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Good news, Audrey!

My latest is that I broke down and finally bought a fitbit. Expect a boost of motivation as I get it set up and into action!


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9/9/16 12:15 P

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Nordic walked on Tuesday (3.5 km) around Lake Aquitaine - a man made lake with a 1.5 km walking trail around it. I was attending the opening of a new completely renovated community center (fitness gym, swimming, badminton courts) located just beside the Lake. It is a really impressive complex replacing one that was about 40 years old. It also accommodates a very active seniors group, youth programs and a learning kitchen. Janet will be doing Nordic walking from this location every Tuesday morning. There is a Saturday NW group from my local community centre on Saturday morning.

Getting back into shape - joined the community centre and started walking on the tread mill and doing some strength/flexibility stuff. I have been coping with arthritis in my knees and plantar's fasciitis for most of this year. Planning on "being active" a minimum of 3 x per week.

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7/28/16 7:28 P

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Back in Florida and went walking with my old faithful meetup group. The beach conditions were AWFUL for walking due to the tides, but we finished the 5 miler somehow. And, hey, it was the beach! Quite a change from Germany. Going again on Saturday if all goes as planned! Then back to Deutschland on Tuesday.

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Sounds like you're making progress, Audrey! Hang in there!

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PF in my left heel is finally getting resolved (cold, exercises, physio therapy and now heat and exercises) but I have not yet tried walking 5 km on 'paved' trails with my meetup group. Trails with natural paths seem to be okay as I walked a lot on my recent week on the Bruce Peninsula with my naturalist group. Had a great time with fabulous weather but did gain back the 4 pounds I had lost.

ZELLAZM have gone to a night brace but continue the exercises to stretch the tendon every morning and evening and still applying heat twice a day.

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So sorry to hear you're dealing with PF, Audrey. I dealt with that a few years back, so I know the healing process can take time. Have you tried wearing a night brace? They helped me a lot. And I now have orthotics. I had to get rid of most of my shoes to accommodate them! No regret about that, though. I'd rather be pain free.

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5/13/16 8:46 A

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Still dealing with PF in my left heel so not putting in any walking time - physo therapist has recommended 'rest, cold packs and exercises'. She is doing electric stimulation and ultra sound. I am seeing a slight improvement.

I will be so glad when this problem is solved.


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True confessions - this is my first walk with the poles since that day at the end of March! Yesterday, I did the full "double loop" of my usual route on the edge of the woods just five minutes from my apartment.

Since I sold my car a few years back, I do so much walking for transportation, usually carrying stuff (books for work, groceries, etc.) that Nordic walking hasn't been on my agenda. But I always benefit when I do work it in.

Now that the spring weather seems to be here to stay, I'm going to remember that and plan to get in a good walk at least once a week, probably on the weekends due to my work schedule. Making that commitment today!
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First walk in awhile - itchy eyes when I got back, so I may choose a different route next time? But, actually, the early-blooming trees that cause my hay fever are everywhere, so I guess I just have to grin and bear it for a few more weeks! No way I'm staying inside every day when the weather is getting so beautiful!
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WTG - you'll be in top shape in no time! emoticon

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10 kilometres today with 24lb pack. I used the poles for the first half and held them the right way!


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Last Florida walk was on Wednesday - I took a pic of our troop. There was a French family visiting and the three kids were a lot of fun. They probably ran a mile or two more than our 5 miles with all their back and forth, running, jumping, etc!

The weather back here in Germany is rather dreary. I have one more day off before I go back to teaching full days so I'll try to get in a good walk tomorrow. It will be my last chance before the weekend!

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2/21/16 11:05 A

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Worked at my temp job all last week - out of the house at 8:00 and not back til after 5:30. This does not leave any time to walk - also weather was snow, sleet, rain, and went from
MINUS 16 C below last Saturday to PLUS 14 C yesterday. So, a Nordic walking buddy and I headed for the Waterfront Trail in Port Credit, Ontario, and walked for almost an hour and a half - not a fast pace (5 K in 90 min). Lots of stops to watch the water fowl on the lake, admire the views of Toronto and just enjoy the warm temps, sunshine and clear blue sky.According to Sparkpeople that was 351 calories burned + ?? for using Nordic poles.

