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Old 05-17-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:07 PM
 
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I'm 70. I built myself up to walking a mile in 35 minutes after a serious illness last year. But two years ago I could walk 3 miles in an hour. I don't think you can get it back. Just do the most with what you have left. Go with the flow. This is the new normal.
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I'm 70. I built myself up to walking a mile in 35 minutes after a serious illness last year. But two years ago I could walk 3 miles in an hour. I don't think you can get it back. Just do the most with what you have left. Go with the flow. This is the new normal.
I think the chances are pretty good you can get back to walking 3 miles in one hour. It may take some more time. Keep walking, and try to pick up the pace slightly on days that you feel good. If you don't feel good on a particular day, don't worry about the pace.

I find treadmills a good tool for this sort of thing. You can determine what your comfortable walking pace is on the treadmill - say it's 1.9 mph (which would be fairly close to a mile in 35 minutes). That allows you to increase the pace in very small increments of one-tenth of a mph. Some days you can try 2.0 mph until that feels comfortable, then on to 2.1 and so forth. Don't be in a hurry and don't push yourself too hard.

After hernia surgery about 10 years ago I used that technique. Within a month I was back to walking 4.5 mph up a slight incline. Surgeon said wait two weeks before any jogging. So I waited two weeks and increased my jogging the same way; increasing both speed and time duration in very small increments. I always paid close attention to how I felt - no point in trying to be a hero or a superman and hurting yourself.
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Metropolis IL
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I just realized the other day, that I'm subconsciously starting to use shopping carts like a walker.
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I think the chances are pretty good you can get back to walking 3 miles in one hour. It may take some more time. Keep walking, and try to pick up the pace slightly on days that you feel good. If you don't feel good on a particular day, don't worry about the pace.

I find treadmills a good tool for this sort of thing. You can determine what your comfortable walking pace is on the treadmill - say it's 1.9 mph (which would be fairly close to a mile in 35 minutes). That allows you to increase the pace in very small increments of one-tenth of a mph. Some days you can try 2.0 mph until that feels comfortable, then on to 2.1 and so forth. Don't be in a hurry and don't push yourself too hard.

After hernia surgery about 10 years ago I used that technique. Within a month I was back to walking 4.5 mph up a slight incline. Surgeon said wait two weeks before any jogging. So I waited two weeks and increased my jogging the same way; increasing both speed and time duration in very small increments. I always paid close attention to how I felt - no point in trying to be a hero or a superman and hurting yourself.
One thing that I think absolutely helps walking speed is improving hip flexibility.
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:21 PM
 
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I like your enthusiasm, but I doubt it. I had surgeries in the past five years and bounced back to normal,
but this time I have afib and a blood disorder, so I don't think that will happen. However I would like to increase my distance as my body permits. A couple of days ago I felt particularly energetic and did 1.1 miles in 40 minutes.

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I think the chances are pretty good you can get back to walking 3 miles in one hour. It may take some more time. Keep walking, and try to pick up the pace slightly on days that you feel good. If you don't feel good on a particular day, don't worry about the pace.

I find treadmills a good tool for this sort of thing. You can determine what your comfortable walking pace is on the treadmill - say it's 1.9 mph (which would be fairly close to a mile in 35 minutes). That allows you to increase the pace in very small increments of one-tenth of a mph. Some days you can try 2.0 mph until that feels comfortable, then on to 2.1 and so forth. Don't be in a hurry and don't push yourself too hard.

After hernia surgery about 10 years ago I used that technique. Within a month I was back to walking 4.5 mph up a slight incline. Surgeon said wait two weeks before any jogging. So I waited two weeks and increased my jogging the same way; increasing both speed and time duration in very small increments. I always paid close attention to how I felt - no point in trying to be a hero or a superman and hurting yourself.
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