How far do you walk a day ?

My activity app on the phone recorded a grand total of 2.9 miles between March and September last year, mostly made up of trips to the village shop 50 metres away.

In a wild decision to increase fitness and reduce waistline, I managed about 1.5 miles before needing a lie down and a day on Ibuprufen, which reminded me that lots of running and long distance hikes in the past is the reason I have knackered ankles, knees, hip and lower back now.

Time to age gracefully, relax, and buy elastic waist trousers.
 
Any tips on that? I’ve got it along with heel spurs and my GP and a podiatrist have been next to useless. Hoping to continue our Thames walk soon so any tips welcome.
I had the wretched plantar fasciitis for over a year and it pissed me off in a big way. The podiatrist had me doing the following: rub anti-inflammatory gel on the arch of my foot then take a drink bottle full of water, frozen, and roll my foot over it for about 15 minutes a few times a day. The rolling had to be quite hard. This could easily be done sitting down eg. watching TV or eating. No progress was being made and as someone who ran daily it got to me. I was seeing a physio for something quite different and mentioned it. He was a runner who had had the ailment and he told me to just persist and one day it would be gone. He said it would not fade away, but one day I would just realise it was no longer there. And that's what eventuated. I then eased back into running very cautiously as I really didn't want it returning.

Apparently there is also an operation to repair the tendon, but that really did not appeal.
 
Change your therapist, get off the meds and exercise, been there and done it, put me on sertraline, then citalopram , couldn't be arsed to get out of bed most days and when I did it was to go to the loo or crack a tin and watch porn (all fine activities) but seriously walking or cycling helps. The shaky bit with the anxiety is just built up adrenaline and needs burning off, the fresh air and Vitamin D does wonders. If you want to PM no problem, but it does work.
I'm not a doc or anything but I know what has worked for me and a few other mates who are in the same boat.
Cheers. I'm on Fluxotine (prozac). I've been medicated for about 2yrs, but only having therapy for about 3 months. TBH the therapy is fecking emotional.

I even asked to up my meds, but my therapist convinced me not to because if I was doped up and happy she wouldn't be able to get me to open up enough to make the therapy worthwhile.

Apols for the thread drift.
 

Ciggie

GCM
Just done my 2.4 for the day, or rather for the dog, must admit my joints do feel a bit sore.
I wear Meindl walking shoes and boots but wonder if I shouldn’t go back to the softer riding but less durable Salomans.
I am currently wearing (navy) blue suede shoes, all leather, by Zara Man..little footgloves, good on just about all surfaces and personally I prefer them to ( bloody expensive but I got them free as a mate works for the company) Asics trainers.
 
Bit dressy for squelching about in the woods and fields, even the "nubuck" on mine is a bit much sometimes I go for grippy but soft soles. Saloman has been very nice as I say but the soles wear fast and they quickly look tatty, Merrels are very long lasting but the soles are quite hard on my joints.
The trouble with walking as life long exercise does begin to be apparent once one gets into middle age.
 
Bit dressy for squelching about in the woods and fields, even the "nubuck" on mine is a bit much sometimes I go for grippy but soft soles. Saloman has been very nice as I say but the soles wear fast and they quickly look tatty, Merrels are very long lasting but the soles are quite hard on my joints.
The trouble with walking as life long exercise does begin to be apparent once one gets into middle age.
I found the same problem with all these boots AKU Pilgrim, Altberg, Haix. The sole's were just too hard. Being a fat knacker, walking (when I used too) in any of these makes played havoc with my shagged knees and back.
 

Ciggie

GCM
Bit dressy for squelching about in the woods and fields, even the "nubuck" on mine is a bit much sometimes I go for grippy but soft soles. Saloman has been very nice as I say but the soles wear fast and they quickly look tatty, Merrels are very long lasting but the soles are quite hard on my joints.
The trouble with walking as life long exercise does begin to be apparent once one gets into middle age.
Funnily enough these got absolutely soaking last weekend thanks to an unexpected mini-monsoon but bore up well and after allowing to dry naturally absolutely unscathed...well impressed !!!
 

RBMK

LE
Book Reviewer
Incredibly variable depending on work.

If I'm doing site surveys then can easily knock up 6-8 miles. recently did two days on a large airbase and knocked off 17,000 steps on the first day. Even on a smaller site I would expect to cover 8-10k steps without any bother. I would usually do this once a week but lockdown and Teams meeting mean that some days I'm struggling to make 4,000 steps.

I'f I'm at home and not in Teams meetings then I try to get at least 6,000 steps in, even if it's only round the garden a few times. At weekends I can easily do 10-12,000 steps per day even if I'm just doing DIY. The garage workshop is 20m from the house and going to and counts for a surprising number of steps.

Fitbit says that I'm managing a reasonable amount of exercise every week but I'd like to do more.
 
For value for money this is hard to beat, just bluetooth it to your phone etc. Will do notifications, exercise, heartrate, blood oxygen, sleep etc, battery lasts about a week.

