Saturday, July 31, 2010

Executive decision :)

I decided to take today as a rest day from exercise. I've exercised 6 times this week so i figured i'd give my legs a rest and take a day off :) Well i still have to stand on my feet for 8 hours for work but other than that no exercise today!

I've been finding that when i do my hill my muscles start to cramp up pretty quickly. Is is because the hills pretty steep and i really don't have any flat walking time?? It's straight up and straight down and then up again :) Last time they were cramping up going down as well!!! Any thoughts??? I do have to say that the small hills i end up climbing on my walks are a heck of a lot easier now.

Hope everyone's having a happy healthy weekend.


  1. A day of rest is a great thing for weight loss, enjoy it. The hill, well mine I figure is 25-degrees in grade, no flat spots. If yours is steeper than that, then I imagine that causes more stress on your joints. So you may just need to slow it down bit and do it for a bit longer in time if you are worried about not getting as much from your exercise there. Pain is good they say, but pain is not the goal either.

  2. I have no words of advice on the hills - other than stretchy, stretchy! I think your executive decision is brilliant.

    Enjoy your day.

  3. No advice on the hills, sorry!

    But you deserve a rest day! Enjoy it. I used to work in retail and had to be on my feet all day and just couldn't stand it- so I know how you feel!

  4. For leg cramps, I'm told that there are 3 things to consider:

    1. Stetching, as Roxy said, is extremely important

    2. Hydration - drink tons and tons of water. Your muscles aren't getting what they need biochemically, and water will help them get what they need

    3. Potassium. Potatoes and bananas are great sources. Are you getting enough? Sometimes when people cut carbs potassium can be overlooked. I'm sure if you google it you'll find some sources that fit into your diet plan.

  5. My legs are aching too - but mine is from riding my recumbent bike 24 miles in 3 days...that is a lot for a past sedentary person like myself. LOL

    Enjoy your day off!


  6. Try taking potassium for cramps, but careful: it's great for constipation, so if this isn't your problem, you might end up at the other end of the poop scale!

  7. I think the cramping is normal if you're just starting to climb those hills. If it continues tho, I would see a doctor, just in case. You're doing great!

  8. Lainie Painie said the same thing I was going to say my brother recommends for leg cramps.

    I only have hills to walk on where I live, and one thing that really helped me with my hill walking was to take the stairs at work, and even to 'work out' on the stairs on my lunch break. The hills were much easier than the stairs.