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January 18, 2013 7:25 AM
I'm over 300 lbs and can't walk 2 mph. I can do a mile in 1 hour. Why isn't there a 1 mph exercise selection. I would imagine that at this weight, you burn something. It's very discouraging that, as heavy as I am, i can't count my exercise in some way. I trying to be encouraged that I'm even walking at this weight because everything hurts but I'm still doing it. Would be great if the web site could help with this.
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January 18, 2013 7:29 AM
I just found a web site that will do the calculation:

http://www.shapesense.com/fitness-exercise/calculators/walking-calorie-burn-calculator.aspx
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January 18, 2013 7:31 AM
I'm glad you found the website. Congratulations on getting moving! And, I would think of it as encouragement to keep going and try to get up to 2.0 mph! Good Luck!!! :)
January 18, 2013 7:33 AM
Seriously, When I had to log my walk, I couldn't believe that it was already entered in the database that walking at 2.0mph I would burn more than 3.0!
Your best bet is to download Endomondo for example. Love it! It calculates using a GPS your speed, miles walked and time to give you the calories burned.
January 18, 2013 7:37 AM
There are always going to be gaps in the database. Furthermore, these are guesstimates, you can sing you arms more than the next person, walk steeper hills, etc. I would bet that you burn as much in your hour as someone smaller who makes it two miles. If you like numbers and plan on eating back all of you exercise calories, I suggest you get a heart rate monitor.

Finally, obesity and fitness are two separate issues. I can walk faster than many of my average weight friends. As you keep it up, you will find that you are physically fit long before you are at a normal weight. Heck, at the rate I am going, I will be reasonably fit before I lose ten pounds...as long as I get off my arse and start today's workout.
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January 18, 2013 7:46 AM
I know that there is a way to add your own exercises and calories for it... I just don't know how to do it... Do you have a heart rate monitor? best $150 I've ever spent! then you can calculate exactly how many calories you've burned and not just be guessing... then as long as you know that it won't even matter what category you log it in as exercise either.

Also... I've never been quite 300, but have been too close to be comfortable with for sure.... But even at my heaviest I had absolutely no problem walking at at least 3.5mph for an hr or two... If you are in that much pain, I would suggest talking to a doctor to see if you have fibromyalgia (sp?) or something like that that you could maybe get on meds/physical therapy for that would make working out MUCH easier for you...

Also might want to try switching to lower impact exercises like swimming, biking, or the elliptical at least for a while if you are in that much pain working out.
January 18, 2013 10:54 AM
The problem with my knees is I've had one replacement and will need another on the other knee. I'm just walking through the pain. Once I get some weight off it should ease up.
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January 18, 2013 10:56 AM
It's tough. Right now I'm just trying to get my eating under control. I suspect that may take a couple weeks to get into all this. I hope that once I get over the initial 'digging in', so to speak, I won't need those exercise calories. I'm shooting for one pound a week.
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January 18, 2013 10:57 AM
I second getting yourself a heart rate monitor. Takes all the guess work out of whatever exercise you are able to do!
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January 18, 2013 10:57 AM
I use RunKeeper (a free) app and I set it to walking. It breaks into my music every 5 min to tell me my distance and pace. Believe me you hear the voice telling you your pace you will walk fast almost every day plus seeing your report on their site.
Edited by bugaha1 On January 18, 2013 11:02 AM
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January 18, 2013 10:58 AM
If you are going to a gym try the elliptical instead, it's much lower impact on your knees :)
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January 18, 2013 10:58 AM
if you have a smartphone, you can d/l the mapmywalk app (get the free version) then you can input as your own exercise here
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January 18, 2013 10:59 AM
QUOTE:

I'm over 300 lbs and can't walk 2 mph. I can do a mile in 1 hour. Why isn't there a 1 mph exercise selection. I would imagine that at this weight, you burn something. It's very discouraging that, as heavy as I am, i can't count my exercise in some way. I trying to be encouraged that I'm even walking at this weight because everything hurts but I'm still doing it. Would be great if the web site could help with this.

I started at 337 and was doing the same. 1mph. That's better than sitting on the couch. Just keep at it, move as you're comfortable. If your knee is busted, it's just going to take longer. There's a difference in pushing yourself to get to a goal, and pushing until you injure yourself more.

Take it slow if you have to and focus on eating right/enough for you. You'll see an immense change in your body just by changing your intake.

best of luck, it's a bumpy road, but it gets better.
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January 18, 2013 10:59 AM
I love Endomondo for tracking walks. It's a great way to find new routes too. And you can link it to MFP to automatically log your exercise.
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January 18, 2013 11:00 AM
Well done just take it a step and time good all moving is good keep it up
January 18, 2013 11:01 AM
Great that you found this tool - any bit of recording = visual evidence of something accomplished = a feeling of accomplishment. Congrats on your great effort to get moving. Any walking is better than no walking. If you can swim or attend an aquatic exercise class that's great too - easy on the joints and fun (as long as you like the water).
January 18, 2013 11:01 AM
You could try a recumbent bike--that way you don't have your body weight on your knee.
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January 18, 2013 11:02 AM
get a heart rate monitor. It's a lot more accurate than the guesstimations on here.

Also, swimming might be a better idea for you (for the first couple of weeks/months at least). Less hard on the knees.
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January 18, 2013 11:02 AM
Don't give up - you're headed in the right direction ! And look at all the people you have making the journey with you.
Edited by gajhgmimi On January 18, 2013 11:05 AM
January 18, 2013 11:08 AM
if you walk one mile an hour for 60 minutes but there is not an exercise to choose from at 1mph, why not just log 2mph at 30 minutes? I would imagine the calculation would be the same. (I'm a math person, makes logical sense to me).
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January 18, 2013 11:13 AM
trogalicious: Wow!! Congratulations! That's what I'm trying to do. I have my rescue dogs that MUST get walked every day so it at least gets me out when the weather is good. (you should see me when I'm fostering a Jack Russel. LOL Enough to drive you crazy.)

I'm so inspired by you and your weight loss.

Thanks,
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January 18, 2013 11:14 AM
Once late spring is here and I get the pool open, then I can swim. Thanks everyone!!!
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January 18, 2013 11:22 AM
Endomondo Rocks!~ I use it on family walks/hikes lets me know everything speed, distance, calories burned, even shows exactly where I walked on a map!~
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January 18, 2013 5:26 PM
QUOTE:

The problem with my knees is I've had one replacement and will need another on the other knee. I'm just walking through the pain. Once I get some weight off it should ease up.


With your knees being bad, I would suggest a recumbent bike, or swimming until you get some weight off. Walking a mile might be doing even more damage to your knees right now. Good for you for pushing thru the pain, but just be careful.
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