bum is bumming you out you might want to avoid the stair-master.
Thanks for the tips. I'm way far from 4 miles, and I wouldn't be doing it all in one stretch. I was going to walk to the grocery store at a brisk pace, do my shopping, then walk back at a moderate pace.
I have 3 lb. weights and ankle weights, but I have back and knee problems, so I was told not to walk in ankle weights.
I won't be using a stair master because of arthritis in my knees. Honestly, I can't do a lot of exercises. Walking and biking is about it. No trampoline, no jogging, nothing that bothers my joints. I can swim, but can't afford a Y membership right now. Honeatly, it's just me, my body weight, a couple of exercise bands and a pair of 3 lb. and 5 lb. dumbbells.