I'm 6 foot 338 pounds and I need to know if this is even doing anything. How much should I walk for it to be effective? I can't really go faster than 2.5 at my weight.
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I wish I would have followed my own advice when I first started - but I didn't know any better back then. As a result, I ended with popping and crunching knees (very unnerving sensation, trust me) and that didn't go away until I declined significantly in weight.
Don't try to do too much early on. IMHO, don't try jogging until you dip below 270lbs. And forget about running until you're well below 240. This is just from my own personal experience in trying to preserve my knees as much as possible. HOWEVER, you might be able to get away with trying either running or jogging at a higher weight if you do so on a treadmill since there's extra cushioning on those.
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even at 240 my knees hurt running, not worth it.
OP you are an exception to the calorie per mile rule, you have to carry around a bit more weight so its also going to take more effort.
If you have access to a recumbent bike, it may be better in the meantime. YOU can probably use around 300 calories in 2 miles of just walking, if not maybe a little more.
Spend some good money on decent running shoes even if its not for a long duration.There is always someone less fortunate, with real hunger, with real adversity, who made something of themselves. What is your excuse?
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I was 338 last April and now am at 249. Walking is fantastic. Walk as fast as you can but not so its uncomfortable. Get yourself a cadence for each step like "fast, strong, lean, healthy" and get into the zen.
The answer is yes. 2.5mph for 90 mins or as long as you can go will drop the weight. Your cardio will increase quickly. Mix in a some jogging bursts when you feel the need. Walk 5 days a week.
I'd lift also so your not a bag of skin when your done. Plus you probably have decent muscle lugging around the 338, so keeping as much of that muscle as possible would be my goal.
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Good luck with the walking, the majority of my exercise is the 2.5 mile walk to work, then a jog home at around 5mph. Sometimes I think the hardest part about it is the mental barrier rather than the physical. With walking and jogging the past month and a diet that started only a week ago, I've managed to loose 9lbs as of today. Keep at it and I'm sure you'll soon see the rewards.
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It's great you're starting somewhere. Congrats on taking the leap on your life change.
Watch your diet, and lift. It'll be daunting being in the gym w/ your body, surrounded by thinner people but you can either a) back off in shame or b) use it to picture your goals and motivate yourself.
Hint: the right answer is B. hahaha
Good luck man.
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