Walking isn't enough exercise for body maintenance.
I walk daily. My daily goal (I have a Fitbit) is 5,000 steps. 7,500 is the next goal, followed by 10,000 steps.
However, I have found that walking just isn't enough exercise.
I need flexibility and balance exercises so my muscles and joints remain flexible.
I need strength and weight-bearing exercise so I don't lose what little strength I have left.
Thus, as I've mentioned here before and in my book (Fed, Safe, Sheltered; we renamed Suburban Stockade to better fit the market we're aiming at), I do more than walk.
I'm thinking about this again as I look out the window at the wintery mix sleeting down. I can't go out and walk on ice.
This is where a variety of exercises that you do *at home* really comes in handy.
We alternate (Bill and I) with yoga and strength exercises that come with the Wii Fit platform. Yes, it's an exercise program from Nintendo and like every other exercise program, it works to the extent that you're willing to do it.
We also, as I've mentioned before, vary the program with the Royal Canadian Air Force exercise program which doesn't need anything other than your own sweet self.
I make all my exercises (whichever they are) into weight-bearing by adding weights.
I wear wrist and ankle weights, adding an additional thirteen pounds of weight.
To protect my joints (I learned the hard way) I wear knee supports and elbow supports. They help enormously and I no longer stress those joints.
How do you vary your workout to do more than the cardio that walking provides?
This exercise is separate, by the way, from the exercise you get as part of your day job or from routine daily activities such as housekeeping or gardening.