Exercise was never my “thing”, but now I need to make
it my “thing”. I’m pushing 50 years old, and my sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll in the form of borderline-high blood pressure, various aches & pains, and a susceptibility to becoming easily tired. [more inside]
posted by alex1965
on Apr 22, 2014 -
How close to the cliff edge does the path go along the coastal section of the Cleveland Way? [more inside]
posted by hoyland
on Mar 7, 2014 -
I 'kick up' a lot when I walk in damp conditions; when it's raining I have mud splashed up the back of my calf to my knee within five minutes. Others do not, so why? How do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by AFII
on Mar 6, 2014 -
I walk and hike a lot for exercise and to meet my dog's needs. But I'm having trouble going longer distances without some hip pain and tiredness. I just signed up for a 12 mile hike with 2200+ feet elevation gain in early December with friends. I don't want to have to back out. How can I up my mileage? [more inside]
posted by cecic
on Nov 4, 2013 -
We adopted Willa
on Sunday afternoon. She is a sweet, placid 3-year-old retired racing greyhound. She seemed to settle in okay on Sunday, but since Monday morning she has been very fearful and anxious. The most problematic manifestation of this is steadfast refusal to leave the house -- she freezes up and has to be carried/dragged over the threshold to go outside to do her business. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss
on Sep 10, 2013 -
Hi London Mefites! I will have time during an extended layover to choose one neighbourhood of your large, international city to eat dinner, wander a little, sleep, and eat breakfast in. Which neighbourhood should I choose? [more inside]
posted by eviemath
on Jul 4, 2013 -
Well-made walking shoes with repairable soles? This is kind of in line with cooking with cast iron, shaving with a straight razor, etc. I want well made comfortable walking shoes that will last for a decade with some upkeep and repair.
I'm looking to make an investment in some shoes that I can walk in all day that also look like normal shoes. Black/brown leather, no loud branding or insignias. I have Keen shoes similar to these
& love them, but Keen doesn't repair soles as I'm led to understand.
Are we now in a world where good walking shoes can't be repaired, is this a fool's errand? Not looking to exceed a couple hundred. Go!
posted by letstrythis
on Feb 14, 2013 -
Good day hikes in New Zealand? I'm travelling to New Zealand from the UK in November to go to a wedding. I'm taking three weeks off work and I plan on doing some hiking while I'm there. [more inside]
posted by antiwiggle
on Sep 22, 2012 -
Please help me feel better about walking at a pace of 15 min/mile! I usually walk my two dogs for an hour every evening at what I thought was a fairly fast pace. I recently downloaded an app to my iphone that tracks my walking and provides my pace which turns out to be a snail like 15 minutes per mile. Yikes - that seems so slow - I just need some encouragement that I'm not a big loser!
posted by Minos888
on Aug 11, 2012 -
Why do my feet hurt after I mow the lawn and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by VTX
on Jul 16, 2012 -
I'm planning a holiday in Scotland this August with a friend. We'd like to incorporate a few days (anything up to a week) of walking. Ideally, we'd like to go on a guided walk organised by a tour company - the kind where you stay in B&Bs/guest houses each night and the tour company organises transportation of your luggage during the day. The level of walking should be of the easy-to-moderate rather than super-challenging: the goal is to appreciate the beautiful Scottish landscape rather than undertake a strenuous physical challenge.
I've googled tour companies that offer this kind of thing, but I was wondering if any mefites have specific recommendations for UK-based tour companies offering this kind of holiday? Or any particular advice?
posted by meronym
on Apr 19, 2012 -
Over the last 4 months, I swapped out the driving part of my commute for walking. I walk about 4 miles round trip. This is great, but my beloved heels are all gathering dust in my closet. I would like to do the shoe swap out at work, but I really dislike the look of running shoes and dresses clearly designed for heels. Where can I get cute shoes for this purpose or am I resigned to running shoes?
posted by Nimmie Amee
on Mar 27, 2012 -
. What was it? Is it still online? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer
on Jan 3, 2012 -
Which pedestrians move aside while passing? When pedestrians walking at approximately equal strolling speeds in opposite directions are on a collision course, assuming each has a clear path to move aside, who yields? Help me not be THAT PERSON at the mall. [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens
on Dec 29, 2011 -
I want to walk a half marathon. My city's marathon is next fall, so I have plenty of time to get ready. I found various training plans online that range from 12-16 weeks, but that's really not what my question is about. I'm wondering, since I have almost a year till then, what should I do be doing now? Does it matter? I'm in good health but haven't exercised consistently lately. Also, general walking-a-half advice is very welcome!
posted by trillian
on Nov 22, 2011 -
Someone who very rarely wears high heels just got a pair of snazzy high heeled boots that I'm now wearing to work every day. (About an inch and a half tall, thick heels not stiletto) It's a learning experience. I'm trying to figure out how to walk gracefully but I still seem to be clomping awkwardly. Is there a trick to this or just practice? Also, I've observed that some women move their hips when they walk (which I've never done naturally) so I tried that but it makes this weird sensation in my hip joints like "popping" kind of. Is that normal? Is it just because it's a different kind of movement? Or does it mean I'm terribly deformed?
posted by bleep
on Nov 17, 2011 -
Please tell me how I could have handled this situation better.
