We’re Out Walking

Things have been quite on the Nordic Walking front for a while…Chicago weather hasn’t exactly been cooperating with letting us get out and walking without turning into a shivering grump! Looks like that’s finally changing…

I am happy to announce that I am going to be a Walk Leader with

The City of Evanston – We’re Out Walking

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I will be providing introductory sessions of Nordic Walking as well as leading weekly dog-friendly walks with this guy:

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Register HERE

I am also available for private Nordic Walking sessions, Contact Me for more information.

10 Answers about Nordic Walking

Why Nordic Walk?

  1. Get more exercise out of your walking. Read More and Read More
  2. Walk safer in snow and icy conditions. Read More
  3. Don’t let hills and stairs limit you. Read More
  4. Save your knees – but only with proper pole use. Read More
  5. Walk longer – poles help with endurance. Read More
  6. Beneficial for individuals with neurological conditions such as MS or Parkinson’s. Read More
  7. Safe post-rehab physical activity for Cardiac & Hypertension. Read More
  8. Great activity for older adults. Read More
  9. Help on your weight loss journey. Read More
  10. Reduce the pain of walking with Arthritis or Fibromyalgia. Read More and Read More

 

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Work in Progress

How has my training program been going?

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Look familiar?

I”m making progress, moving forward. Maybe not always as fast as I want, maybe back-sliding some or having days where I just don’t want to get out of bed, but if I look back at where I started, I see the path I’ve walked.

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I also get to look around and see where I am in my journey, take time to enjoy the view and breathe…

…while I see what I have yet to achieve.

 

 

Balance Assessment

Balance – this isn’t “work-life” balance, but physical balance.

Remember doing fun balance play as a child such as walking along a curb, a crack in the sidewalk, or even better – a log or board? When is the last time you had fun with a Balance activity?

A Question of Balance:

  • When was the last time you tripped over something? Stubbed your toe on something? Miss-judged a step? — Did you catch yourself?
  • When was the last time you really stretched to reach for something, extending over your “comfortable” center-of-balance?
  • Do you have cats, dogs, children, or any other small and fast-moving objects in your home?

Balance can start to decrease in middle-age, and older adults with reduced balance ability are at greater risk of falling.

More than 1/3 of adults over the age of 65 fall each year in the US.

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Flexibility Assessment

I know that one of my HUGE issues is flexibility, I don’t think I’ve ever really been “flexible”, and until I got educated about physical fitness, didn’t really put much thought into it.

Until I started hurting…

I’m sure that I’m like many of you, I would commonly hear “stretch before you ___” or “make sure you stretch after you ___”,  but for the most part, I would pass because I’m trying to get on with my day.

I WAS SO WRONG!

First: Stiff & Short Muscles and Joints with Restricted Movement DON’T WORK WELL

Tight muscles can cause pain and imbalances in the body. When a muscle isn’t working properly, another muscle make take over it’s function. Chicken or Egg: the muscle in pain may not be the origin of the problem.

Tight muscles can restrict movement, which increase your risk of injury or impact your ability to do daily activities. Problems with shoulder flexibility? How does it feel to reach for items on a high shelf? I can tell that my left ankle issues impacted my ability to step certain ways when I was on my South Dakota hike, stressing my left knee and hip more because they needed to pick up the slack.

Tight muscles can restrict blood flow. Proper blood flow is important for recovery after activity. Or maybe a hint to the answer of: It’s Thursday, why am I still so sore from Mondays workout?

Second: Flexibility Naturally Decreases with Age

Certain parts of my body feel 20 years older than others…I guess it’s celebrating birthdays without me and this is the hangover? Not Fair!

Third: Flexibility does not always equal Stretching

I will do more detailed posts on specific Stretching, Flexibility and Mobility activities, but here are a couple of Flexibility Assessments that I did recently:

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