From Sedentary to Exercise Junkie

I have continued to progress with my exercise and endurance.  I have been able to walk up to six miles, with brief rest stops at 2 mile intervals.  I also started weight training about six months ago and now do weight training 3 days a week, cardio 3 days a week, with one rest day.  In addition to that I still walk outside as much as possible, weather permitting.  I am living proof that you can do things you don’t think are possible.  It is your mind you have to convince!

Since I created this page, I have continued to increase my endurance as well as the length and types of exercise I am doing.  It continues to amaze me daily how far I have come in a year.  Going plant based gave me my life back.  I just completed my first 5k charity walk!

And now trying to push my distance walking without resting.  I did have to sit down and rest a few seconds several times during the 5k but this past week I walked 2.7 miles without resting!

I want to share with you, my followers, how I went from not being able to walk or stand more than 2 minutes, basically being disabled and relying on a wheelchair, to walking at least a mile a day and now doing aerobic exercise daily.  The whole food plant based no oil diet was the biggest reason and what got me healthy enough to start gaining my mobility back, by reducing body inflammation which decreased my pain level significantly.  But after 20 years of not moving at all, being completely sedentary, I had to start getting my muscles and my body used to moving again.

I started with only a few minutes a day on an inexpensive pedal exerciser similar to this one.

I worked my way up to at least four hours a day of using this under my desk while working on my  computer.  This helped strengthened my legs and start to develop some endurance.  But it had no resistance since it did not have a flywheel.

So then I graduated to this Desk Cycle which I am still using.  It has much more resistance, burns more calories, and has many more tracking features.

After using this for a few months at least five hours a day I starting walking.  First it was only to the end of the block and back.  I was thrilled and excited that I could walk at all! I started increasing my walking time, not concerned about distance.  Once I was able to walk 15 minutes I discovered a nearby park that had a nice level walking path.  I worked my way up to 1 mile!!!  Unbelievable for someone who had not walked more than a few feet in 20 years!  I continue to push myself and sometimes make 2 miles, with a short rest break in the middle.

Then COVID-19 hit and I needed to stay inside since I am such high risk due to my age and history of respiratory issues.  So I went looking for a way to maintain my 2 mile walking inside.  I discovered this Walk At Home series and it is working great for me.  I do at least a 20 minute workout in the morning and at least 30 minutes in the afternoon.  This is the equivalent of 3 – 4 miles of walking. After only a few short weeks I am starting to see changes in my body composition.

So if you think you can’t exercise just take a look at these pictures!  If I can do this at age 66, with fibromyalgia and arthritis, then you can too!