I unintentionally got into an argument with a dog-walker at the park where I was conducting a running training session. I thought I handled the situation to the best of my ability, but my trainee told me that she thought I hadn't. So I wanted to ask your advice on how to deal with the same situation if it arose again. [more inside]
posted by Petrot
on Nov 14, 2011 -
Please recommend rain gear that will keep me dry and comfy walking around the city this winter. [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Nov 8, 2011 -
Looking for first-hand experiences of the Camino de Santiago--with potentially complicating health issues. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt
on Oct 18, 2011 -
Do you have any experience with ChiWalking? Has it helped you prevent / recover from injuries? Helped you get fit? Made your life awesome? [more inside]
posted by angiep
on Feb 18, 2011 -
With high arches and knees that, all of a sudden, are constantly hurting on the medial side of the joint, I've got to find a walking shoe to help extend the life of these parts. I walk on sidewalks mostly, in the neighborhood. I think a weekly MoTown Dance Party at the local joint is the reason for new knee problems, because I've never had them before all this dancing.
I've had great difficulty finding a shoe made with high arches. Slipping in the "Dr. Scholls" type inserts doesn't do it (they slide around too much) and right now, I can't afford orthotics.
My mom has feet that have all but fallen apart. She's had foot and knee surgery and hobbles around. I don't want to end up that disabled!
Can anyone recommend a good shoe?
posted by sleeping beauty
on Oct 19, 2010 -
I'm looking at Craigslist for a treadmill (to build a walking desk). There seem to be a lot of Proforms and a few Nordics, with a smattering of other items. I'm leaning towards the Nordic, and want to find out: 1) What's a good price (they seem to be all over the map)? 2) What kind of questions should I ask the sellers? 3) Is there another brand/model that would work better for building a walking desk?
posted by aaronwinborn
on Sep 1, 2010 -
What is the word for the thing that happens when two people are walking toward each other from opposite sides of the lane and one goes left to let the other pass, but the second goes left too and then they both go right together and left again?
posted by Lucubrator
on May 4, 2010 -
We're going to Ireland for two weeks in early June, and while its not exactly a walking/hiking tour, I'm sure there's going to be quite a lot of walking through cities. I usually just go to Payless and get something that looks roughly like loafers, and wear them into the ground, but it has occurred to me that I may want something a little more sturdy for this. Any recommendation for shoes that are reasonably priced, comfortable, but don't look like I've just come from the gym? Or can I just by a cheaper pair of shoes and put in some sort of insert? Or any other recommendations?
Possibly relevant details: I'm female, late 30s, live in the US, don't wear heels, my feet tend to run a little wide, and tend to wear things either like loafers or flats.
posted by korej
on May 2, 2010 -
Trying to walk more for fitness and adventure in NYC. Have exhausted my immediate neighborhood (East Village/LES), where else can I go? [more inside]
posted by alphasunhat
on Feb 28, 2010 -
I'm looking for a fun chart/table of distances (Heights, Lengths) to incorporate into a walking for wellness program. [more inside]
posted by lyam
on Feb 4, 2010 -
I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis a year ago. I am on Enbrel and it has helped a great deal with the pain I experienced in my arms and joints but I am still having really bad pain upon walking or standing in my low back, sacral joint areas...I swim and do a variety of stretches but it is not allowing me the recovery I long for. I use to walk a few miles everyday, hike on the weekends and I haven't been able to do that in a couple of years. I miss it! I have been reading up on Epidural Cortisone injections and I am curious about personal results people have had. I am interested in the good as well as the bad stories, so I can decide, after meeting with my Doctors, if I want to go through with it. In other words if the benefits outweigh the risks.
posted by gypseefire
on Oct 26, 2009 -
Where can I buy a really awesome and functional cane to help me recover from my injury? [more inside]
posted by kryptonik
on Oct 13, 2009 -
In less than 2 weeks time I am taking part in a 20 mile charity night-hike around the streets of London.
Does anyone have any advice for such a venture?
I've been doing quite a lot of walking over summer and am currently using a cross-trainer regularly at the gym, so hopefully stamina shouldn't be a problem - I'm mainly after advice to make life more comfortable. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu
on Sep 6, 2009 -
I want to go away for a good day's walking and 1 or 2 night's camping in the south of England next Monday / Tuesday and would like suggestions for any good routes people know. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu
on Aug 20, 2009 -
Tonight I need to buy a wooden walking cane in NYC tonight. It's supposed to be sturdy and not retractable. The grip doesn't matter. Any ideas where I can buy one? The average places like KMart and Duane Reade seem to offer only aluminum and fiberglass canes.
posted by I-baLL
on Jul 1, 2009 -
Okay to walk back to our hotel (Riverfront Residence Inn) from Simpatica (Portland, Or) on a Saturday night? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd
on May 20, 2009 -
Is it hypothetically possible for a human to walk one million miles over the course of their lifetime? [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt
on Oct 22, 2008 -
I suddenly developed a knot/lump and pain in the ball of my foot late last night that has persisted for 24 hours. I know it's not plantar fasciitis as I don't have stabbing pains in my heel or midfoot. [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on May 7, 2008 -
I heard a story on NPR some time ago, and am having no luck finding it now. It was about a man, possibly a professor of architecture, who taught students how to mindfully walk and study the suburban landscape. Who was this person? [more inside]
posted by jquinby
on Oct 10, 2007 -
Sometimes my shins hurt when I'm walking alone. It never happens when I'm walking with someone else. [more inside]
posted by Memo
on Oct 2, 2007 -