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    Can you walk too much? i walked 12 miles this week and wondering if it might be overboard?
    Dont get me wrong, i FEEL great. i gained 4 lbs but think its due to muscle? not sure.

  • #2
    maybe a little back history might help too.
    I just started primal this Monday. I was 341.4 Monday and went from being a couch potato (no walking nothing) to walking 11 miles this week and about 5-7 miles last week and 3 the week before that.

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    • #3
      12 miles is not a lot. 3 miles, 4 times a week. Ideally, 4-5 hours pw of low level aerobic exercise is ideal, so that would probably be brisk walking or hiking, or a gentle jog.

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      • #4
        Not sure you will gain much muscle walking alone

        Just an observation.
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        • #5
          It is not too much I have covered 8-12 miles in a day. My once concern is your couch potato status. Listen to your body and you should be fine.
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          • #6
            I don't think you can ever walk too much. But then I'm relatively insane when it comes to walking.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              I agree with sbhikes, sometimes i wish i could just keep walking all day....(jealous of your cross country hikes sb )

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AdamC29 View Post
                Not sure you will gain much muscle walking alone

                Just an observation.
                Everything is relative. OP was a couch potato and 300+ lbs. I imagine walking will build some muscle. If I spent a week walking with a 50 lbs pack on my back I'd build some muscle. I know because I've done it before.

                Taking everything into context, if you really feel great (not overdoing it) then I think you had a really outstanding week, regardless of what the scale said. Keep it up!

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                • #9
                  thank you everyone for the help =) i am taking today off for my muscles to relax and tomorrow going to try some jogging on the local track! i feel good, im happy my body does not hurt too much for being as heavy as i am and my food intake is good!

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                  • #10
                    walking alone is actually great, and at your current weight, I would say better for your joints right now. Just keep doing wha tyou are doing. sounds great.

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                    • #11
                      It's absolutely fine. I walk around 50-60 miles per week - always have and always will.
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                      • #12
                        Walking 5 miles a day is also recommended for weight loss. 10,000 steps with some of that being extended brisk walking. I think Mark did a post on this.

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                        • #13
                          As long as your body can handle it, any amount of walking should be fine.

                          But it is doubtful that you gained 4 pounds of muscle in a week - particularly at your weight. The 4 pound swing was likely a water-weight swing.

                          Someone your size, if you lose a lot of weight, will actually lose a lot of the muscle you have been using to carry that weight around. That is a good thing. If you eat sufficient protein, and start doing body-weight exercises when you can, you can minimize the muscle loss once you are at a more healthy, functional level.

                          Be mindful of your joints, etc - and walk as much as you can!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by texasblackrose View Post
                            thank you everyone for the help =) i am taking today off for my muscles to relax and tomorrow going to try some jogging on the local track! i feel good, im happy my body does not hurt too much for being as heavy as i am and my food intake is good!
                            I would really suggest sticking with the walking until you drop some more lbs. You will burn a lot more fat at low level exercise and not have the risk of hurting joints, ligaments, etc. Especially since you are transitioning from couch potato to fit Primal beast.
                            Another explanation for the weight gain could be fluid retention in sore muscles not used to this much exercise.

                            IMO, walking is the most Grokian of all exercises. Keep at it and you will do great.

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                            • #15
                              I'm lucky to get in 45 min walks 3-4 days a week. I always try for more than that, but life stays in my way. I'm jealous of you who walk more than that. I do get a few "lucky" weeks where I get 5-6 hrs or even a little more, but that doesn't happen often.

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