I was starting to have “crabby” knees, and decided I had to do something about it.
I remembered working with a man who had severe damage to both knees. He told me he could walk without pain, even on stairs, as long as he kept the muscles around his knees strong. He did this with machine weight training.
I thought about him, and decided maybe I could strengthen my legs by walking.
So I began my “serious” walking program, and I have noticed lots of benefits already. Several are benefits that I wasn’t quite expecting and am very pleased with.
I would have said before that I “walked,” but really, it was more like strolling, stopping to smell the flowers on the way.
So I decided I had better get serious.
I started walking as fast as I could while still able to breathe and talk. In time, I could walk even farther and faster, with fewer breaks.
I already knew how to let my arms swing from my shoulders (thumbs forward, like shaking hands) and to hold my chest high. I knew how to “roll” my foot from heel to toe.
So, off I went.
When I started just three weeks ago I had several reasons for walking.
- I’m going on a hiking trip and wanted to be able to easily keep up.
- I wanted to strengthen my heart with aerobic activity, but I hate bouncing around.
- My doctor asks me, “What are you doing for aerobic exercise?” I always tell her I do massage all day long, but she doesn’t buy it.
- I wanted to drop a few pounds.
But, most importantly,
- I wanted my knees to have less discomfort. I noticed they were starting to be painful and creaky when moving to a standing position from a seat.
- One day I realized my knees weren’t quite “working right” when I wanted to get up from the floor. I wanted to; they didn’t. I didn’t like that, either.
Here are the benefits I have already received from my walking program.
- My legs feel stronger (and they were already strong.)
- My knees have no discomfort. It is much easier to stand from a seated position. In fact, it’s just plain easy again.
- My back is stronger and straighter. (I didn’t expect this benefit. I am sure that it was caused by the proper arm movement during walking.) This is a big benefit when sitting, standing and working.
- Stairs are easier, too.
- Of course, I also feel more energetic.
I know there are a lot of different causes for knee pain. I also know that, most of the time, pain in the legs and knees is caused by a muscular imbalance.
Walking can help correct your muscular imbalance.
And, if overweight is part of the cause for your knee (hip and ankle) pain, then walking will be doubly beneficial for you.
Here’s an example.
I met a woman in her thirties who had lost a couple of hundred pounds by walking. She told me she did not change her diet at all! When she first began walking, she could go only 6 houses down the street. Eventually she could go around the block, then farther and farther. By the time I met her, she was normal weight and race-walking.
So there you have it, and I have faith in you that you can do it. If you’d like a free report I wrote about walking without pain and being a happy walker, please go to http://WalkingSmart.com