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Nordic Swing Dance!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sometimes a workout is just that: a WORK out! It just doesn't come easy and it just doesn't crank up those endorphins the way one would like.

This morning was one of those mornings. The old upper body ST moves just weren't happening without a lotta OOF and there were no new increments of weight added...just the same-old, same-old. So after almost an hour of that I move on to Spinning Class for an hour. But again it just wasn't happening. I was going through the motions but none of the tunes grabbed me the way they sometimes do. You know: when the rhythm of the music is right in sync with your pedaling or even better, inspires you to pedal harder?

So after a "meh" morning at the fitness center, feeling like my tank was running lower than it should and thinking about my heart, I head out to the car and WOW:

The great outdoors were beckoning! Clear blue skies, sunshine and mid-40's! Within a couple of days we are in for more frigid single digits and below weather: This was clearly a day to savor and treasure!

Although I wondered about tossing another workout on top of two that were already so-so I simply could not let this day pass without taking advantage of it!

Off to Otsiningo Park I go and pull out my Nordic Poles which had been gathering FAR too much dust, put on my mp3 player and I'm OFF to the trails! It was utterly the smartest thing I have done for myself in a while! I was just enthralled with my music, the weather, the trails busy with families, couples, joggers, kids on bikes and moving my body felt just WONDERFUL! I was non-stop smiles and at times even chuckling and chortling with inner dialogue such as:

My inner critic: "You're gonna PAY for this with all sorts of aches and pains!"

Me: "PAY?!? If what I'm doing is COSTING me I'll gladly hand over my wallet! There isn't any pill, potion or magic that can do any more for me than what I am doing right now!"

The shuffle on my mp3 player was in rare form, first serving up a couple of Sergio Mendes tunes, the first from my very favorite album of his:

Brasileiro - Magalenha

Sergio Mendes, Encanto - Odo-Ya (be forewarned...these two albums of Sergio's will get you up and MOVIN' to the GROOVIN'!)

Marcus Roberts - Cherokee: Virtuosic boogie woogie! You've never heard two hands have more fun than this!

The Who Live At Leeds Shakin All Over (and later Baba O'Riley!) Love the bombast and drive of The Who!

Basia - Someone For Everyone (nice jazzy piece from an under-appreciated Polish singer)...couldn't find the studio version, but this live one is fun!

Had a nice teaser blast from the past: Sly Stone's Hot Fun in the (ahem) WINTERTIME! :-)

And I was delighted to get this recommended tune courtesy of RECREATING_ME! Pharrell Williams - Happy! Such a fun video with this one!

When I use the Nordic poles I try to really get *into* the stride and to remember to swivel my hips with my walk. With all the great music being served up it felt more like Nordic Swing Dance than Nordic Walking...lol! I tossed some jogging in now & then when it got a little sloppy for the poles and fjorded a few parts of the trail which were flooded over.

And yes, when it was all said & done and I finished the 5.25 mile loop I was one whupped and hurting pile of joy! Totally put thoughts of my heart on the way back burner!

Before signing off I just had to share such an inspiring talk I heard on TED TV, courtesy of our local public radio station:

Less Stuff, More Happiness:
"Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life."

This is really great wisdom, HUGELY resonated with me, and is WELL worth checking out!


Find and celebrate your SPARK everyone!

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    So glad that you liked "Happy!" :)

    And what a wonderful workout! Sounds very invigorating!
    2525 days ago

    2525 days ago
    What a fantastic day, Don!
    ..and I totally enjoyed all the links; I just added Basia to the growing list of artist whose CD's or downloads I would like to get!!

    2527 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2527 days ago
    Great TED talk! Thanks for posting the link.
    2527 days ago
    I have had those blah workouts also. You found such joy in your nordic dance trek. Thanks for sharing the music and the talk. I have always loved Sergio Mendez.

    2527 days ago
    So delighted to hear about your Nordic Swing Dance!! There is nothing getting into that zen zone of exercise when all worries recede into the far distance: good for you for persisting until you found what you needed.
    2527 days ago
    great that you did the outdoors
    2528 days ago
    Will have to hunt that TED down-always a good talk!
    It was down right balmy in the south today-mid 60s, sunny and a light breeze. I got out on my favorite "trail" and stomped out five miles with my favorite play list! Great day for walking-nordic or not~LOL
    2528 days ago
    I have been clearing for awhile now and can honestly say it is a very freeing feeling. The lightness of being, so to speak.
    2528 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Nothing, absolutely nothing beats getting outside and enjoying a rousing musical led work out! Great work, great tunes and thanks for the links!!
    So getting cabin fever here -back in the deep freeze. Will have to live vicariously through my Spark friend's adventures!
    2528 days ago
    So good to see you feeling high on life! Third time was the charm.
    2528 days ago
    emoticon And may your muscles "eventually" forgive you for feeding your soul! A day well lived... if one thing's not doing it, but another beckons... go for it.
    2528 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14245438
    Rock ON, fine dude!!!

    It's not every day I feel utterly compelled to click the "I liked this blog" button, but I couldn't pass it up after reading this energizing, uplifting, rock 'em, sock 'em entry! emoticon Plus, there's something more than a wee tad global about groovin' on primo Sergio Mendes cuts while endorphin-cranking with Nordic poles and hence, your one-of-a-kind invention of NORDIC SWING DANCE!

    Awright, so I'm an old (read: ancient) fan of Sergio's from his '66 beginnings. He's my fave Brazilian artist of all time, and Brasileiro and Encanto are the two well-worn albums which, fortunately, can now rest in degradation-proof perpetuity on my iPod.

    YOU KNOW YOUR MUSIC, MY FRIEND! Love Baba O'Riley, too, as a truly unique energizer. Listen...with your kinda tunes and creativity, I'll be one of the first to sign up for your next Nordic Swing Dance class. Just show us the dotted line...and meanwhile, carry on! Loved this entry!
    2528 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14253479
    What a beautiful blog!

    Question: Have you looked into Eat To Live as an eating program? Very well documented that it does wonders not only for weight loss, general health and bodily healing, but also specifically for the heart.

    I didn't go to your page before asking this. Perhaps you know of it already.

    Keep up the spontaneous method of exercise. It was such a joy to read about. Thank you.
    2528 days ago

    It's so great that you were able to enjoy the wonderful weather and experience such an exercise high! You rock, Don!
    2528 days ago
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