Will it go away as I get lighter and stronger or just used to the walking even?
I'm 5'8" 300lbs By the way. I assume duh yeah it is, but I figured I'd ask.
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I myself have used walking to lose weight, I started in October and was 11 st 4 pounds, initially it caused me pains in my ankles, groin, hips & lower back. I started out doing a 2.5 mile walk twice a week, and over a few weeks built it up to every day. Then once I was able to do that, I increased this by doing a 5. 5 mile walk every other day and 2.5 miles on the days in between. After about a month of that I then increased my walking to 5.5 miles every day. Now I am able to do a 10 mile walk a couple of times a week.
The pain decreases as you get used to it, and I used that as the guide to increase the length of walk, once I was comfortable and walking at a brisk speed I amped up the walking distance.
In addition to this I also switched from a dinner plate to a side plate, this helped me to control portion size of what I ate, I still ate the same food just much less and as my weight decreased the less I could physically eat because my stomach shrank back to its normal size.
I have by doing this got my weight down to 8st 6 pounds- over a 3 stone loss and my stamina has massively increased. Initially a 2.5 mile walk would take me an hour to complete back in October- now it takes me 35 minutes and I feel physically strong and more supple.
I still get a few aches after a 10 mile walk and if its uneven walking surfaces it adds additional challenge, so perhaps to start off with do longer walks on level ground.
But good luck with it, I can't tell you how much of a difference it has made to me and because its not following a diet plan I can maintain it, so its now embedded in me to walk everyday and I love it.
Try not to take pain killers as this will desensitize you to the pain and you can then strain muscles without realising it, but Tiger Balm, which is a Chinese herbal rub, is great for post walk muscular pain and joint pain. You can get it from most herbal/vitamin outlets. I massage it in to areas more prone to pain at night after a long walk so I don't walk up so stiff the next morning.