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rubbishfamily333 Wed 16-Oct-13 12:08:07

So I have started a new job which is very local, if I walk dd to school (30mins walk) then onto work (20-30 mins walk) and back again I could be walking for around two hours per day. Three times per week.

So before getting started I want to know what I should wear on my feet? I don't want to look silly with trainers and a smart coat and skirt confusedconfused

Should I get some willies? Are they even comfortable for walking in? for

rubbishfamily333 Wed 16-Oct-13 12:09:42

Sorry I pressed the button too soon.

Should I just buy a decent pair of flat boots? I don't know.

Any suggestions?

Also when walking for weightloss do you have to power walk? Or will the walking alone even at normal or slow pace aid weightloss?

Shallishanti Wed 16-Oct-13 12:11:41

I think you'll find willies quite unsuitable.

Awks Wed 16-Oct-13 12:15:13

I did this when I started to try and lose weight in May 2012. I joined mfp and logged all my walking and that told me how many calories I could consume - you tell mfp the pace you walked at and it calculates it.

In winter I wear black ecco ankle boots and in summer canvas superga's or something simillar. I lost 3 and a half stone and have kept it off for 9 months by continuing walking. Good luck, just put your shoes on and go, you truly don't need to worry about what you look like grin

Shybairns Wed 16-Oct-13 12:20:59

I would wear trainers and stuff what anyone thinks. If you are walking to work it makes sense to wear correct footwear. People will assume your heels are in you bag. Go for it!!

rubbishfamily333 Wed 16-Oct-13 14:12:24

Awks - wow that's very impressive grin so how often and for how long did you walk per day? And how many calories were you having on mfp?

I'm thinking about doing 5:2. confused

rubbishfamily333 Fri 18-Oct-13 09:13:40

Good start to the day, I have already walked dd to school and myself to work and I'm 15 mins early as I don't have to find a space to park gringrin

Rollermum Fri 18-Oct-13 12:21:24

I'd be interested to hear how you get on. I am walking a lot with my newborn 1-2 hrs a day to get out the house. Normally in two walks.

I'm not sure i can lose weight walking - when I was at uni I walked 40 mins twice a day to campus and it made difference! I'm an outlier though smile

FunnyRunner Fri 18-Oct-13 13:44:41

Just ordered a new pedometer so watching with interest smile

rubbishfamily333 Fri 18-Oct-13 16:53:16

Roller - what is a outlier? Lol

Well today I walked dd to school 25-30mins
Walked to work 15mins

Then back again so roughly about 1 1/2 hour when I walk.

So I'm thinking if I did it 3 times per week it must help with weightloss and muscle tone etc.

rubbishfamily333 Fri 18-Oct-13 16:53:55

Funny - what is your pedometer measuring?

cloudskitchen Fri 18-Oct-13 18:13:10

I wear fitflops flip flops in the summer and fitflop boots in the winter. very comfy. I rarely wear trainers unless in the gym. as I said, very rarely wink

Rollermum Fri 18-Oct-13 18:15:00

Rubbish It's like a statistical extreme (spot the ex-research geek). I just find it incredibly hard to lose weight! And gain v easily. Lucky me grin

I've always found pedometers a bit unreliable with their counts. Then again this is going back 10+ years.

GobblersKnob Fri 18-Oct-13 18:23:09

I find it helps, but it is very slow, I do 6-8 miles on a normal day.

If walking is your only exercise then you will probably need to make some small sustainable changes to diet as well.

Oh and I usually wear Converse or Dm's sometimes I find my feet start to ache, in which case wearing trainers for a few days usually helps.

AuntyEntropy Fri 18-Oct-13 18:49:21

You could always try MBTs - they won't achieve the magic results that they claim, but they are quite joint-protecting, and they will enable you to get a bit more exercise value out of your walk. They look hideous, but I definitely feel the difference when I walk using mine.

AuntyEntropy Fri 18-Oct-13 18:50:48

Or FitFlops are really comfy and don't look too naff.

Spirulina Fri 18-Oct-13 18:53:40

how are you going to deal with arriving at work sweaty?

TessCackle Fri 18-Oct-13 18:58:53

I don't know if you have a smart phone, but map my fitness is a gps tracking system that logs how fast/far you've walked and calculates your calories burnt according to your height and weight. It's helped me shft nearly 2 stone smile

rubbishfamily333 Fri 18-Oct-13 19:00:57

Aunty - what exactly are mbt's meant to do? I thought they were to help back problems?? Obviously clueless grin

Rooble Fri 18-Oct-13 19:03:47

You need to walk quite briskly (so a saunter up to school with the kids probably won't make a massive difference) and I would definitely wear walking trainers or, if totally determined not to, some shoes/boots that fit your foot properly. I can't drive so walk miles in the average day but had really sore foot bones last year from wearing biker boots which were pull-on and therefore not tight enough (your toes have to grip to hold them on - this left me with cramps in my feet).
Also, don't believe everything MFP tells you about calories consumed: I found it was better to stick to a limit (eg 1400 cals per day) and then only go much over that if I'd done some really mega hike (eg 8 miles across hills and moors). Otherwise any weightloss is so slow it's imperceptible and you become demotivated.
If you get some really good music on your iPod that can help you up your pace without realising it, you could find your walk to work becomes far shorter!
Good luck!

rubbishfamily333 Fri 18-Oct-13 19:04:20

Spirulina - well I walked today and I was abit hot but I don't think I was particularly sweaty, I was walking for about 45 mins in total. I wasn't power walking, I was walking at a normal speed (with dd for a lot of that time)

I'm hoping I will still burn calories and tone up even without power walking wink

rubbishfamily333 Fri 18-Oct-13 19:05:03

Tess - I have got that app it is good grin

rubbishfamily333 Fri 18-Oct-13 19:05:46

Tess - how did you shift 2 stone? Was it through walking?

Spirulina Fri 18-Oct-13 19:07:15

unfortunately you wont be doing a great deal then. I run a lot,and even that doesn't burn as many calories as you would think

BsshBossh Fri 18-Oct-13 19:53:50

If you feel hot, puffed out and your legs feel a bit wobbly afterwards then the walking is very effective. But diet is still key. If you're interested in 5:2 then dive in and do it alongside the walking. They say weightloss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. But the walking (and weightloss through the fasting) should give you more energy and you'll move more during the day.

Good luck!

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