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10/4/14 5:53 P

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Hi just back after 6yrs...I am back to try and get my weight and insulin use under control... I have a new "problem" with my NW walking... I have to teach my service dog how to walk with the poles... shouldn't be too hard but any suggestions would be welcome...
It's great to be back after such a long time... looking forward to losing some weight and getting more fit emoticon

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10/4/14 12:22 P

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Welcome to the Spark Team BOOKWORMBIKER - glad to have you back!

Lois - not a common name but that is my sister's name.

The leader of a Nordic Walking team here is walking with her dog - she puts the leash around her waist and has trained the dog to walk in front of her so does is not affected by the poles. When not walking with the poles, the dog walks beside her.



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10/4/14 6:13 A

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Hi, Lois! I remember you and pictures of you and your husband with your motorcycles. Nice to see you're still NW! And good to hear that your husband is joining you in your walking, even if he still doesn't use poles (might be hard with a dog leash in hand!)

Have a great weekend...glad to have you back on the team!

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10/3/14 4:14 P

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Hi. I'm not really new to this team. I lost my password, so had to use a new username and make a new SparkPage. :( We moved to Florida from New Jersey the last of July. Among the things I brought with me were my bicycle and my Exerstriders. Since my husband is getting more fit, he walks the dog while I "nordic walk". BTW, I used to be Earlylois98. Glad to be back.

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Welcome! Responded to your other post, although I wasn't much help. We're not a real chatty group, but you can usually find out where we're walking in the Weekly Strides thread. Hope to see you there!

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8/1/14 9:25 A

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Extremely excited to find this group on SP! I started NW a few months ago and definitely could use support. Am I the only one doing NW on neighborhood pavement every day? I am up to 5 miles, love it. But not sure I have the right equipment for hard scape.

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Sorry not to welcome you before now but was away on vacation for a month.

Welcome to the Nordic Team FITHAPPYOUTDOOR! Great to have members from other countries and I look forward to hearing how successful your walking groups are.

How are you organizing and getting the word out - I learned about Nordic walking thru a web site call meetup.com

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Hi, I recently joined Spark People and the Pole Walking Sparkers team, but I realise I hadn't introduced myself yet. How rude! emoticon

So here I am: My name is Ailien, and I walk around in a couple of parks in southeast London in the UK. I trained to be a Nordic Walking instructor last September, and I am currently setting up some walking groups. So I am out and about quite a lot these days. I don't own a car and my bike had a flat tire today, so I managed to clock up 4 hours of Nordic Walking today! pffff

Lovely to meet you all and to hear about Nordic Walking around the world.

Greetings to fellow British instructor MKDave1! I did my instructor assessment in the parks around Milton Keynes, so I know where you walk. I found it surprisingly beautiful!

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Welcome MKDAVE1 -
Isn't it great to have paths/trails that keep one away from 'traffic', or at least connect to quiet, beautiful streets for walking.

Checked Wikipedia for info and was impressed with what I read - 'cool' place to live.

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4/8/14 9:42 A

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Thanks for the welcome.
We walk mostly in the parks around Milton Keynes and the greater area.
Milton Keynes is a 'New' city and has a system call Redways, these are paths for pedestrians and cyclist's , away from cars and other road traffic. Mostly flat tarmac paths, but we do get out in the open country sometimes. emoticon
I'm also a Nordic walking instructor.

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Welcome, David! Nice to have another European on board! Look forward to hearing about your tours. What is the terrain like where you are?

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4/7/14 2:09 P

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Hi my names David,
I regularly Nordic walk in Milton Keynes UK.



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Welcome Helen
Meet up group was where I started Nordic walking. Try checking Missouri trails, hiking clubs, local community centres and 'senior' groups as they have sponsored Nordic walking here. There are also excellent film clips / instructions on the web.



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Hi, Helen...welcome to the team. Have you checked online for any Nordic Walking meet-ups in your area? Whether trails or on pavement, it's a great form of exercise. Hope you can get yourself some poles soon so you can try it out!

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3/16/14 1:53 P

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Hello, this is Dawn. I live in Missouri. I do not have a set of poles, but I would love to learn Nordic walking so I joined this team. I am looking forward to learning more. I do not have easy access to trails. That would be very nice. I would like to find some trails close to me.

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I'm another one who has easy access to hiking trails here in southern Germany. I live in a small town in a river valley surrounded by hills and woods. Blessed!

