Second Time Power Walking On A Treadmill
Keep Head,Up, Shoulders Rolled Backwards, Pump Arms, Feet Straight, Now Faster…
For my second day power walking, my goals were to have better balance, power walk faster, and power walk for a longer period of time. Basically, I was pushing myself for better results. I started off with a warm-up of 8 rounds on the heavy bag. This was an improvement over my first day of power walking where I did six rounds on the heavy bag. My goal is to get back to the 10 rounds on the heavy bag I was doing before I started a month long fast, and I like my progress for my second day back working out.
After my heavy bag workout, I hit the treadmill. I set a goal of 30 minutes on the treadmill, which was 5 minutes more than the 25 minutes I did the first time. After powering and clawing my way through the 8 rounds on the heavy bag, while maintaining my form and intensity, I wasn't sure if I would achieve my goal of 30 minutes of power walking. My first day on the treadmill, I averaged 5.2 miles and hour. This time I set the treadmill to 5.5 miles an hour, which was a quicker pace, and I still wanted to power walk the 30 minutes. I set my goal, and if i didn't achieve there would be the next time around to achieve it, as long I was still living. (smile)
I approached the power walk the same way as I previously did: align the posture by keeping the back straight, keep the shoulders rolled back and down, bend the elbows and keep them close to the body, pump the arms up and down so that the hands come to shoulder height or higher, push off the back leg and roll the feet from heel to toe, and walk fast! I have got to get some video of my full workout so I can laugh at myself, LOL! I know it must look like I am going to walk through the treadmill.
OK, so my concern was that I felt much of what I did the first time may have been because I had not worked out in a month while I was fasting. Though I pretty much know my body and felt that the isolation I felt in my hamstrings, calves, and stomach was due primarily to the mechanics of the workout, I still needed a little more proof that the isolation was due to the workout and not from the layoff of not working out and the fast. I am quickly building back my strength and stamina, so if I felt the same isolation I felt the first time, this would be an indication to me it was primarily due to the mechanics of the workout.
So yeah, I wasn't disappointed. I still felt my toes grabbing to keep my legs moving quickly, calves and hamstrings pulling, my butt flexing as my legs moved, and my lower back and stomach working to keep my upper and lower body in sync. The pumping of my arms worked out my shoulders and my lats.
I had a pretty good workout, though I ended up power walking for 25 minutes instead of 30 minutes. It is OK though. I power walked at a faster pace, and I have next time to increase my time on the treadmill.
The video below is a very short video shot during the cool down period of the workout that shows that power walking makes you sweat and burns calories. I wasn't able to have someone record me this day, so I took a quick shot at the end of the workout as I started my cool down period to show the sweat and burn I got from power walking. You can notice that there is little sweat coming from my stomach because I am wearing a "Body Fit" belt under my shirt to rip water from my stomach.