Honor 5 Smartband
Are there any of these types of devices that don't depend upon being pared to a smart phone? I'd also want one that I could download the data to a laptop but that doesn't need to be hooked up to the internet so my personal data a isn't hoovered up.

Any ideas or recommendations?
 

tgo

LE
Are there any of these types of devices that don't depend upon being pared to a smart phone? I'd also want one that I could download the data to a laptop but that doesn't need to be hooked up to the internet so my personal data a isn't hoovered up.

Any ideas or recommendations?
It's not quite as bad as that, the data isn't excessive and you can simply 'manually sync' to your phone when you're back at home and on your home Wi-Fi if data usage s an issue.
 
It's not quite as bad as that, the data isn't excessive and you can simply 'manually sync' to your phone when you're back at home and on your home Wi-Fi if data usage s an issue.
The point being is I have an old smart phone which probably doesn't work with newer apps and I don't actually want to sync with it using a phone in the first place.

The only thing I want to do is download stored data from a device directly to my computer.
 

tgo

LE
Hmmm, maybe an old arm mounted GPS with sdcard slot or similar, you'd look a bit... strange though nowadays. Or you can go Lo Tech...

Maybe this.

 
The point being is I have an old smart phone which probably doesn't work with newer apps and I don't actually want to sync with it using a phone in the first place.

The only thing I want to do is download stored data from a device directly to my computer.
The old Polar models like Rs300x would do that. They're discontinued but you could find them in Ebay?
The GPS is a foot pod thing which straps to your shoe.
Bit old though.
Have look at M200. You need to download Polar Flow with it. I use mine on my phone rather than fire up the lap top all the time.
 
These are my step counts for the last week and year. I walk a lot with my job and also try and walk or run most days.
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OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
I walk ~5km a day with the dogs in woodland, keeping a good pace, probably the same at work but it's more sedentary, like @Jimmy_Green I'd like to know the distance & energy used etc. but I don't want to wear a tracker that will hoover up my 'profile' and sell it to the lowest bidder... I also don't like wearing things on my wrists!

I have a pair of Lowa combat boots which have quite a rigid sole, Sorbothane insoles help massively, I use different boots (Lowa Z-8N) if the ground has been dry for some time as they have a more flexible sole, I can feel the difference day-to-day in my knees. I use Haix safety boots for work, not the cheap-as-chips supplied stuff that will cripple you within days, but allows the employer to fulfil their statutory duties to supply PPE...
 

Stavanger

Old-Salt
Slight drift, but just to add to this - I was always a bit dubious about the health benefits of walking, but saw my GP earlier this year about a minor health issue involving a swollen foot after being laid up for a few days
Concern was that it might be blood or fluid pooling, and potential for a thrombosis or DVT
He explained that the calf muscles are one of the main “engines” to drive blood back up from the lower limbs and aid the heart in circulation. As the muscles contract, they squeeze the blood vessels and force blood through the system (google “calf muscle pump”)
So now I walk a lot more and even if vegging out watching tv, I tighten and release the calf muscles to help shift the claret back upwards.......every day etc
 

DarkBrig

War Hero
I had the wretched plantar fasciitis for over a year and it pissed me off in a big way. The podiatrist had me doing the following: rub anti-inflammatory gel on the arch of my foot then take a drink bottle full of water, frozen, and roll my foot over it for about 15 minutes a few times a day. The rolling had to be quite hard. This could easily be done sitting down eg. watching TV or eating. No progress was being made and as someone who ran daily it got to me. I was seeing a physio for something quite different and mentioned it. He was a runner who had had the ailment and he told me to just persist and one day it would be gone. He said it would not fade away, but one day I would just realise it was no longer there. And that's what eventuated. I then eased back into running very cautiously as I really didn't want it returning.

Apparently there is also an operation to repair the tendon, but that really did not appeal.
Mate I literally feel your pain, I have had about 3 years of it, started on my left foot then when that was sorted it went to my right, I am now nearly pain free and going to take up running again but, by god some days I was like a (insert your word here) hobbling about on a cane.
 
Feck all (nearly). For some reason my anxiety and depression kicked up a notch last year and I just can't be arsed to do any phys. My therapist is working on it but I still haven't felt the urge to exercise.

I bought a new bicycle about 3 months ago and the only time I've ridden it was the 20ft to the bike shed. I'm clinically obese but have no urge to sort my shit out!!!
....then you will suffer with breathing problems, heart palpitations, mobility issues, and will reduce your life span by about 20 years, depending on how much of a porker you are, only you can sort it out. Start with short walks , increase the distance week by week, cut out the shit food, no takeaways, no beer, and FFS dont smoke.
 

Issi

LE
I’ve got a pair of leather Meindl boots, and I’m trying to break them in, but they’re absolutely rock hard.

Have I just got to get on with it and wear them, or is there a less painful alternative?
 

Kirkz

LE
I’ve got a pair of leather Meindl boots, and I’m trying to break them in, but they’re absolutely rock hard.

Have I just got to get on with it and wear them, or is there a less painful alternative?
Try soaking them in water, let them dry until just damp then wear them.
 

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