Sunday, February 13, 2011
There are the instructors and the enthusiasts...I'm talking about the World of Nordic Walking, of course. The instructors are important for teaching low-impact technique and making sure the poles are correctly adjusted. The enthusiasts are important for passing on to their friends and family, the love of Nordic Walking.
How can the two worlds mesh? Not by endless discussions among Nordic Walkers at events and message boards about which technique, which poles, which training icon is the path; of this I am sure.
I teach Nordic Walking private lessons, group lessons and workshops for the Parks & Recreation Department in our County. What I love most in these settings is if mother/daughter or sister/sister or friend/friend take my class and then buy poles so they can carve time out of their day to spend it Nordic Walking together. If every friend told someone about the benefits of walking with poles, imagine the tipping point of conversion we'd see!
Instead of competition, I look at the other local Nordic Walking instructor in town as someone pushing the activity into the public eye with me...which leads to more acceptance and adoption.
Anyone who wants to share the love of Nordic Walking and make it their business life, check out www.ownyourwalk.com
There is a way to make the path of health your full or part time job like I did.
We're all in this together, no matter which pole or technique you practice or believe in. Let's grow the love of Nordic Walking!