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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

New-Found Fitness!




In the last three days I've taken up a wonderful new fitness activity; Urban Poling, or Nordic Walking. In Europe, people have been doing this training for years and if you've been there, you've likely seen it. You are about to see an awful lot more as it catches on here.

Urban Poling's debut has been very recent here. I was put onto it by reading the January Canadian Diabetes Dialogue magazine where they were extolling the virtues of this high cardio exercise just made for people like me.


My husband knew from a ski buddy who leads a Nordic Walking group and is also a Podiatrist, that you need shorter classic skiing poles. You can see this in the pictures. He cut off some extra poles I had to the right height. The best part is the cushion grips on the bottom of the tips that look like downhill ski boots. Apparently they take weight off the lower extremities and so are easier on the joints. BINGO! A solution for my Charcot's Joint in my foot!

These little "booties" are also curved to roll you forward in order to keep a fast walking pace as are my special rocker sole shoes. They do the trick as far as getting my heart rate up into my target zone of 125-137 and keeping it there for 30 minutes. The result? A perfect workout!

I am so elated! Aquafitness was great for resistance and muscle toning, but it actually did not cut it for cardio. I have extremely long legs and an extraorinary long stride and I've always been a faithful walker at 2 miles a day.

Now, if I can only work up to doing this 4 times a week, I'll be ecstatic!

Mother of Invention, getting a lot of funny looks as I pole around a town with absolutely no snow!

31 Comments:

Anonymous colleen said...

I've never seen these around here, so I'm sure you'd be looked at strange. So they help you walk fast? I jump on a big trampoline for excersise. I do feel better when I do it regularly. I'm still waiting for an indoor pool to come to Floyd. Hey, I didn't know that Winter Sun clothes were sold in Canada but after your comment I looked and saw they are!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent! If I hadn't been cheered up before being bestest blog an all, this has sure picked me up good! The thought of you 'skiing' without snow is tickling my imagination... love it!

But, you know what, if it works, and it's fun, then why not do it! Sounds like it's just what you need to loosen up and give you energy (and get rid of the sugar-pounds of christmas! I just wish I was brave enough to do something like that. Sounds a whole lot of fun. Do you do it with someone/ others, or is it a solitary passtime?

Can I come and join in? I really love the idea... :-D Please? (soup and cookies afterwards!)

Oh, by the way - I've got as far as transferring your song into mp3 format, which apparently is more acceptable to put onto sites... I'm only a few steps away (I think) of you getting your song up... It'll probably have to wait until the weekend though...

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

darn, comments come up twice...can you remove one? :-)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

 
Blogger Richard said...

I've seen those around Ottawa and Montreal.

For running shoes, I like New Balance, they have a nice step to them.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Colleen: Yes, I guess I would draw attention there as I was even jere! I think they do make you more balanced and able to roll forward even if you have foot problems.

I was surprised to see the clothing there too!

Annelisa: It is fun and seems effortless and yes, sad to say, I do have some poundage to take off around my hips and stomach! I've mostly done it by myself but today a friend came with me...just walking as she didn't have the poles. They have clubs and groups do this together as in the pic. I'm finr by myself though. I used to walk every day with just listening to music and I couldn't stand it if the music had a rhythm I couldn't walk to perfectly!!!

That's great about the song! But how will I put it up? Can you e-mail mp3 files to me?

Richard: Okay, you're the first one to have seen it! New Balance are the best so my pedorthic doctor says. They have a natural rocker bottom that rolls you right into your next step thus avoiding bending the toe joint where I have Charcots. I ought to go really fast with those shoes! Just had hikers on today.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

 
Blogger Diana said...

Huh. New to me. I always learn something from you. Delighted that you've found something that really suits you for exercise!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I could handle the poles and the dog's leash at the same time. especially when he sees a cat.....

I was walking almost 4 miles a day before Christmas. December was a BAD month. I have started walking every day again and am back up to @3 miles, shooting for 4 next week.

If you make a concerted effort to lengthen your distance (a quarter mile extra each week, for instance) you'll be up to your target distance in no time!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Diana: Maybe it'll hit there soon. I'm so glad too! I just hope the Charcots foot holds up!

Bob: Wow! Good for you! That's impressive! Don't think I'll ever get up to that distance but maybe 3 miles 3 times a week and then 2 other walks at 2 miles.

Thanks for the inspiration and keep it up!

Hope you don't see too many cats! HA!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Rhea said...

It looks like fun. I've seen people doing it and thought it was just for folks who were practicing for the real thing -- snow. I guess not.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Blogger Maggie said...

Here I was thinking you were talking about cross country skiing for some reason. Learn something new every day!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Blogger steve said...

tjis looks pretty aggresive Ma; and if someone tries to mug you they will take a beating.
If you want some really funny looks try making the block on a Pogo stick... my latest Christmas present!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Blogger Barbara said...

