So my main motivation is to get physically fit. I have a lot of weight to lose but feel that my lack of fitness is a huge obstacle. It was hearing on the news that a 20 minute walk a day could increase life expectancy - I thought, I can do that. I have managed it about 5 days a week on average since the beginning of February and even on the days I don't I still do something.
My problem is that I became so unfit that my mobility was becoming affected, the idea of a 10 minute walk, or even walking up the stairs was a problem.
I have always been overweight but up until about 12 years ago I was reasonably fit. Slowly I have become less fit and less bothered. I don't consider myself to be lazy as I work very hard but I have a sedentary job. Unfortunately the stress of the job makes it hard for me to do anything but stare into space when I get home. That is changing though.
On Sunday and today I have managed 2 km walks without stopping - but I pretty much maxed myself out. I am planning to walk 5.5 km during the first week of May when I have a week off work. I will be able to stop and rest but wondering if I am being overly optimistic.
I would love to hear from others who have been walking to get fit and how long it has taken them to reach a good level - say 5km.
I think I may have to take money for a taxi with me