Today is not quite as warm and is a little cloudy but I will go out and walk this afternoon. Headed out to see the movie Brooklyn early this evening and the supper.

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Yay...first beach walk with poles this year. Florida is unusually cool and rainy this winter, but the cool temps are good for walking. The rain, not so muchl

Audrey, I'm very glad you're feeling fit again and getting back to your routines!

Berry, that's odd...my HRM usually shows 20% more calorie burn with poles vs without!

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Worked yesterday morning at my part time job, went to lunch at Swiss Chalet after which I walked 3.5 km with my poles - 4 days of walking in a week is getting back to my routine of a year or so ago.

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Interesting - I do no use an 'electronic activities monitor' but I thought they recorded 'steps' which would happen with or without poles.

It if were me I would continue to use the poles as they exercise upper body muscles as well as walking muscles.



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Trying to decide about best use for poles on my rural roads. It feels safer all around, however my Vivofit seems to not accurately "read" my steps when I use the poles. There is a significantly lower number when I pole walk. emoticon


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Walked with my poles yesterday and today with the meetup group - also walked on Saturday with a friend. It feels so god to get moving after nursing an arthritic knee for about six weeks.

We are having weather that is more like spring than the beginning of February - temps above zero C, and the rain has washed away most of the snow......except where it has been plowed into a pile. These piles melt during the day then freeze over night - presto 'BLACK ICE' which is the most dangerous for walkers as one thinks it is just wet. Being extremely careful!!

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Audrey, I've thought about it but have never tried it. I've seen some mall-walkers in Florida using them. If I ever end up living somewhere where mall-walking becomes a necessary alternative to outdoor walking due to extremes of weather, I can imagine using poles with the feet on. Why not?

Sorry to hear about your flare-up! I'm glad you're feeling better and working your way back slowly but surely. Take care!

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Had trouble with arthritic knees since the about the third week of November - and it lingered thru December and into January. But starting two weeks ago I have been out for short walks with my poles and am up to about 3 km per walk.

We had really warm weather here in southern Ontario until the beginning of last week then we got hit with 20 C below wind chill temperatures. Walked on Friday with a friend in the local shopping mall - which may be more the norm for the next 6 to 8 weeks.

Does anyone use Nordic poles inside??? Like walking in a mall or rec centre???

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First post here in the Chat thread in the New Year!
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I've been walking a lot, just not with the poles. My work location has changed so I get up to 20 minutes a day of extra walking in just getting there and back! The change also means that I have to plan my meals differently because the kitchen in the new language school location isn't set up yet. I'm used to taking my soup or chili or leftovers to work for lunch and nuking them. Missed that this week.
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Anyway, my American poles will be happy to see me in a couple of weeks. I look forward to getting out on the beach in Florida with my long-time meet-up group. We just had snow here in Germany and it's pretty, but I'll be ready for warmer temps by next week when I fly out (Jan 26-Feb 18)
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How are you all doing!?
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Feel better quick, Audrey!

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Walked just over 5 km last Wednesday but since then I have been 'hobbling'. No, not because of that walk but because I have had an arthritis flareup on my left knee - earlier this year is was the other one. I went out and bought myself a good cane! It really helped but when one of my best friends called me Gimpy last night it really hit home. Today it is so much better - each day improves a little and I can't wait until I can walk freely again.

Note to self: use the prescription topical meds regularly (not only when the knees begin to hurt).



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So, I went for a 50-minutes nordic walk this morning. I also walked for 30 minutes about a week ago. I will try to go maybe twice a week, we'll see how I will balance my exercise schedule!

I've just bought a few pièces of clothes for winter training, because some of them from before don't fit me so well anymore (hey, there's a limit to how much stretching clothes will endure lol!)