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I live in Mississauga, Ontario, and am thankful that the city planners (in their wisdom) designed neighbourhoods in the 1970 with community trails. The Glen Erin Trail is practically outside my front door and provides approx. 10 km of trails that is even kept plowed/salted during winter. Originally, the trail was designed so that school kids did not have to cross major roads (tunnels provided) to get from home to school. It runs behind streets of houses and thru local parks with extensions into natural area and provides numerous routes to keep walking interesting, especially when combined with low traffic residential streets.

My interest in nature is combined with walking as exercise and I arrive home with a list of birds heard/seen and flowers identified - great that I combine two interests and get a good workout.




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I am lucky to have a greenway about 1/2 a mile from my house and I usually Nordic walk there. It is wooded so there are lots of birds and squirrels and occasionally a deer.

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Welcome Nancy.
Nordic poles provide a good workout and help many people who would otherwise have problems walking.
Post your strides so we can keep team members motivated.


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Hi, Nancy! Welcome to the team...3 miles a day is a great workout - and walking with Leslie a super alternative.

Do you have any favorite outdoor routes? Walk more on streets or trails? Be sure to stop by the Weekly Strides thread. It's been quiet there lately - probably do to the weather for some of us, but we do chat a bit!

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Hi! I'm Nancy. I live in North Carolina. I have been walking with Exerstriders for several years because I have arthritic hips. I walk about 3 miles a day, weather permitting. If I can't get outside I do WATP videos.

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emoticon welcome to the Team! Be sure to join us in the Weekly Strides thread - that's where the most chat goes on!

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Welcome to all the new members to the Nordic Walking SparkTeam!
It is a great way to engage the whole body while doing something as simple as walking. Post your walks on Daily Strides so we can keep each other motivated!


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emoticon emoticon emoticon you will fit right into this team. I've to take my poles out yet, but I will get there - walking with a team sounds like a good incentive, I might look into that !!

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10/29/13 6:45 A

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I'm 49 years old and somewhat out of shape. I started Nordic Walking with a local group 3 weeks ago. I have done 3 weeks of a 4 week introduction course. I'm getting my own poles on Friday which I am very excited about emoticon . I have also gone on a few walks with more experienced walkers. I'm always last but they don't seem to mind. I have found it to be a great workout. My daughter is doing it with me though she is much fitter than me as she is a martial arts instructor! I have surprised myself that I have gone to sessions even when it is pouring with rain and windy. I'm normally an indoor sort of person but I am enjoying getting outside.

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I'm 37 years old, currently engaged and desperate to get in shape. I just attended my first pole walking class at the beginning of the month, and I love it. My problem is not having an accountability buddy and for flaming out with motivation. I am giving myself a month of 3 times a week before giving up on it. I need to see a difference soon or I will just pack it in.

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Thank you ZellaZM. I certainly will check out the other thread. The Spark Tracker sounds like it would make a great reward!


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Welcome to the team, CindyLyn...I don't have a fitbit or the Spark tracker but am thinking of getting one as a reward to myself for reaching some kind of goal...I'll be in the States for a few weeks soon and that would be the time to get one!

Glad you're enjoying pole-walking with your dh! Be sure to join us in the Weekly Strides thread - that's where we do the most posting here on the team, although there are other very informative threads here, too!

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I have the fitbit one which does pretty well the same thing - it gives me a weekly report on my activity, for all but sleeping - I do not record the sleeping - and this last week I climbed the equivilent of 78 flights of stairs as well as walking over 25 miles - I want to see the miles increase and I hope it does.

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Hi! I've been walking awhile with the Exerstrider poles and really love it! My husband got the same poles so this is something we enjoy doing together! I'm 53 and constantly struggling with weight issues and keeping as active as I should, but have made some new resolves "again" here on Spark People. I just got the Spark People Activity Tracker and am really enjoying using it. Any other pole walkers out there using it? How is it working for you?


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Welcome, LindieMae amd Sand! Great to have you both here!

I love that we're a team made up of people who pole-walk for various reasons - it's a great sport, great workout, but also a help for those with balance issues who need a little support while exercising.

There are some older threads here with good tips on technique, equipment, etc. Be sure to stop by the Weekly Strides thread to chat and fill us in on your walking experiences!

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HI, My name is Sandra (Sand),

I live in Indiana, USA. Married, 2 teenage kids. I have been pole walking for quite awhile (about 1 year) and never knew it had an official name. I use the poles for balance.... can't walk w/out them. I have a balance disorder (poisoined by antibiotic gentamicin 3 yrs ago trying to kill an infection that was trying to kill me) When out walking for exercise I use the 2 walking poles because I can almost pass for "normal" and am so much faster than with just my normal cane.

