2023 Let’s have more fun with fitness!
It’s January 1, 2023! Last year was quite the ride. The main event for me was to recover quickly from elective heart surgery, so grateful to be fit from Nordic walking! Now my plan is to help even more people get fit with Nordic walking and have more fun. By helping you get fitter and healthier, my dream manifests! Bonus. No matter who you are or how fit/unfit you are, there is a place for you in fitness with me. Contact me at Linda4success@shaw.ca
“Thank you Linda! You are an amazing instructor and a person I admire. Thank you for getting me back on track. I am excited to making Nordic Pole Walking part of my regular routine.” Pat H Victoria, Jan 2023.
Recently I did a google search for info on Nordic walking and was pleasantly surprised by the more enlightened articles.
The first report was by CNN that cited the University of Ottawa Heart Health Institutes study that proved Nordic Walking creates better results than the very popular High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Researchers had 130 patients in a 12-week training program performing either 60 minutes of Nordic walking on an indoor track; 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous continuous training (e.g., cycling or rowing); or a 45-minute HIIT workout. Read CNN report here
Conclusion? Nordic walking created best results! Compared to the other exercises, Nordic walking is more enjoyable, more convenient, and more do-able by more people.
The second article made me laugh…
In this article it stated that the common method of Nordic walking had changed recently to include three steps: upright posture, arms/legs swinging in harmony, and pushing the pole behind the body! Anyone who has taken a lesson from me in the last 10 years knows that these three steps have ALWAYS been what I teach! Where people struggle in their ability to do these three steps is because their muscles are currently weak, and they don’t know what to focus on to learn. But why persist and get the technique right? To straighten posture, strengthen core, and use 90% of muscles which activates 90% of the mitochondria, which turn on the internal switches of health. Hahahaaaa….I’ve always been ahead of the game! You can still learn from me with a private lesson.
HOW TO START NORDIC WALKING…for best results.
STEP ONE: You need comfortable durable poles with the right strap that is needed for Nordic style walking. I’ll get quality poles to you quickly regardless of where you live. They are just like the ones I use! Email me at Linda4success@shaw.ca to order. I’ll get great poles off to you the same day, and when you get them, let me set up a Zoom session so I can make sure the poles are set up perfectly for you. NOTE: If you live in Victoria, BC, you can book a private lesson with me and buy your poles directly from me. CONTACT ME AT Linda4success@shaw.ca If you want more info about different kinds of poles, scroll down this page to the explanatory video I made for you.
STEP TWO: Learn the correct technique and fill the prescription for health (three 30 minute Nordic walk session each week at a minimum). Then you can reap all the benefits as you enjoy this exercise for the rest of your life, and avoid possible pitfalls that give you injuries or make you want to quit. Call me to learn right the first time! Linda4success@shaw.ca
WHY AREN’T YOU NORDIC WALKING?
By adding poles to walking with good Classic NORDIC style, where the elbow swings behind the body, 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.
😊VIDEO: EXAMPLE OF GOOD NORDIC WALKING TECHNIQUE😊
|FIVE THINGS MAKE CLASSIC 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 are $79.95 + shipping + tax.
QUICK RESULTS: Uses 90% of the body’s muscles. Posture, LDL, BP, insulin, sleep, hip size start changing FAST.
FUN FACTOR: Breathe in nature, see the sights, socialize with fellow pole walkers, explore new areas in your vicinity, participate in events from time to time, go slow, go fast, race….
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!
AS WITH EVERY NEW SKILL, THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE. Your job is to be patient and practice 3X week. When the fitness and health benefits start showing up, you too will become a raving fan of NORDIC WALKING! I help make this easy for you with a couple of lessons. When you use correct technique, Nordic walking feels harmonious and connected; you will look forward to doing it. The tipping point for creating fitness and health results is when you Nordic walk a minimum of 3 x 30 minutes each week. It feels so good that as you get fitter, to Nordic walk 50-60 minutes 3-5 times a week, will start to feel normal.
NORDIC POLE WALKING IS A BIG WORKOUT! With the Classic Nordic Style that I teach, in 10 minutes each arm pushes back about 500 times. In 30 minutes your arms, triceps, shoulders, back, and core muscles have contracted about 1500 times. This is the formula for building fitness. How is it possible to do 1500 repetitions? Inch by inch. That’s the beauty of Classic Nordic Style pole walking. Each swing of the arms is easy, and you do lots, because it feels good and is fun. Why aren’t you Nordic walking?
Let’s get something clarified.
CLASSIC NORDIC POLE WALKING VS WALKING WITH POLES
This woman from England explains the difference really well. Thanks!
NORDIC WALKING FEELS GREAT!” When you take the time to learn the Classic NORDIC WALKING skill properly, at the end you too will say, “Nordic walking feels great!” Others will look at you and exclaim how ELEGANT you look.
“Walking is boring. This is fun!” Bill E. Victoria, Canada
“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.”
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.
IN VICTORIA, BC, CANADA. WANT TO LEARN TO NORDIC WALK THE CLASSIC WAY? I am still giving private lessons, selling poles, replacing worn out boot tips and gloves straps.
CONTACT ME: LINDA SCHAUMLEFFEL, Linda4success@shaw.ca (250) 920-4005
Hall of Fame Olympian, car accident survivor, Nordixx Canada MASTER Nordic Pole Walk Instructor, Linda4success@shaw.ca (250) 920-4005