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Offline Pattidevans

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Walking fitness
« on: 23 February 2016, 05:58:32 PM »
HI all

I'm a bit shocked today.... we've always done a fair bit of walking and so long as it's not too much of a hill-climb I've been able to walk fairly long distances at my own pace which is not as fast as some.  However, this winter the weather has been dire and most of the time I've not wanted to go out of the house unless it's been necessary.  Even to the extent that if I needed to go into town (a 10 - 15 minute walk depending on which end of town) Julian has run me down in the car.  Anyway, today dawned mild and sunny, so we dropped everything in favour of a walk.  As a rule I can walk to Mousehole no problem (a distance of about 3.5 miles) and after a bit of a sit down and a coffee I can walk back again.  So off we set, by the time I had done about a mile and a quarter my legs were aching!  Anyway, we had a jar of home made marmalade in the rucksack which we intended to drop off with an elderly friend of ours who lives in Newlyn,  whom we've not seen for a few weeks.  By the time we reached his place I'd had enough and was grateful for the offer of a cuppa before we turned around and walked back (total of 4 miles round trip).  When we arrived in the centre of town lo and behold the "town bus" hove into view (amazing cos it only runs once an hour), so I gratefully flagged it down and we rode home, being dropped right in front of our house.  I'm rather shocked though, cos at my age I can't afford to let fitness slip... so I am determined to get out and do more walking and STOP getting a lift into town!

BGs were great though, not gone higher than 5.9 after eating corned beef hash (made with potatoes and onions) with fried eggs for brunch, even with pumpy set to 70%.
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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #1 on: 23 February 2016, 07:21:27 PM »
At least you have age. I noticed I'm noticeably less fit after a winter of sitting about, I also think my basal creeping up comes from just doing less. It is still pretty nasty out there in Scotland, no snow but frost and the gritters have just gone past. I really do need to get back to walking more.
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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #2 on: 23 February 2016, 10:18:34 PM »
Well that's what happens when you let the exercise slip Patti - age has nowt to do with it.

I've always been the same really - as a child I hated going on walks with mom and dad (though I could and did walk for miles) I'd much rather sit round and read something INTERESTING.  However weekend nights if they said 'We're going to Dartmouth Park' I'd happily walk there as one was allowed to run about, go on the swings and feed the ducks on the boating lake before coming home again.  If it was Fri or Sat and early enough, the V nice sweet shop opposite the main entrance might be open so they probably bought a quarter of sweets to share - nice things like Bluebird toffees (choc coated) choc eclairs or choc limes or -drool - fudge !  So - that could be quite FUN !

As an adult, Mk I wouldn't walk into the kitchen he was that averse to it (unless he had a shotgun at the ready when he too could walk for hours and stalk LOL) and even hotel to beach was a bit of an imposition, used to drive me bonkers but I'd scoot all over Bham city centre at lunchtimes and walk into Kidder at weekends to do the shopping so that was fine.  With Pete - there IS no park within walking distance and you are walking on pavements or in the road, so I hate it - but on visits to NT places we've just walked, except Pete just isn't 'that keen' on walking round the grounds of stately piles and I have no idea why.  He was walking miles a day at work way back when he read meters, a lot were remote pumping stations 4 fields from a road on an isolated farm somewhere and that sort of things - cos he was allocated all the ones that hadn't been read this century to see if they still existed or needed deleting - perhaps that signalled that 'expanxse of grass' and 'walk' equals 'work' ?  LOL   I have always liked looking at what's growing as I walk, whether it's ramrod tulips in a front garden or an old established loaded wisteria on a posh pergola at Lord and Lady Muck's place.  But on hols we have always walked into towns and villages, to beaches that aren't smack in front of the apartments we've stayed in or the campsite or whatever, but within walking distance.

So the first two days of the hols I was always struggling - but by the end of the fortnight it was only a  'nip' to the beach.

And that's where you are at the mo Patti.  You'll ache like hell tomorrow but the next day you OUGHT to walk into town or somewhere else the same sort of distance, otherwise it will all 'seize' !!  LOL  (and WD40 doesn't help at all)  You'll be 100% again before Easter !
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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #3 on: 23 February 2016, 10:34:10 PM »
Ah well, I am scheduled to meet up with my friend on Thursday and provided it's not a howling gale with horizontal rain (which it has been since mid-Nov) then we will walk.... probably to Mousehole, but we will set off from her house and that's a good mile or more nearer (her house is just about where I noticed my legs aching).  The pity is that the other walk that's easy to do is to Marazion and the path has collapsed and is now blocked off for at least a mile.


I shall get fitter, I shall!
Patti


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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #4 on: 24 February 2016, 12:45:13 PM »
Sadly, you can't "bank" fitness! No matter how fit you have been in the past, the body adapts to whatever you need it to do, so it won't spend energy maintain extra tissue (muscle mass, lung capacity) if it thinks it doesn't need it anymore. Generally speaking, we've all got about 10 days' grace before our body starts modifying itself. So anyone would start to see a difference in their capacities after 10-14 days of being less active.

The flip side of this is that the body will adapt to whatever it needs to do NOW. So anyone can get fitter again, as well :)
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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #5 on: 24 February 2016, 05:46:18 PM »
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The flip side of this is that the body will adapt to whatever it needs to do NOW. So anyone can get fitter again, as well :)

True, but what I was getting at is that the process gets slower as you get older and it's too easy to let things slip until actually you literally can't do the things you used to do and that's fatal for an older person.

