About 7 months ago, I began walking to restore my health after surgery and during my weight loss adventure (of which I am still on) slowly, but surely getting rid of excess pounds that took decades to make themselves at home on my body. I started out barely able to walk a mile. I have waned and wavered, started and stopped, but have slowly worked my way up to a 5 mile route and I lift weight and do core work at least once a week. My weekly mileage is between 10 and 15 miles.
As I began this exercise routine I found parts of my body rebelling like never before. (I used to run 6 miles a day in one hour when Becca was 2) I had to reconcile with myself that I am almost 20 years older and hesitant to accept that things have changed! I have to exercise quite differently now. My knees scream if I run uphill so that’s a no no. It’s not pleasant to listen to or feel. They don’t seem to mind as much the straightaways and the downhills. They also say emphatically NO to 5 miles every day. They seem to be accepting 5 miles every other day during the week for now with an occasional two miler with the dog in-between.
But here’s my dilemma. I use an app called “RunKeeper” to track my progress. I don’t really know what exercise to choose. My options are run or walk. Well, it’s neither! I walk the uphills and jog the straightaways and downhills.
I have a new house being built next door to me. I was chatting with and explaining to the future neighbors my problem, (they’re both few years older than I). She started laughing about my dilemma and then told me she and her husband participated in “runs”. She told me that she calls what I do “Wogging”. Its a combination of walking and jogging and it’s what she does! It also seems a pretty accurate description of what I do. Now if I could only get the people who make RunKeeper to add “Wogging” as an option!
Over the last month I have taken pictures of my “Wogging” route. I’m sure, as bad weather heads our way for winter, I’ll move to an elliptical indoors. It’s a little boring but my body doesn’t like cold either!
I’d love to see how some of you stay healthy so be sure and share pages on what you do!