I also love the the water & everything about it.

There are still alot of things on my "bucket list" that I want to try.

I hope to learn some tips, techniques and I'm not sure what else, of course great people!

Thanx in advance


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Lindie here from Vancouver BC Canada - have been using poles for some time when walking - when I am not shopping lol - and enjoy the poles, the work out and also the over all sense of well being.

I walk in 15 minute intervals due to tendonitis but other then that .. walk pretty well everywhere because I do not drive and hate stinky over crowded city busses that are driven by bus drivers who forget they have a seat belt and the rest of us don't .... anyway ...

Hope to get to know a few of ya ... cheers emoticon

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10/25/12 2:53 P

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Welcome Ken to our Nordic Walking Spark team. Glad to have you on board and looking forward to seeing 'weekly strides' postings from you.

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Welcome, Ken...not sure about the team demographic, but we're glad to have you here in any case!

It sounds like you've got a great program for all four seasons! Pole-walking is a great way for runners to cross-train. I'm waiting on an okay from my ortho to start running again as my knee has been acting up. Pole-walking in the meantime!

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Hi, all. I cross-country ski in winter and for a number of years have walked with my ski poles in the fall and spring. This past summer I started running and got up to 10k per run but now that cold weather is here, running outdoors is less pleasant that it used to be, so I'm back to Old Faithful, pole-walking, and looking forward to it, I must say :) So glad to have found this SparkTeam. But is it really true that only one male is participating actively? Shawn's is the only guy name I see on the Team Stream . . .

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Welcome from my side as well!

Laurance, I don't think there's much danger involved in the grip of the Leki poles. It isn't a full glove, more of a "harness" for your hand. I've had my Lekis for several years and can highly recommend the brand.

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Welcome to Pole Walking Sparkers - PLANTAGO and LAURANCE

I am looking forward to seeing your 'pole walking adventures' posted on Daily Strides.

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Hello from Western Pennsylvania! I am originally from Poland and i brought my trusty poles with me. I 'm the only lady with sticks in my area!

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I found this team while googling for youtube vids on nordic walking. I got poles a number of years ago and used them a little. Then it got cold, and these poles are the collapsible kind, and when the cool air caused the metal to contract, the poles just collapsed while I was trying to use them. I could not tighten them enough to get them to work.

Now I have a pedometer and I walk 10,000 steps a day. I got the poles back out in the spring and have been walking all summer. But today it was a bit cool, and the poles collapsed on me.

So I want to get new poles, the one piece kind that doesn't collapse.

I also saw that Leki makes a pole with a glove that detaches. I saw a video, and it sure looked good, but when I went to the Leki site I did find poles with detachable gloves, but you have to push a button or switch to have them come loose. I had thought that there was just a groove that a ring slips into and out of, and no button to push.

I read somewhere that the one injury nordic walkers get is a sprained thumb. If the walker falls and the hand is attached to the pole, the thumb can be damaged. I'd thought the Leki pole would allow the pole to drop and the glove to come off if the walker stumbles and falls.

Did I see incorrectly? Did I miss something in the video? I find the Leki website not all that informative.

That same pole in the vid had the rubber backwards foot thing, but the walker could flip some sort of switch, and a little metal thing would pop out. I can't find this on the website.

Or is there another brand of pole that people here like? I'd like to make a decision and get some new poles soon. Before long I won't be able to use the poles I have due to cooler weather.

Glad I found this site.

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Hello,
I just joined your group. I bought poles last Spring and did a fair amount of walking in my neighbourhood...even going for groceries and putting my groceries in a backpack so my arms would be free.
Then Summer hit and I just can't walk in heat and humidity. Plus, I developed multi-muscle pains. I wasn't sure if it was from a new statin drug or from the poles or what?!!
I'm getting some physiotherapy now and the weather is changing to what I like, so I'm very near to getting out again. I have found two people who I can walk with and some non-pole walkers who say they could walk along with me. We'll see.....

Do a lot of you use them in your day-to-day walking, errands, etc.?

Have a great week!

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Welcome Lisainlr
You will enjoy the poles once you get comfortable with them - which only takes a couple of walks and then the poles become so 'a part of you' that you hardly notice you are using them - and you're really burning those calories.