This looks like an interesting way to deal with my balance issues. I would love to walk more, but have this fear of falling down. I might just have to buy a pair of nordic poles!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back pogo sticks!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm assuming the pace is a bit faster than a normal walk, but not quite running. Similiar to cross-country skiing? Looks like a good workout.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Rhea: You feel like you are really athletic and training....at least I pretend so! Many asked me if I was dry-land training and hoping for snow! Well, partially true!

Maggie: You would swear I was on skis if you saw me do it!

Steve: Hey, advantage #1...and if I run into any nasty dogs! Pogo sticks! I can just see you! I loved those things and was my street champ but don't think I'd be now!

Barbara: Really, you should check them out. urbanpoling.com

Old Lady: You and Steve will race! Hmmm...tough call as to the winner...he sounds like he's full of crazy energy but you'd give him a good "bounce" for his money!

Brooksba: Exactly! I worked up such a sweat and it only took 40 min. total just out my door on the dieswalk.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool, Mother. It looks like a great idea. I've seen this around here, but had no idea why they were skiing with no snow.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Blogger meno said...

Oh what fun, another accesory to buy! Because i can't just use my hiking poles now can i?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Stephen: I had quite a few people do a double take when they saw me looking like I was skiing! Felt good though.

Meno: Hey, I had my classic poles hached off with a saw to save $75 so I guess your hiking poles will suffice! (No pole volting though!)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really interesting! i thought htis was only for those who go on long hiking trips..but what is the purpose, is it better than simple speed walking? i will ahve to read up on it?

and thanks for your comments yesterday..
i owuld liek to tag you also, moi,
for the tent hings that define your style. if you dont mind :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Blogger Lynn said...

Im back!
Hey this sounds like something I would like too!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Mystic: It is far better than just walking and swinging your arms because gripping the poles and thrusting them out in front of you, tones the arms, shoulders etc. and you can walk a bit faster naturally just to keep the rhythm. Then you get a better workout, burn more calories, sugar, and get heart rate up.

Tag: Ten things..hmmm..I have to mull for a bit and post it soon.

Lyn: Welcome back and hope you had a great holiday! You would like it as it balances you and you just get carried along making it seem effortless, yet you sweat and feel like an athlete! (If only they knew all the health and muscle and heart problems I have!!)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

 
Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

MoI:

This looks like something even I would try (and I loathe exercise of any kind except for pilates - same issues - no cardio benefit)...

I'll have to google it or something...just think how funny I'll be looking "skiing" in the south of texas....hahahaha!

thanks for the useful tip! also - great to see you on the blog; feels good to be back, stretching my claws - oops - i mean fingers, letting words flow again. Have a very blessed new year!

red dirt girl

Thursday, January 11, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

RDG: You'd love it! I wear a heart monitor and can see how quickly it goes up and how long it's up there so that's incentive.
www.urbanpoling.com is one site.

Glad you're back and feeling pretty good!
Keep it up...you've got so much inside you bursting to get out and expressed!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

RDG: You'd love it! I wear a heart monitor and can see how quickly it goes up and how long it's up there so that's incentive.
www.urbanpoling.com is one site.

Glad you're back and feeling pretty good!
Keep it up...you've got so much inside you bursting to get out and expressed!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about the mp3, MOI - I think you can transfer it/ send it like any other file. I haven't got as far as that in the instructions yet (and believe me, I am doing a step-by-step (bit like your urban skiing :-) ) with my heart a-racing every time I finally get something to work! But I'm learning (and maybe limbering up for more...) and , as soon as I know how to do it, I'll let you know too :-D

Thursday, January 11, 2007

 
Blogger Clive said...

That's great R.! They are very common out here, I bet at least 30% of fitness walkers use them. SL and I have started using poles for hiking; even one pole is useful for hill climbing or descending; apparently they take a considerable amount of strain off knees, especially if carrying a heavy pack. Never thought I'd use them, but even my younger brothers use them so it's not just for crumblies. They telescope down and can stuck on your pack when not using. Best with your continued fitness regime, hear you've had the weather for it! Maybe D. will be joining you the lack of snow continues! Happy new year

Thursday, January 11, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Annelisa: Thanks so much! Anything you figure out will be a bonus for me! Keep on poling your way to the MP3 files!

Clive: Thanks for the comment and I'm glad rugged mt. hikers use poles too! I'm really counting on them saving stress on my Charcots foot joint and I've been icing it each time after I'm finished.

Nah, don't think I'll get D. up now since REAL skiing has arrived!

I told the cardio rehab people who I worked with about it and they're interested in getting some for their program...for the advanced class!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this reminds me of the Nordic Track I tried years ago. I was so uncoordinated I couldn't do it.

This does look like it would be a great workout. I just don't think I could do it pushing a baby carriage.

I hope it works for you. I'm still trying to get myself to walk with the baby but the weather has been freezing here and I hate to take her out just because I need the exercise.

Let me know how this turns out.

Friday, January 12, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Robin: It's just walking with poles..you'd get the hang of it..but not with a baby carriage! She probably likes your walks.
I hope it works too. It's all up to my foot!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glitching on mp3, but getting there - have asked for advice of other bloggers (should've done that in the first place, eh?! :-D)

Saturday, January 13, 2007

 

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