Have a great day and week, everyone, and keep moving! :-)


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No poles but got in 45 minutes on the treadmill today. Next week I'll be spending a few days in the Black Forest. There's supposed to be snow and I'm looking forward to doing some hiking while I'm there. Poles don't fit in my suitcase but I may try to take them anyway. We'll see.

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A 4.84 km of Nordic walking along the Mississauga (Port Credit) waterfront - with beautiful blue skies and temps soaring the 19 degrees C - it was a perfect day to go walking. My town is so fortunate to be on the shores of Lake Ontario and to have had someone with the foresight (back in the early 1990's) to develop a trail along the shore of this beautiful body of water.

Trying to keep up a record of at least 30 mins walking (mostly Nordic) a day!

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My walk yesterday. Casting a long shadow!


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Mel, yes I had a great trip. Haven't gotten around to posting pics here yet but may do that tomorrow.

Funny - I just got a new internet plan, too. I had cable before but now I have wifi. It seems to be a little faster and I can use all my digital devices at one time if I want to. Cool to be able to write emails or scroll through Facebook on my phone while I'm watching a tv show online. And I'll be able to stream youtube music videos on my tablet while I'm cooking in the kitchen. Normally, I just have the radio. Welcome to the 21st century!

I didn't get a lot of hiking in due to rain on the first couple days of my trip. My one longer hike was all downhill - kind of hard on the knees and I really missed my poles. Unfortunately, they don't fit in my suitcase or duffel, even when they're collapsed. So I may be in the market for some true travel poles soon. .

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Guess you are back from your trip? Good time? Tell, tell!

I was unable to access internet this whole past two weeks plus. Have had a new keyboard installed in my computer and we got a new more powerful router so I have what seems to be a more reliable signal that is much faster as well. So maybe the long hiatus was a beneficial thing in the end though I didn't get to let you and team know I'd be MIA.

I got a second pole recently so I'm set now at least for a while. They are quite good for starter poles. The telescoping has worked really well, not collapsing at inopportune times as I had been afraid might happen. My only real issue so far is that the handles are too large even when adjusted as far as they allow. I like to let the wrist take all the pressure so I don't have to grip the poles much--in order to avoid stress to the hands etc. and this is harder to acheive with these handles. But as I said, they are good for getting started. Another advantage has been that I am getting a feel for what to look for when I move to more expensive poles.

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Off to Switzerland for a 4-day retreat and some mountain walks!

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Still enjoying beautiful, sunny but cool days and (pole-)walked the long loop today - about an hour and 10 minutes. Hope the weather stays like this and it's a "golden October" like we sometimes have here!
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Thanks, Magee!
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My knees are OK...any exercise that requires kneeling is still painful, but walking is no problem. The left knee is turning some lovely colors - in honor of "fall"? but seems otherwise to be healing up fine.
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FINALLY got out with the poles for a short walk today! Perfect weather, just wish I had more time. If I didn't procrastinate so much on prepping for my Monday classes, I could get in longer Sunday afternoon walks like I used to. Must make a plan so that's possible.
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Have a good week!


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Hope the knees come through in good shape.

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Woohoo, Audrey! emoticon
As I've mentioned, Nordic walking is usually my weekend workout. Today on the way to the train station after the gym, I tripped on a wet curb and fell on both knees. Hoping that won't throw a kink into my weekend walking plans!
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Hi Nordic Sparkers

Walked on Monday with Meetup group - 6.2 km with Nordic poles.

A Meetup friend and I walked with Nordic poles this morning 4.8 km in low 20's C. We went to the Rhododendron Garden Park on the shores of Lake Ontario and walked to Port Credit harbour - it was foggy and the lake was almost glass smooth. We also observed many fall asters and goldenrod in bloom along the trail and counted over a dozen Monarch butterflies feeding off the nectar. We then went to our local bakery and had lunch and talked over a couple of cups of coffee.

Yesterday I spent cleaning up in the garden.

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Good for you for jumping in and getting it done--no frills style. That's what it takes sometimes.