You might try looking for a Meetup group in your area - that is how I got started and I walk with them on Saturday mornings - a great group - supportive, encouraging and FUN!
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Hi all-

I'm new to spark people and hopefully soon new to pole walking. I have found someone locally who gives basic instruction in Nordic walking and helps you pick and adjust poles correctly. We are working to find a time that works best for both of us. I'm hoping that she will also know of a local group of walkers that get together with. I am in the Chicago area if anyone knows of any local groups.

I'm looking forward to getting to know y'all.

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Welcome RHAPPY50 - I have enjoyed your company on the Nordic Walking Meetup group in Mississauga and look forward to your friendship on Sparkpeople - glad you joined and are finding Sparkpeople a useful tool in your journey to health living.
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Nice to meet you RHAPPY50 - impressive distances! Tell us more about your training (maybe in the Weekly Strides thread) - how often and how long are your training walks? Do you do other kinds of exercise?

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Bonjour,
I live in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. I am new to Sparkpeople, but not to Nordic Pole walking. I started walking in September 2010 with a group in my city. At first I could barely walk 3 to 4km and after a few weeks I saw some improvement. Under peer pressure, I registered to walk a 1/2 marathon in Niagara in October 2011. And that got me addicted to Nordic Pole walking. I now have 2 - 1/2 marathon medals, and training for a possible one in September and for sure going back to Niagara in October.

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Welcome to the team!

Nice to hear that you're had such success with your Nordic walking poles and that you're introducing the sport to your neck of the woods. Hope you'll keep us posted on your walks on the Weekly Strides thread or the Daily.

P.S. I live in Germany, about an hour and 45 minutes from Heidelberg.

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Hi, I had joint problems for several years. I bought a pair of Leki trekking poles while in Heidleberg, Germany last spring. I love, love, love them. I started using them while in Heidelberg, Wilhelmsfeld on the forest trails and in town touring the city. I saw a lot of people using them, especially on the weekends. There were many walking/hiking groups. I am happy with my trekking poles because I can use them any where, in the city on pavement with the rubber tips or take the tips off and go for a hike. These poles have helped to change my life. I have lost a lot of weight and have increased my stamina, endurance, and mobility. I have given some as gifts to friends who tried them. I travel with them. I like to keep an extra pair around for guests who want to go walking with me. A cheap but usable pair is available at Walmart. Not Leki but usable.

So good to know it will soon be added to the tracker. Thank you to those of you who have been suggesting it to the site managers. I have suggested it also. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

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thanks for the welcome.
I will go to the tech site and also ask if their snowshoeing is with poles or without.
I just returned from a two hour 'shoe on the lake using nordic pole technique. i can't keep up the power technique for long as it makes it too aerobic with the snowshoes. the snow here is turning into that ball-bearing corn snow, so it doesn't pack under the snowshoes.

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I'll do that...thanks for the reminder, Audrey. I don't think Deb, the original leader will mind.

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HARDWATER - Welcome to the Nordic Walking SparkTeam - it is a great way to get the whole body exercising!

Michelle - great news that they are going to add Nordic Walking to the next Fitness Tracker update. It would be interesting to know what figures they will use for calculating 'calories burned' - I have seen values ranging from 25 - 50% more calories per hour than walking without Nordic poles.

On an additional note, at one point we considered dropping the "You Don't Need Snow!" from the title of our team - is this still in the works?

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Good news! I got a speedy reply to my post on the Team Leaders message board.

"It's on the list to be added during our next round of updates.

Thanks!

Coach Jen

- Message Posted by: SPARK_COACH_JEN - 3/27/2012"



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Hi, HARDWATER

Thanks for the suggestion. We've asked before, but I just posted on the Site/Tech Help Board If you want to add a post to that thread, it would be great. Here's the link:
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I also posted on the Site Suggestions board of the Team Leaders Message Board. Here's what I wrote:

"On behalf of the Nordic Walking team and other Spark polewalkers -- could we PLEASE have Nordic Walking added to the Fitness tracker?

We've asked before and we're asking again! I understand from previous postings that the fitness tracker is going to undergo a welcome major revamp, so I hope this request will be considered. While it may not be as popular as Zumba or the Wii, I suspect that Nordic Walking is at least as popular as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, SkyDiving and playing Hacky Sack - all of which are listed under the "Other activities" when you browse Cardio exercise on the Fitness Tracker.

Thanks for your consideration!

