HELP! It's raining, and most of my weight-loss is due to walking, rain-gear help!!

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Hi all,

I can't afford a lot, but surely there are pants I can find, and maybe even some help with keeping my tennies dry?

I live on the very northwest coast of California, and it is storming, but I am so willing to walk in it except that I am getting soaked. I cannot bare to join a gym (or afford it).

I want to walk outdoors, are there any like me who refuse to stop, and have been blessed in finding good clothing? Rainjackets are easy, but pants and shoes, I'm getting soaked.

Any help appreciated.

PS I do floor exercises, and weight resistance, but I walk 18- 24 miles a week and having withdrawals from that, I NEED to do it, LOL!! Denise

PSS I also lost 24 lbs and almost to my goal, and I so don't want to have a relapse:(
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  • arditarose
    arditarose Posts: 15,573 Member
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    Rain pants
    http://www.rei.com/c/womens-rain-pants?r=c&ir=category:womens-rain-pants&page=1

    I'm sure you can find a pair of rain boots and coat as well. I just used google.
  • NWCountryGal
    NWCountryGal Posts: 1,992 Member
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    Thanks arditarose! I did see REI in one search, but chose a couple other links. I'll give it a try;) I was thinking about the "rainboots" and wondering if those old style ones you could where over your tennies would work. I don't see why not, but probably not "breath" very well.

    Anyway, I'll go check out REI;) Thank you again, denise
  • queenliz99
    queenliz99 Posts: 15,317 Member
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    I bet you can find umbrellas at the second hand store
  • NWCountryGal
    NWCountryGal Posts: 1,992 Member
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    Well, that won't work for me, can't afford 50 bucks, I'm a low-income senior, but I'm sure I'll find something;) Probably at Walmart;)
  • jcasto970
    jcasto970 Posts: 2 Member
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    Have you tried doing Leslie Sansone walking videos? They are great for indoors and you can watch some for free on you tube.
  • rainbowbow
    rainbowbow Posts: 7,490 Member
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    If you're just walking my suggestion is to get an umbrella and some rain boots.


  • grinning_chick
    grinning_chick Posts: 765 Member
    edited January 2016
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    Whatever you find at Wal-Mart is not going to be breathable. As such, unless it's got lots of ventilation zips you are going to get wet and clammy with even mild exertion and especially so if you don't wear wool with it.

    eBay is a pretty solid place to look when on a budget for used breathable rain gear, breathable winter gear, soft shell pants that are water resistant, Gore-Tex (or other brand name water barrier) lined shoes & boots, or even conventional rubber galoshes/wellies/etceteras. Searching along the lines of boat/ship/fishing wet weather gear will yield you waterproof bib overalls, albeit they don't tend to be breathable. You just need the time to search and the patience to wait for a good deal if going the eBay route.
  • sistrsprkl
    sistrsprkl Posts: 1,013 Member
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    Try these sites for discount gear:

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/
    http://www.rei.com/outlet

    Also try your local thrift store.

    Rain pants can work but I prefer fleece-lined leggings. I'm also in norcal and just went on a hike in this very rainy weather. Wore fleece-ined (running) leggings, 2 pairs of socks, a couple thin layers and a wind/waterproof jacket. Stayed pretty dry.
  • Panda_brat
    Panda_brat Posts: 291 Member
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    Go to the mall and walk back and forth their.
  • rlpomeroy
    rlpomeroy Posts: 682 Member
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    Walmart's here in MN carry Frogg Toggs. Great stuff and breathable. Reasonably priced too.
  • suemichele
    suemichele Posts: 49 Member
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    I live in Wisconsin and it has been cold and icy out so I have been going to the mall to walk. Does anyone use map my walk?
  • OyGeeBiv
    OyGeeBiv Posts: 733 Member
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    If you're senior enough to have Medicare, some Advantage plans include a program called "Silver Sneakers". You can go to www.silversneakers.com to see if you're a participant. If you are, it entitles you to join a gym for free - the website has a search function so you can find a participating one near you.

  • blossomingbutterfly
    blossomingbutterfly Posts: 743 Member
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    You can use walk at home videos like Leslie Sansone and Jessica Smith. Both offer them and are on youtube for free. And it's fun!
  • EvgeniZyntx
    EvgeniZyntx Posts: 24,208 Member
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    REI has sales in January.
  • tiny_clanger
    tiny_clanger Posts: 301 Member
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    How cold is it and how far are you going on each walk? If it's not cold and you're only going 5 miles or so, I'd suggest doing a loop from home in a long sleeve technical (quick-drying) t-shirt and quick drying leggings, and just accept that you're going to get wet to the underwear, but have a shower and a hot drink as soon as you come in. If you're going much further than that, you will need something to keep you at least a bit dry. I used to do long distance walking before moving to running, and swear by these (not sure if you can get them in the states)

    karrimor.com/karrimor-orkney-pants-ladies-446104?colcode=44610403

    They are really good value and last for ages.
  • KathleenKP
    KathleenKP Posts: 580 Member
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    If you are working up a sweat, I'd just go out and get wet. If you don't sweat so much, the rain pants might be nice. (Sierra TradingPost, and get on their email list for sales.) The main concern would be your shoes and possible blisters - so maybe add some vaseline under your socks in the blister areas. It's kind of freeing to accept you are going to come home soaked. And it's fun.
  • r_kraft
    r_kraft Posts: 27 Member
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    Not sure if you have one near you, but check out the clearance rack at a golf specialty store. You might find some better quality rain shirts or jackets pretty cheap.
  • JustMissTracy
    JustMissTracy Posts: 6,338 Member
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    And remember...it can't rain forever! So if you need to switch up your walking for another form of cardio a few times, no worries! Your body won't mind, and will probably react quite well!
  • dervari
    dervari Posts: 805 Member
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    REI has sales in January.

    The garage sale was a couple of weeks ago.
  • dervari
    dervari Posts: 805 Member
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    People mentioned Sierra Trading Post. They are owned by the same outfit that owns TJ Maxx and Marshalls. You might want to try one of those stores. I've seen a Marmot Precip rain jacket at TJ for <$50. Those are pretty good for the price point and light usage. I have one I keep in my backpack as an emergency rain jacket when I don't have my Arx'tyrex handy.