I've been walking 3 miles a day this week and then yesterday, because a great grandaughter was here overnight and needing help getting registered for middle school and getting school supplies, I could only fit in 1.5 miles. It felt like a real loss and I was asking myself irritably if there isn't ANY age at which one's own life and plans can take precedence. Not a particularly grandmotherly question but there it is.

Plan to get out there today and make up for lost distance. Will take my single pole as it is such a useful item. Just call me Grandma Singlepole.

Happiness to all,

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Well, I DID go out for a walk after all. It cleared up a bit in the evening and I realized it was a "now or never" moment so I just walked a loop around town for 30 minutes. I didn't change clothes beforehand or take my poles or walkman or anything. Just did it. And I'm glad I did! emoticon

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Walked with Meetup Group on Monday and took my poles - 6.2 km. Also walked on Tuesday but the trail is a combination of dirt and paved paths and sidewalk so it is not so friendly to using poles. Swam in the pool yesterday as the 'heat' is back to southern Ontario.

I need to get out to do more walking - summer was excessively hot so did not walk a lot, and I was away for a month - surprising how quickly walking fitness fades.

I also have not heard of poles for women/men - with height adjustable and the light weight of the poles I do not know how they could make them 'different' enough to diistinguish one from the other.

Pole on! - audrey

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Hi, Mel

Michelle, or Zella, whatever! Sometimes there are more than one Michelle on a team, so Zella is a good option.

I have no idea about women's poles --- are they pink? emoticon I don't know what differences they might make. Will have to check out the Black Diamond page. I don't need new poles right now, but maybe sometime in the future...

It's rainy today so no pole-walking for me unless it clears up. I have a 4-day weekend, though, so I'm optimistic that I'll be able to get in a good tour sometime!

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lol, Thanks Michelle, (guess you're not Zella?) Yes, I am the proud owner of my one pole, which I do use a fair amount and it comes in very handy for security and balance. Maybe that's all I really need. But, still hankering for a pair of trekking poles. Have been looking at Lekis and Black Diamonds on line again today but it's a little confusing. I wonder if having women's poles is much of an advantage. I am in a daze at this point. Black Diamond does a better job than Leki at promoting their products, at least on the websites I have seen so far.

Take care,

Mel



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Mel, you're welcome with one pole, two or no poles at all! emoticon

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9/4/15 8:31 P

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I don't have NW poles yet but walked 3.5 miles again today with the aid of the single trekking pole that I bought here in town a few days ago. I quickly found that even a single pole makes a difference in my stability walking across the ocean headlands, bluffs, dunes and shore all of which is my typical daily walking terrain. I now have more confidence and can take the pooch places she really loves to go when we are out. Makes it more fun for me too.

I know that strictly speaking this is a forum for Nordic Walking and not trekking, hiking etc. I may end up doing both.



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8/21/15 10:10 A

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Nordic Walking this morning for just over an hour - finally some walking weather!

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8/20/15 11:28 A

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Can't seem to get any walking in - temps here in southern Ontario, Canada have been in the high 20's/low 30's C and with high humidity. Today is cooler but it is raining - sometimes a light rain but then an absolute downpour.

Tidying the house - taking many trips up and down stairs - does that count as exercise?????

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8/17/15 12:52 P

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I got in my walk - would have walked longer than the 45 minutes I did, but my blood sugar level was starting to drop. Normally, I take along a pocketful of dried apricots for such occasions, but hadn't done that. In any case, it was a good walk. What a relief to have cooler temperatures after a week in the 90's!

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Looking forward to walking tomorrow. We've had another heat wave and my work schedule has been super busy. BUT, I have started going back to the gym for the first time in a couple of years. Not with the poles, of course, but I can sometimes fit gym workouts into breaks between teaching. OK, folks - tomorrow - hold me accountable. Heavy rain my only excuse!

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7/29/15 5:17 P

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Understand re heat. I'm back in Florida. Besides being Florida summer hot, we have an active rainy season. I haven't done any outside exercise since I got home. My exercise has been my exercise bike and BOSU ball. Taking off next Monday to fly to Mass. Hope to do some hiking while visiting there.

