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2/12/17 1:11 P

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Welcome Oakvillage - to the Nordic Team

I started using poles back in about 2011 - they are great at keeping posture good, making sure the chest is open for deep breathing and feels good to swing those arms. I find that I get less tired with the poles than just walking so I rarely walk now without Nordic poles.

Keep working on it - it does not take very long before you and the poles will move freely and easily without the need to 'think'.

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2/12/17 9:27 A

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Even over many years of walking and bicycle riding in this area, I have not seen another person nordic walking. No classes found so far, even at Sun City (the over 50 community) in a nearby town.

Like you, my posture also improves quite nicely when pole walking. It is very refreshing after sitting in front of the computer or leaning over the bench in my wood shop. It feels pretty good to open up the chest and get more fresh air in. Feels like I get the runners high after awhile.

I walked several times last week, twice on one day. The second time was to try out some new shoes, which worked out very well. Temps in the 40s today, so I might get out again after church. I do want to watch the instructional DVD again before heading out. Since I cannot see myself, I watch closely and imitate the best I can. So far I can feel and correct when my arms are slacking and I bend too much at the elbows. I need to work on my stride a bit as well. Getting everything co-ordinated properly is definitely a work in progress, let's put it that way. emoticon

It's all in good fun, and enjoyable. I like that the upper body gets involved during the walks.
Scenery, fresh air, nature and critters to look at, clearing the mind clutter. It is an hour of peace away from the normal day. To me that is a true Blessing.

It is chilly up here near the Wisconsin border, but warmer and drier than most Februarys, so I am taking advantage of it.
Hope you are able to get out during the winter and enjoy some fresh air too.

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2/7/17 7:43 P

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Sounds great, John...I know that my posture improves when I'm polewalking regularly. Maybe it's those muscles you're feeling? emoticon Keep us posted on your progress!

Blessings today,
Michelle

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2/7/17 10:20 A

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Hey Oakvillage, welcome to the Team! That sounds exactly the same as when I started. Luckily, I found a group to walk with and also a class where we had a really good instructor tell us how to walk with the proper form. You don't have to have a teacher but if you can find one, it helps!

It really is a great addition to your fitness plan. If you have any questions or just want to chat, drop me a line!

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2/7/17 9:08 A

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After reading this Spark Article on Nordic Walking, I bought a pair of poles. They arrived yesterday. Yesterday, in rare February fashion, it was a nice, sunny 54 F up here in Northern Illinois. After watching the how-to video, I went down the trail to give these things a try. Co-ordinating my arms (now with 4-foot pole additions) and legs took a little brain work. By mile 2, I was getting the hang of it and started to relax. Moving this way is not automatic yet, but I enjoyed the walk with poles and worked up a decent sweat in the process. The balls of my feet were a bit sore, so I definitely need new shoes. Getting out of bed this morning, my back muscles let me know they had been used in a new way. Not achy; just that well worked out feeling.

I think this is going to be a great addition to my regular fitness arsenal.

John

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