Went for another walk today - sun was out but the wind was evil, so cold.  Approx 2 miles today which is not far, but we had to get back home, still, we are off out tonight and it's a 20 minute walk to the restaurant where we're meeting friends.
Patti


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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #6 on: 25 February 2016, 03:27:13 PM »
The weather here can be most unkind at times, so walking outside isn't my choice.  However I do have a stationary bike so I cannot use poor weather as an excuse not to 'get moving'.  At the beginning of the New Year, my younger son issued me a challenge to get more healthy.  He lives 4 hrs from our home, so we will compare notes when he visits for a holiday like Easter.  It is easy to think up any reason not to ride the bike, but then I think of the "challenge" and I simply must do my riding.  My BG drops anywhere from 20-60 points after a ride, so I use a temp basal to compensate for that drop.  It does get harder when you get older, both physically and mentally.
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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #7 on: 25 February 2016, 09:47:18 PM »
 
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My BG drops anywhere from 20-60 points after a ride, so I use a temp basal to compensate for that drop.  It does get harder when you get older, both physically and mentally.

Please know that 20 - 60 points the way we report BGs in the UK is only 1.11mmol to 3.3.  Just wanted to clarify for UK peeps.






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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #8 on: 26 February 2016, 01:28:40 AM »
I always do a double take - then realise in the same split second !
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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #9 on: 26 February 2016, 06:06:00 PM »
Yes Sedge...

Anyhoo... yesterday was half-way nice, but very cold wind.  In the event my friend wanted to do "anything that doesn't involve walking" because she'd been doing heavy duty gardening the day before and her leg muscles were exceedingly stiff from crouching to pull brambles out.

Today is wall-to-wall misery with heavy rain and high winds and I don't wanna even set food out of the door!
Patti


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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #10 on: 27 February 2016, 12:26:30 AM »
We're decorating - or rather Pete is.  This means I get to clean behind the fridge freezer, behind the cooker and all the other secret places that you never see until you decorate again!  LOL  I started the mid morning by cleaning skirting board in the hall - and a lot of that is hidden but of course you also have to paint it, at the same time as the bits that do show, don't you? or paint over the accumulated cobwebs I spose - I wonder if that's why so much of the walls and woodwork were indeed lumpy when we bought the place?  Could well be, bearing in mind the general state of the place!

Anyway so I thought at lunchtime having got up from almost flat trying to clean the corner between a wardrobe and a wall (about a 19" gap which is not quite big enough even for me ... ) that I felt rather weird but not hypo weird cos I wasn't so I wondered if it was my BP gone sky high?  Yes, but No! - 93/46 .......  ooer missus.  Anyway this continued beyond lunch and mid afternoon - at the time the appliances of science were moved round the kitchen - I start going hypo and I never stopped doing it until after dinner despite gallons of Lucozade and turning El Pumpo down for hours.

This sodding exercise is NOT healthy and should be banned!
Jenny

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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #11 on: 27 February 2016, 01:11:15 PM »
Last time I had a hyp[o like that was from cleaning windows lol You wouldn't think going up and down the ladder and a bit of washing would have so much effect
DX Type I 1994.    Novorapid Animas Vibe pump
HbA1c 3/10 10.2%, 7/10 8.1%, 12/10 7.5%.
2/11 7.8%, 8/11 8.6% 9/11 8.3%.
3/12 62 (7.8%). 10/12 67 (8.3%)
4/13 63 (7.9%) 6/13 59 (7.5%)
1/14 71 (8.6%) 7/14 59 (7.5%) 11/14 (6.7%)
3/15 56 (7.3%) 12/15 49 (6.6%)
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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #12 on: 27 February 2016, 03:08:48 PM »
Housework is notorious for giving you hypos.  I've just been round 2 supermarkets, that usually does it for me.
Patti


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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #13 on: 27 February 2016, 08:12:00 PM »
The weather here can be most unkind at times, so walking outside isn't my choice.  However I do have a stationary bike so I cannot use poor weather as an excuse not to 'get moving'.  At the beginning of the New Year, my younger son issued me a challenge to get more healthy.  He lives 4 hrs from our home, so we will compare notes when he visits for a holiday like Easter.  It is easy to think up any reason not to ride the bike, but then I think of the "challenge" and I simply must do my riding.  My BG drops anywhere from 20-60 points after a ride, so I use a temp basal to compensate for that drop.  It does get harder when you get older, both physically and mentally.

I would like to apologize to UK people for my ignorant post above and for not converting my numbers to the metric measurement.  It will not happen again because I am leaving DSF because I no longer feel welcome here. 
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Re: Walking fitness
« Reply #14 on: 27 February 2016, 08:51:29 PM »
When I started back at the gym on 27th dec I was on 12/22 background per day and about 40 units of rapid per day I spent the first 2 weeks having hypos every day as I reduced everything 2 months on and only 10lbs down I'm now on 5/12 back ground and 10-15 units of rapid this is all down to the exercise I have also found my resting heart beet has dropped from 72bpm to 61bpm
I was so unfit when I went back I'm now very fit and can carry on for hrs or as long as my bad back will let me but I do average 2-3 hrs exercise per day 5 days per week
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