Resources

Here are some of my favourite walking tools:

My iPod is without a doubt my most precious tool for walking.   I have created playlists for different walk lengths or training goals and put them on my iPod to work in conjunction with my Nike+ system (see below) and I also have a great number of spiritual growth tools on here: my mp3 Bible, my memory verses, my prayer lists, spiritual declarations, etc. And it keeps track of contacts, my calendar, and my to-do lists. How on earth did I ever survive without it? :)

Nike+ iPod* is an absolutely cool gadget. You put a tracking device in (or on) your shoe, set your distance/calories/time or whatever you like, and then head out. You can choose songs, a playlist, shuffle, etc. to listen to music while you work out, and the Nike+ system will tell you how far you’ve walked, what your average speed is, and each time you exceed your maximum distance so far, Lance Armstrong comes on to congratulate you. You then download all your info through iTunes onto the Nike+ site and keep track of all your workouts. You can also sign up for free training programs to meet different goals. Way too cool!

Go Smart By Omron HJ-720ITFFP Pocket Pedometer

The Omron Pedometer with is one COOOOOL tool for techie fanatics. If you want to count your steps, here’s the gadget for you. You can not only clip it to your waist like with most pedometers, but you can also keep it in your purse or pocket. It tracks 1week’s month’s worth of steps and resets itself at midnight every day.  I work to get at least 10,000 steps a day, and this is a great way to help me keep track!


Vibram FiveFinger Shoes Ok, they look totally weird, I know, but I try to never walk in anything else.  I do have a more “normal” pair of shoes for really cold days as I had a bout with frostbite one winter, but aside from that, it’s my beloved VFF’s all the way!

They’re cheaper than most serious walking shoes, they last longer, and they’re better for your feet.

There are even folks who run marathons in them!  I’d wear them all the time, but my family would disown me!  🙂

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PraiseMoves is a very interesting twist on Yoga-type exercises. Laurette Willis, the Director of PraiseMoves® bills her program as the “Christian Alternative to Yoga“. If you like yoga type stretches, and want to also take time to meditate on scripture, this is your program. Laurette has lots of different programs to offer and they’re easy to follow. I recommend you pop over there and take a look!

Simple Secrets for a Great Walking Workout is a very comprehensive DVD plus CD program that helps you walk more efficiently, and get a much better workout for your efforts. There are four main things to focus on, and each part is demonstrated on the DVD. There is also a walking warm-up and stretching routine on the DVD. The CD has a 30 minute beginner’s walk and a 50 minute advanced walk. By completing the training on here you should see a marked difference in your speed and a decrease in the effort to walk quickly. This program is very well done.

ZTrainer is an MP3 download that you can get from iTunes or from their site at www.zelkovacompany.com The program has 6 levels, and starts at a truly beginner’s pace. By level 6 you are into a light jog for a minute or so. It’s very well done, and is great for raising your metabolism, increasing your cardio-vascular fitness, and pushing yourself hard.

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Prevention’s 16 Minute Interval Walking Podcasts (Beginner’s and Advanced) are great FREE podcasts that you can download onto your (oh so beloved) iPod. As the title implies, there is a beginner’s level and an advanced level. These are both fairly easy, and I use them as “recovery” intervals before and after the more challenging ZTrainer intervals above. Instead of gradually getting faster and slower, like ZTrainer, you have 3 minutes of moderate walking followed by 1 minute of more intense walking, and this rhythm is repeated 4 times.

Podrunner is a unique 1 hour DJ mix of nonstop fixed “Beat-Per-Minute” music that you can use to help you “groove while you move”. Use it to keep a good, steady pace on your long endurance walks. You can download the different sessions at iTunes

Podrunner:Intervals is a weekly, nonstop, varied “Beat Per Minute” podcast of workout mixes to improve stamina, pace, and conditioning for beginning, intermediate, and experienced runners. They have different programs available according to your goals and fitness levels. You can download the different sessions at iTunes


Crave Energy Drink

Crave Energy Drink is a sports drink that is very healthy. What I like best about this one is that it comes in little pre-measured packets which is great for race day. With Crave, there is no down-side, either: no crash, no headaches, none of the jitters you get from other energy drinks. There’s no artificial sugar or flavouring, less than one gram of “real” sugar, and it has only 9 calories a serving.

Prayer Beads for All One of the things that inspired me to “get out and walk” was praying the Anglican Rosary. Unlike the Catholic Rosary, the Anglican prayers are all different, and you can create your own. I have a series of prayers I use for the first 4.5 Km or so of my walk as my spiritual and physical warm-up. They include ancient prayers of the church and various Bible verses. I find it helps me get my ADD brain on track for the day and “centre” myself a little. I have these prayers all memorized, so at times my mind wanders, but I find that as it wanders those thoughts also become prayers. It’s a wonderful kind of meditation. I especially love praying the verses from Psalm 121:1 “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth” while I’m gazing at the beatiful Rocky Mountains.

You can learn more about the Anglican Rosary and how to pray it, and find a few prayers to get you started here: The Anglican Rosary.

The Listener’s Bible I have this Bible in the MP3 format. I’ve divided the Bible into 25 playlists so I can get through the whole Bible every month with a couple of days to spare in case life gets crazy. I also have just the New Testament divided into 2×15 readings so I can get through the whole New Testament twice in one month. I like to alternate between the whole Bible and the New Testament. It takes about 4 hours of listening a day for the whole Bible.

The Walking Bible This is a very cool resource that enables you to quickly learn over 700 Bible verses. Each verse can be spoken or sung, and they all have a picture. The program is free to download, and you can put your rehearsal list on your iPod. I can’t believe how quickly I’ve learned verses using this tool. It’s a lot of fun!

Pray As You Go This is a great devotional tool. As the site itself says, “Pray-as-you-go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable MP3 players, to help you pray whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. A new prayer session is produced every day. It is not a ‘Thought for the Day’, a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection. The aim is to help you to: become more aware of God’s presence in your life, listen to and reflect on God’s word, grow in your relationship with God. It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of British Jesuits and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format.” I incorporate this into my weekly walking playlists.

If you want other great podcasts for walking, check out my blog post: Walking to Learn and Grow

Invisible Clock Timer I love this timer because it reminds me several times a day to tune in to God. I have a number of alarms set in it, and I have different things I do when it goes off to keep me focused on God. It sounds strange, I’m sure, but it’s actually a big help to folks like me who are easily distracted! Check out my posts on Timers to see exactly how I use it.