Walking to lose weight

Q. I am 42 and overweight, I want to start walking.

How/where should I start?

Linda Whitney, Shrewsbury


A. I was in the same predicament some two years ago, I was 18 1/2 stone smoked rollups had high colestral.

I then decided to do something about it.

I gave up smoking and set off up Coniston Old Man (Walks

c123 The Old Man of Coniston and Swirl How from Walna Scar Road, Coniston

c179 The Seathwaite Round from Seathwaite, Duddon Valley

c210 The Old Man of Coniston from the Walna Scar Road, Coniston

c254 The Old Man of Coniston and Brim Fell from Coniston

c306 The Old Man of Coniston and Wetherlam from Coniston

c420 The Coniston Fells from Walna Scar Road, Coniston

) it was an old man climbing it!

I had to stop every couple of minutes whilst young kids passed me by - but two years later and 14 1/2 stone heavy I actually ran down the Old Man last weekend after hiking around Wetherlam, Swirl How then up to The Old Man of Coniston summit - see walk c306 The Old Man of Coniston and Wetherlam from Coniston

.

I felt just like Forrest Gump absolutly brilliant.

Don't think about it. DO IT

I have just turned 52 and desperately wished I had done this when in my 30's.

Go for it and good luck, you won't regret it.

Jim Bradley, Oswaldtwistle


A. Well - and I don't mean to be flippant - why not just start.

Get a decent pair of Boots and a Waterproof Jacket and start with some shorter Grade 1 walks.

Don't try and do too much too soon - but slowly build up to a grade you find comfortable.

Most experts agree that regular exercise and a sensible diet should get you fitter and help you shed a few pounds.

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)



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