For the past few weeks, I’ve been walking 45 minutes a day. I find that all of my walks tend to follow the following pattern -
1. I have to convince myself to actually pull out the treadmill and start walking. On most days, I’m successful, but on a few, I’m not.
2. Once I’ve plugged in the treadmill and grabbed a bottle of water, I start walking. The first five minutes always feel – weird? I set the speed very low and then every two minutes, I increase it.
3. Minutes 5 through 25 always feel great. I get into a rhythm and I start working up a sweat. During these minutes, I’m always super-happy that I’m walking.
4. Between 25 and 35 minutes, I hate walking. I’ve been following this program for almost a month, and it never fails. I hit the 25 minute mark and I want to quit. And, I don’t mean quit the session – I mean quit walking all together. Why? I have no idea – other than the fact that MAYBE I’ve burned up all of the fuel in my stomach and the body is transitioning to fat burning? Just a thought…
5. Once I make it to 35 minutes, I’m golden. In fact, as I move towards 45 minutes, I don’t really want to stop. I just want to keep going and going. And, from time to time, I do. Today, I walked and extra 2 minutes. A few days ago, I walked a total of 60.
6. After I finish walking, I feel awesome.
There’s the breakdown.
Today, I walked 47 minutes, covered 2 miles, and burned 250 calories. I don’t walk very fast and I don’t worry about distance. I just set the treadmill, plugin my headphones, and get moving. Over time, I’m sure that my speed will increase (as will the number of calories burned), but for now, I’m just proud of myself for actually getting on the treadmill!