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Pinballdoctor, I understand you do this for 2 (or 3?) hours per day?

I was wondering why you chose this over just walking or taking up running? Any specific reasons? also, are there different methods of powerwalking?

any book or website your would recommend?
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I walk alot in the spring, summer, and fall. However, its now winter, and where I live its too cold to walk. Hell, some days the car won't even start.

For anyone who is overweight, walking is better than running because its easier on the joints. Once the weight comes down, the pace can be increased, to the point of jogging. The whole point is to raise your heart rate to its optimal rate, then keep it at that rate for 30 to 45 minutes. That will allow you to burn calories, and eliminate toxins through sweating. Walking is great exercise. Almost anyone can do it, its great for the body, its free, you get the wind in your face, and a change of scenery every minute or two.

Powerwalking is just advanced walking. You start slow and soon you can go 10 miles at a fast pace. Even walking the dog is a good start.
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ST, my folks used to be into Power Walking when I was a kid. And boy-oh-boy was it embarrassing.

As best as I can remember it, Power Walking is a lot like walking except that you also pump your arms enthusiastically and twist your hips with each step. The idea is to get the maximum benefit from each motion. By getting your arms and hips into the mix, you end up working-out more muscle-groups (and burning more calories).

But try telling that to a ten-year old kid. I remember having to go to a public park with my folks (and their Power Walking buddies) and having to (power) walk passed a bunch of bikers who were hanging out there (and probably getting high). It's hard to imagine why but they found our motion to be rather amusing ...
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you know.. I think I've seen people power walking.. and didn't realize it. i have a neighbor that I think power walks.

well, duhhh.. I've seen it and didn't realize it.

some clips on power walking..

are you in this video, Harry?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GmNl7W6ijo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D85xW81tMuE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQc0grejTRI

these people always look so happy and excited to be doing these routines..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acak_tx9B5g
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you know.. I think I had power walking confused with race walking. the race walking looks a bit smoother..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKw3AhH72cU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2urNVmKnEaQ

gosh.. they have television shows on this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZahrBQBJ3I

Dave McGovern is a known name in race walking.. he has a clinic in Carmel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqMPzYh9P8U

ok.. nothing to do with racewalking.. but this is of the racewalker's weird cat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6OKbxXVzD4

(pssst, Kevin, we need a cat smiley )
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Here is a video on How To Powerwalk, From one of the masters'.

He looks pretty good for a guy in his 60's wouldn't you say?

https://www.beyou.tv/videos/Gary-Null...-Health-Step-6
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He looks very good for his age. He would look even better if he improved his posture.

I keep looking for the speed dial so I can speed up his talking.

but, the videos are good, even without being able to speed up his talking.
thanks.. I've viewed a couple of them, and intend to view the rest.

And, looking at Gary, .. I've never understood that building up of that muscle around the neck. I don't like the no neck look on anyone. but, it seems to be popular among musclebuilders.
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I walk alot in the spring, summer, and fall. However, its now winter, and where I live its too cold to walk.

For anyone who is overweight, walking is better than running because its easier on the joints. Walking is great exercise. Almost anyone can do it, its great for the body, its free, you get the wind in your face, and a change of scenery every minute or two.

Powerwalking is just advanced walking. You start slow and soon you can go 10 miles at a fast pace. Even walking the dog is a good start.
I think walking briskly is a very beneficial and enjoyable exercise. I don't "power" walk, because I don't move my arms in any special manner.

I walk everyday, I take in the beauty of nature, check out wildlife, and relax to the peaceful songbirds. I don't go very fast, but can walk around 3 1/2 miles in an hour or so. Walking the dog is a good start...mine love to get out and enjoy along with me!
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Friend of mine was never fat, but she neede dto lose 10 pounds (about 15-16 yrs ago). She powerwalked daily for 6 months. Lost 10 pounds with the side effect of having the greatest legs on the planet.
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ST, my folks used to be into Power Walking when I was a kid. And boy-oh-boy was it embarrassing.

As best as I can remember it, Power Walking is a lot like walking except that you also pump your arms enthusiastically and twist your hips with each step. The idea is to get the maximum benefit from each motion. By getting your arms and hips into the mix, you end up working-out more muscle-groups (and burning more calories).

But try telling that to a ten-year old kid. I remember having to go to a public park with my folks (and their Power Walking buddies) and having to (power) walk passed a bunch of bikers who were hanging out there (and probably getting high). It's hard to imagine why but they found our motion to be rather amusing ...

hahahahahaha!!! Oooh that was good.
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LOL I don't power walk, I just walk...Or more like hike. We Wisconsin hicks are used to walking through the woods, so we get our exercise climbing hills and making sure we don't trip over roots and rocks. Or in winter, you get extra exercise because you have to walk through the snow!

I tried joining a gym once, but it just isn't for me. Give me a river to go kayaking on or a trail to hike on and I'm good.
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Walking is the best exercise you can get! Hill walking is probably the top grade if you can manage it, but walking on the flat is fine too.
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I used to do power walking on my way to school (that was 6 years ago) and I kept it up for about 2 years. Worked wonders for my fitness and I never realised it until I stopped.

won a couple of cross country medals and never actually ran in my whole life

power walking means not walking in a way which is silly so as to hurt your ankles, bones and joints. When you walk too fast too soon, you can split your joints or hurt them too quickly.

that would mean you could only walk fast for a few minutes and then have to stop due to pain

so best way is to walk semi-fast, but not too fast or you'll blow yourself out
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Walking is the best exercise you can get! Hill walking is probably the top grade if you can manage it, but walking on the flat is fine too.

According rto Andrew Weil: long fast walks are the best thing you can do for normalizing the body. He mentions fast walking is what the body was designed to do.
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I wouldnt say that "too fast" walking is natural though - walking within your paces is what you should do. Im generally pretty fit, but 3-4 minutes of fast walking can make your ankles and calves sore
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