P.S. An emoticon would be nice, too, if it's not asking too much
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All you would have to do would be to draw two little lines!!
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hi
i live in the Yukon and have just completed a very basic course through the 55+ rec. assoc.
currently i use the poles snowshoeing.
question: how do we ask SP to add Nordic Walking to the aerobic exercise tracking page?

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Welcome, SMOOTHBINXIE

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Welcome, SMOOTHBINXIE! I think it's great that you have a fitness goal in addition to your weight loss goal, since they really do go hand-in-hand! Look forward to hearing about your pole-walking adventures when your sticks arrive!


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Hi, Team,

I live in Brownsville, Texas, which is the most-southerly tip of Texas and along the US-Mexico border.

I just ordered my sticks and I'm looking forward to getting started. I love to walk, always have, and I'm looking forward to the enhanced workout.

Besides dropping weight, I want to prepare for a short backpacking trip next December. That is, I'd like to be fit enough that I can enjoy it and not simply endure it. As a provisional goal for this year, I'm thinking that if I can work up to comfortably walking 13 miles (22km) at 4 mph (7kph), I ought to feel great on the trip. Whether I make the goal, I'm sure the attempt can only improve my health.

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Yes, Destin is far from Naples, as we looked to see. My sister and her husband have a place there. I am not sure of the condo though. I did buy shoes today that I will keep strictly for beach walking and you are right, I will be able to build my own sandbox. LOL. I will maybe carry extra shoes to change in the lot and put my sandy ones in the back of the truck. It is quite cool here today in destin only 50. It still beats cold Ontario though. Nice to chatting to you.
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Destin is a long way from Naples!

Your comment about the sand made me smile - remembered that some of my beach walking buddies keep a whisk broom in the car so they can clean the sand off their shoes after walking. Helps prevent dunes from forming on the floor of the car!

I'm sure you're looking forward to getting your poles so you can start soon!

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Hi Michelle I am in Destin. There is a lady that is starting a group in Feb. but her and I may start sooner when she finishes an exam she is writing and of course I have to receive my poles. It is really funny, I knew you spent time in Fl. and I was at a zumba class with a lady I thought could be you. I was just a little shy to ask her but now you have answered my question. Thank you on the running shoe info. I know I am going to be full of sand so I don't want to wreck my good ones. Thank you for the warm welcome! emoticon

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Hi, Laura

Whereabouts in Florida? I live in Germany but walk on the beach in Naples when I'm there. It's a great group of folks, so let me know if you want me to put you in touch with them.

I just wear my regular running shoes on the beach. The conditions can vary from day to day - low-tide, high-tide, etc. but they always worked just fine.

WELCOME to the team!

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My name is Laura. I live in Ontario, but am residing in Fl. for the winter months. I am in the middle of hooking up with a group of nordic beach walkers. I ordered my poles today from skiwalking.com. What kind of shoes does everyone wear? I was thinking because of the sand I would want leather runners and not mesh because of the sand. I look forward to hearing of other members nordic travels.

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Welcome, Carolyn - wow! Our new members are really stretching the team's "borders" with Africa and Alaska represented now! Glad to have another experienced Nordic walker with us. The most active post here on the team is the WEEKLY STRIDES, so hope to see you check in there sometime soon!


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Hi Everyone!
My name is Carolyn and I live in Alaska.
I began using Nordic poles about 4 years ago to help me stay upright during my icy winter walks. Then I found they are great for hiking up or down steep slopes.
It's certainly and extra added benefit that using poles burns more calories!


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I am finding that and I really really just enjoy the poles. It actually feels like I am not just out there for some reason I have something to focus on. I know that may sound strange but I like it.
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Welcome to the team Linda - good posture a definite bonus. Are you finding that your walking 'stride' lengthens and you get less out of breath when you are using the poles?

ZELLAZM - hot weather sounds great but here in southern Ontario we have had a very hot and humir summer - but funny - only a couple of 'smog alert' days. Most of July and August we had no rain at all but in the last couple of weeks we have had both rain and very heavy downpours - it is raining lightly tonight and will continue most of tomorrow. The lawns are now actually green.

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Welcome to the team, Linda - The posture thing is definitely one of the nice side effects of NW. Hope you have a great tour tonight!

Check in on the Weekly Strides thread when you get a chance!

I had a nice hour-long walk in the woods this evening. The shade in the woods was lovely but it was still pretty hot at 7 PM when we finished up. I'm not complaining, though. It's been a cool, rainy summer on the whole here in southern Germany!

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