JANUARY 1, 2021 The most unexpected gift I got for Christmas was that idea that YOU CAN ONLY HAVE ONE GOAL, and everything else is a habit. Yikes! I am clear about my #1 goal and that is to succeed with my new online business so that I can help more people improve their health through fitness with Nordic walking, and as a consequence fund my life.
So what about the usual list? I want to lose weight, sing more, meditate regularly, create more art, read more…. They activities have usually been on my goal list, with the measurable targets of improvement. What if I can’t do that?
HERE IS THE GIFT! For example, I got up to prepare lunch. Usually my goal list directs what I do for lunch. And I either succeed or fail. But now, it can’t be a goal….it is a habit. SO HOW DO MY HABITS SERVE ME? (That was the critical change in thinking!) Will my choices for this lunch serve me? It was easy to prepare a great lunch. WHAT I LEARNED WAS THAT HABITS ARE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. What I am choosing to do now is part of my habit. Is what I am choosing to do now serving me well? I can only change it in this moment. What did Yoda say? DO or NO DO. This idea that I got at Christmas this year will likely change my life.
WHAT IS YOUR HABIT AROUND EXERCISE?
NORDIC WALKING IS A GREAT HABIT TO HAVE! Why use poles? By adding poles to walking in the NORDIC style, you instantly use twice the muscles and burn twice the calories. By exercising the whole body you more than double the health benefits. First results you may notice are straighter posture, smaller pant size, relaxed shoulders/neck, ease on knees, and more energy.
FIVE THINGS MAKE (NPW) NORDIC WALKING EXCEPTIONAL:
|CONVENIENT: Just walk out your front door and start!|
FEELS GOOD: easy on knees, shoulders/neck, hands, feels powerful and flowing.
AFFORDABLE: Nordixx Poles (recommended) are $91. ($79.95 + shipping + tax)
QUICK RESULTS: Uses 90% of the body’s muscles. Posture, LDL, BP, insulin, sleep, hip size start changing in 20-30 days.
FUN FACTOR: breathe in nature, see the sights, socialize with fellow pole walkers, participate in events from time to time.
Nordic STYLE walking is very kind to your body (feet, knees, hips, back, shoulders and hands) and at the same time EFFECTIVELY makes you stronger and healthier. The prescription for health with Nordic Pole walking is 3x week for 30+ minutes. Go fast or slow, it works! THIS IS SOMETHING YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO! Results accrue quickly: posture, pant size, BP, LDL, insulin, energy, sleep, strength, balance, sure-footedness, coordination, recovery. Nordic walking is particularly suitable for exercise during Covid 19 distancing measures. Our need for fitness never ceases, no matter what is going on!
Nordic Walking is a fitness skill that will serve you for a lifetime. To learn any new skill you do have to have patience, but you can do it.
IN VICTORIA, BC. Currently there are no group lessons, but I continue to offer private lessons. Email Linda4success@shaw.ca for details.
When you take the time to learn this new skill properly, at the end you will say, “Pole walking is easy!” As with every new skill there is a learning curve. Your job is to be patient and practice. When the fitness and health benefits start showing up for you, you too will become a raving fan of Nordic Walking! With the upcoming Gold and Silver programs I help make this easy for you.
When you do it right, it will feel harmonious and connected; you will look forward to doing it. In 10 minutes each arm pushes back about 500 times. Yes, that adds up, and your triceps, shoulders, back, and core muscles will let you know they had to wake up and work! When you feel tired, stop. Inch by inch the benefits will accrue! Aim to Nordic Walk three times a week, or more if you feel like it.
“Hi Linda, You are my hero. I had to quit hiking because my hips were hurting so badly. I have been active all my life & was looking to find an exercise that my body could cope with, AND I found you. I watched your video and learned the proper technique. Especially with C19, Nordic Walking is my main exercise now, I love it. Thank you so very much.” Penny Pollard, Victoria, Canada
“Hi Linda, Since having a lesson with you in autumn of 2019, I have seen increasing numbers of pole walkers when I am out and about. We have been pretty rigorous about social distancing so I don’t have much opportunity to chat with people, and to refer them to your website. One day I saw another woman walking with her poles and her husband. When she saw my poles, she said; ” Don’t you just love them?” and I replied, “I sure do!”
I realize I do very much look forward to my walks; it has brought a welcome steadiness to my life that Covid has largely otherwise removed. For me, walking in the evening between 8 and 10 can be very peaceful, contemplative and eerily quiet. Often the very busy streets I am usually surrounded by are used by only a handful of cars at this time. Except for a couple of very grey and dark days, I have kept up with my pole walking. It would be unusual for me not to walk with my poles at least 5 times a week. Usually more. I have taken to mixing long walks 60-90 minutes with days where I may do two shorter ones of 20-30 minutes. You can tell….I really enjoy Nordic Walking!” Kathrynn F, Victoria, Canada
“Hi Linda, I took a brief pole walk lesson a couple of years ago. Have to confess I have not been as regular as I intended to be. I watched the your video and discovered that I was not doing it correctly . Thank you for the video. After watching it several times I took myself out into the sunshine and I think I have corrected my posture and management of the poles. It now feels more natural and comfortable. First day out I acquired sore back muscles, two days on I am no longer sore and am enjoying my walking. I am hoping I will get to the regular three times a week routine. Thanks!” Ann Taylor, Victoria, Canada
“Linda, your website is awesome-so much to learn from it (for a newbie) as well as a refresher for those of us who may need it. I’ve been Nordic walking every day for the past 2 weeks (prior to then I’d walk some days with and some without poles), but I’ve really felt a huge difference in my pace, strength and posture when using my poles – so now I don’t want to walk without them. The hills I walk around my neighborhood are so much easier to propel myself up with poles and I love it 😊.” Edna May, Calgary, Canada
“Linda. I know you must see lots of people who are simply not getting the benefit they could because they are not using the poles correctly. So many just “lean” on them. I was using too much forward motion and not walking with a normal stride. The way you explained it in your video was great…angle the poles to the back and then naturally incorporate them into your stride. Your description turned a light on for me. Now I feel more “connected” and efficient. Cheers!” Ann Pollard, Victoria, Canada
“What a wonderful surprise. I had the view going into pole walking that it was only for the senior population, boy was I wrong! It’s a great workout when done properly. Within an hour I felt like I had a very good grasp on the fundamental skill of nordic walking. After having been in a car accident a few years back I have been looking for some exercise that would strengthen my lower back – I found IT!! I love walking but pole walking is like gliding, it’s amazing. Come on out and try it, you won’t be disappointed. ” Tiffanie, Victoria, Canada
“Nordic Pole Walking is so different than I had thought! Linda is a great coach and full of enthusiasm. I had a great time. I would recommend everyone to try it out no matter what level of athleticism.”
“Walking is boring. This is fun!” Bill E. Victoria, Canada
NORDIC WALKING IS “DO-ABLE” by anyone who can walk, and is kind of addictive once you get the hang of it. Anything new has a learning curve. First step: start. Second step: keep going.
QUESTIONS? Contact LINDA SCHAUMLEFFEL, Hall of Fame Olympian, car accident survivor, Nordixx Canada MASTER Nordic Pole Walk Instructor, Linda4success@shaw.ca (250) 920-4005