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7/28/15 1:18 P

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Walked Sunday evening with the poles. Our latest heat wave is over so it's pleasant going out in the evening. Hope it stays like this for awhile, but it looks like it may get hot again! I'm not complaining really, because the summer here is quite short, but the heat definitely takes some adjustment!
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Eileen, it's so funny that you posted today! It just got back from my first walk with the poles in over a month. Most of my exercise lately has been walking to and from the train station, work, the supermarket and church. With the heat wave, that's about all I could manage. It felt great to get out in the woods today, with nothing to carry but the poles - no book bags, laptop bag, shopping bags, or anything else. emoticon

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If you ever get more tempted, I do love my Lekis with the strap release system.

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Yes, it does. I get the twisting thing. Since I seldom use the boots, I've never had that problem. Glad you can keep your trusty poles! I have seen some nice features on the new Lekis, though - kind of tempting!

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6/15/15 4:33 P

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No, don't need new poles.

Sometimes the boot gets slightly off its ideal position and when I correct it I don't release my hands from the harnesses - just place the boot between my feet and twist the pole. The result is that the tightening mechanism of the pole extension gets compromised. (Hope this explanation makes sense.)
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uhoh - does this mean you need new poles, Audrey? That happens to me sometimes when it's very cold outside but not in the summer!

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Meetup group walk this morning with six others - used my Nordixx poles and walked 6 km in 70 mins - well almost - just at the end one of my poles started getting shorter and shorter- but it was only the last 200 feet or so!

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Thanks for posting that link, Eileen - very tempting. I've never been to Spain and this could be a fun reason to go! But I'm hoping to get to London this summer and to Switzerland again in October, so the travel budget might not allow it!

I'm going hiking with a group from church tomorrow - May Day and a bank holiday in much of the world including Germany. It might rain, but it will probably be just a drizzle if it does. I'll be taking my poles, of course!

Have a great 10K!


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I'm going to do a 10k this Saturday and will get to use my poles. Haven't used them lately as much as I would have liked.

On another note, for European members. On 23rd to 27th of September 2015, in Spain will be the World Festival of Nordic Walking. Website is:
http://www.sevillenordicwalkingfestival.
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The virtual walk is an interesting concept.

I can understand why your back is better after two walks. Movement is usually good for backs. Before I started using two poles (trekking or Nordic), my back would complain after a six mile walk (this is Florida so more walk than hike). It would be fine the next day. After I started using two poles, my back is not complaining as much or at all.

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Two days in a row with the poles! What's really amazing is that the pain I've had in my lower back seems to be decreasing the more I get out walking with the poles (and without heavy bags of books or groceries!)

The weather has been wonderful - sunny and just a tad cool, so perfect for outdoor exercise. Would love to bottle up a few of these days for times when it's not so nice out! And it's spring in southern Germany, so I know those rainy days are coming. April showers and all...

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What do you all think about doing a virtual walk together as a team? I'm looking at some ways of organizing something like that and will send a Spark Mail to the whole team sometime soon. Feedback welcome now, though, if you have any thoughts!

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4/17/15 11:31 A

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Just over 5 km with a fellow walker from my Meetup Group - did not take my poles.

Since yesterday I swear the wild flowers have grown at least an inch!

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Sounds wonderful. There is something about exercising outside.

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6.07 km walk with my poles today - over 400 calories expended according to Sparkpeople.

Beautiful spring day with lots and lots of birds singing, especially Northern Cardinals.

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That's good news all around, Audrey! emoticon

I've been walking a LOT but just doing the normal stuff - walking to and from the train station, supermarket, church, etc. The weather is great but I haven't had a chance to get out with the poles. Thursday is looking like it might be a free day so I'm looking forward to a longer tour.

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Walked with Meetup group with my Nordic Poles - 6.2 km in 70 mins. Finally the 'spring' weather has arrived in southern Ontario and my knee (flair up of arthritis) is back to feeling normal.

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