August 2013 Walking update ~ Specificity in Exercise

woman using walkerWhen I was in college 30 years ago I took a mandatory “Fit for Life” class. I had to be tested for the speed of running a mile. I ran as fast as I could, I then proceeded to exercise five days a week at an appropriate cardio exercise. I joined a dance aerobics class.

I was faithful, never missing an aerobic session. At the end of the semester we ran the mile again and our grade was determined by the increase in speed.

I didn’t improve my speed at all so I was given a C in the class! I couldn’t believe it, I had just done exactly what I was required to do and I got a C!!!

When I questioned the teacher, I was told, “If you wanted to improve your running speed you should have been running!”

I shouldn’t have been surprised when a  physical therapist told me,

“If you want to walk, you need to walk.”

 My daily exercise on my stationary bike and my mini-trampoline is great, but if I want to walk I need to walk!

I’ve sense read on, “The principle of specificity is especially important if you are exercising to achieve a particular goal.”

MS with it’s infamous fatigue, adds another component to our exercise routine. If walking is our goal, we need to walk, but not to the point of exhaustion.  ost to the point of fatigue, then sit and rest.  After we set for a few minutes, walk some more. If we take care of ourselves, and rest as needed, we have a better chance of reaching the desired goals.

Walking of course, is one of my very important goals!

I would love to hear how you are walking, tell me in the comments below.

Linda Grace Cox



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About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

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