Walk for Life Program FAQs
What is a walking program?
Most walking programs simply tell you how far to walk each day to build mileage. They don't take into account the fact that many people have pain and discomfort that prevents them from walking regularly.
The Walk for Life Program is a one-of-a-kind set of resources designed to get you moving for a lifetime.
- It contains corrective exercises to address the common biomechanical problems related to walking gait.
- It has a customizable weekly walking assignments to help you progress no matter where you're starting from.
- It educates you on the importance of a healthy walking gait and all the ways you can improve yours.
- It gives you access to a private community of people just like you, who want to move more and feel better in their bodies.
I already run (cycle, Crossfit, practice yoga, Zumba, P90X, etc.). Why would I want to walk? It’s not as challenging as what I’m already doing.
There are many reasons to walk, the most important one being that walking is a functional human movement. It isn’t just an exercise; it’s a biological imperative. That means the act of walking facilitates bodily processes in a way other activities do not. Therefore, it provides unique benefits.
One compelling benefit is that walking with a healthy gait improves bone density better than running, swimming, biking, and other activities. Another is that walking makes you stronger and more resilient in your other endeavors.
This doesn’t mean you have to stop your exercise routine. It means you should add walking to your regular habits. Doing the corrective exercises in the WFL program will show you areas in your body where you need to focus. And trust me, walking with a healthy gait is a lot more challenging than you think!
I've been sedentary for a long time. Will this program be too challenging for me?
The WFL program is a great starting place for building a more active lifestyle. It is low-impact and based on the Restorative Exercise system of biomechanics, which can protect you from activity-related injuries. The program revolves around getting you in touch with your abilities and boundaries. It challenges you and lets you be the decider. There's no pain here, only gain.
I have an injury or recently recovered from an injury. Is this program good for me?
As long as you have clearance from your care provider to start an exercise program, you’re good to go. The corrective exercises you’ll learn will help you be more resilient and avoid future injuries. Plus, they are mindfully done, so you’ll be tuning in to your body’s boundaries and respecting them. This is very helpful for recovering and avoiding future injuries.
I can’t walk every day. Can I still benefit from this program?
If you can commit to walking more than you currently do, you can still benefit. There is no set amount of walking that is right for everyone at every stage in life. Walking is a high priority, but there are certainly times when even higher priorities take your time and energy. New babies, blizzards, work deadlines... Life happens, and this program can be flexible as you need it to be.
In addition, the knowledge you’ll gain from this program will be yours for the rest of your life. If you aren’t able to walk as much as you’d like to right now, that’s okay. Work on it!
How much walking will I be doing in this program?
The program starts at 10 minutes and builds to occasional multi-hour walks. Keep in mind that these times are cumulative, so you can split your walks over the course of a day. You can also switch your scheduled walks to different days and reduce your walks when you need to. The goal of the program is to create consistency while building cardiovascular capacity. These goals will take some people more time to build toward.
Should I get an activity tracker/step counter?
It depends. Activity trackers can help you make connections between your effort and distance covered. Knowing how far you walked in a certain amount of time can be a great motivator. Over the course of the program, you’ll probably see the time it takes you to walk one mile decrease as your cardiovascular system gets stronger.
Activity trackers can also help you keep an eye on how long you’ve been sedentary. You can get lots of walking time by simply standing up every so often and walking around the house, office, or even around the block if you have time.
On the other hand, the activity tracker is all about data, and who among us really needs more data in our lives? If you tend to obsess over data, you might want to keep it simple for this program and just keep track of your walking time. The intention of this program is to build an inherent love of walking, not give you a boatload of data to sift through.
So, you decide. If you find data to be motivating, go ahead and track it. Otherwise, let this program be an opportunity to unplug from self-quantification. I’m interested to hear your experience with this aspect, so let me know how it goes!
Can I walk on a treadmill?
I discourage walking on treadmills because the mechanics are completely different than over-ground walking. Healthy walking gait requires hip extension, but treadmills keep our hips in flexion through the gait cycle. That's no good. In fact, treadmill walking can worsen certain problems like knee pain and pelvic organ prolapse. I encourage you to seek an outdoor space to walk if at all possible, or even an indoor track if that's what you've got to work with.
What if I get sick?
Take stock of how sick you are. Walking at an easy pace can help circulate lymph fluid through your body. This helps your immune system defend you from whatever ails you; however, if you are too sick to get out of bed, by all means stay in bed. Take care of yourself and start with very short walks around the house or yard as soon as you’re up for it. This program is self-paced, so you can take your time and start where you left off. Back up a week if you lost a lot of time and need to go slowly.
What does the program look like?
You'll get one introductory email from me with some housekeeping information. Then you'll get one email a week for seven weeks containing all the course materials: videos, PDFs, reading materials, and walking assignments. The emails are timed to come weekly, but they're all yours to keep forever, so you can do them at your own pace.
Can I share this program with my friend?
This program is a one-woman effort, and all the materials contained in it are intended only for the person who purchases it. Go for walks with your friend and share by telling her what you’ve learned, but please don’t share the actual content or videos contained in the program without my written permission.
What if I need one-on-one help?
Julie is available for private sessions in-person and via Skype. You can also ask questions in the online community group available to those who purchase the program.
Still have questions?
Don't hesitate to get in touch and lay your questions on me. Chances are good that someone else is wondering the same thing, so I'd love to hear from you.
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