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The Power of Our Surroundings

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Recently, I was at a local park near my house and pondered: why can I Nordic Walk for a longer time at this park than when I am in my own neighborhood?

Being in Ocala visiting my Dad has the same effect. There is a bike/walking path behind his house and I can Nordic Walk forever (well, maybe a couple of hours).

It just dawned on me that I am very tied into my surroundings. Walking surfaces (shell or cement) and nature sounds have a profound effect on my willingness to go longer or farther.

I still like to cruise my neighborhood in the morning or evening when it is dark (summer in FL, we turn into vampires) but my NW is more perfunctory than deeply enjoyable.

So you out there...pay attention to what floats your boat or in my case, makes my M.E.D. (Movement Every Day) easier to STICK* to!

* apologies to folks at LEKI who prefer that people don't call their poles, sticks.

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NORDICWALKSMITH 7/2/2010 3:51PM

    You're right...the southern tier is lovely. Have you ever done the Ridgewalk in scenic Wellsville? I'll be coming up in October to do the 9 miler with my daughter. This will be our 9th year. We use trekking poles not Nordic Walking poles for the race.
I miss Western New York!
Lindy

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DDOORN 7/1/2010 1:03AM

    Living in the brrr-cold upstate NY we get to thinking about relocating at some point. However I've become VERY aware of the VAST differences from one community to another in terms of walkability/bike-ability. I've come to VERY much appreciate what we've got here in the southern tier of New York and realize it's going to be tricky to find a comparable place elsewhere!

Don

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