SparkPeople Nordic Walking - Pole Walking Sparkers Team Messageboard A team for current and future Nordic Walkers. NW is a total body workout that burns up to 40% more calories than walking at the same pace, using core & upper body muscles against resistance. SparkPeople Nordic Walking - Pole Walking Sparkers Team Messageboard Collapsible Poles? I just got new collapsible Lekis for my upcoming trip to the south of France. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng/stoecke/3321/micro-flash-carbon/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've been wanting foldable poles for a long time and this seemed like a good occasion to get some. I guess I should have asked here before I bought, but still thought I'd post just in case someone is still around on the boards. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have experience with foldable, collapsible poles? ... Sat, 29 Jun 2019 07:28:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:08:56 EST Technique when walking down steep hills today I walked a path that had steep up and down hills. I held the poles up and behind me when walking down the steep hills. I couldn't figure out a safe way to use them on the down hills. I think I was worried I would pole vault off of them. Thougjts? Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:21:14 EST Getting started with Nordic walking Shoes, poles, technique, training plans, or any other advice needed! <BR> <BR> Former runner who has some knee problems. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Jeff Tue, 19 May 2015 14:16:29 EST Proper NW poles? I NW 5 miles, at least 3 times a week on neighborhood streets, 100% hard scape. I am using black diamond adjustable poles with shock absorbers. I go thru the black diamond $6 rubber tips I buy at REI in every 5 miles! I am pretty sure these are not the right poles for suburban use. I just bought some Leki rubber "feet" and have attached them to these tips, will give them my first trial this AM. I have spent a lot of time online trying to figure out the best equipment to purchase next. Before ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:33:29 EST Walking - what do you see? It is heart breaking to walk in my neighbourhood as virtually all of the Ash trees are dead or dying due to the Emerald Ash Borer - see explanation below. <BR> <BR> Ash trees were planted in newly built areas in the '60s & '70s, are native and very fast growing. This invasion will result in thousands and thousands of street, private/ public properties and woodlot/forest Ash trees being removed. The landscape of southern Ontario will be completely changed! <BR> <BR> Background <BR> The ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:36:42 EST Boost your Nordic Walks! Hi, I am curious to hear how you boost your Nordic Walks for even more calorie burn and increased fitness. <BR> <BR> Here are some tricks I use regularly: <BR> <BR> 1) Interval training: Use a timer on your phone, or just aim for the next park bench. Walk as fast as your can for 1 minute, then go back to normal pace for 30 seconds. Alternate fast/normal walks for at least 20 minutes to really boost your fitness. <BR> <BR> 2) Silly walks: (inspired by Monthy Python) It makes you giggle i... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:37:12 EST Hello, newbie here! Good Morning!! Happy 4th of July, Independence Day! <BR> <BR> I've had a set of Nordic Walking poles for several years, but have never really used them. Isn't that silly? <BR> So now's the time. I just read the SP article on Nordic Walking, watched the video on Youtube, and joined this team. I'm looking forward to learning tips from all of you, sharing in the conversation, and using my poles to increase my walking workouts. <BR> <BR> My name is Cathi, I live about 50 miles north of ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:28:13 EST Great Blog Post from a Team Member Need some encouragement to take up Nordic walking or get back to it? Here's a good read from one of our team members, AJR2013AJR: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619198 </link> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:16:42 EST Hello from newbie any suggestions? I have been using discount trecking poles as beginners with their solid strap as "glove". I have cross country skied a little. I do have physical issues with balance/strength, but walk better with even once trek stick than a cane I learned. I live rural, walk on rural roads, grass sides with traffic, sometimes sidewalks, or in a small town. Normally my dog is with me on a waist or shoulder leash and has adapted fantastic. <BR> <BR> The exerstriders look like something thing like a fanc... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 18:59:13 EST I'm Baaaaack! I was on this team for awhile until last March when I broke my left knee and left wrist. I left the team. After six surgeries, five on my leg and one on my wrist... I'm back to walking and today did my first trek. I trekked for 21 minutes... a lot for me now. Not fast but steady. <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:03:33 EST No Huddlers here? Nordic Walkers, why don't you Huddle? You get points for huddling, and you get to say a quick 'hi' to the rest of the team. Check it out on your Spark Points chart. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:09:24 EST I'm ready to go again I have been offline and busy with a move to another state. I've got the house unpacked an put away and I'm ready to focus on walking and sparking again. Blessings to the team! Happy walking. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:47:37 EST Runtastic - To Track Your Walks If you have a smartphone (iPhone or Android with GPS), you can download the free app Runtastic ( and use it to track your Nordic Walking outings. I just got back from my first walk with it and it is really super! (Except that it keeps telling me something that I am too busy walking to hear). It tracks distance, speed, pace, elevation and even maps your walks. So far, I really like it! Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:51:38 EST What do you say when...... people say to you "don't you need snow for that? Where's your skis? Hope you get better soon so you won't need those. " Tue, 3 Apr 2012 14:29:11 EST NW on the Fitness Tracker Coming soon! <BR> <BR> This discussion has come up several times - why isn't Nordic walking listed on the Fitness Tracker under cardio exercise? It's certainly just as popular among Spark members as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, playing Hacky Sack, and Sky Diving --- all listed under Other Activities on the tracker! <BR> <BR> I posted again on the Team Leaders message boards today and Coach Jen responded very quickly, saying that it's on Spark's list of things to add when the next updates to the F... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:40:54 EST Daily Chit Chat / Accomplishments Hi - starting a new topic! <BR> <BR> Recently moved to Level 14 - logging exercise and food, play Trivia daily and check and read most of the SparkPeople items from the Start page. Most of the time I get to spin the bonus wheel. <BR> <BR> -audrey <BR> Mississauga, Ontario Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:13:26 EST Snowshoed today! First time in three winters. I like snowshoeing out of my back door the best and this is the third winter we haven't had enough snow to do that. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to any more with my knee issues but I could. Knee didn't like it a whole lot. Will be interesting to see how it feels tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The fir trees smelled great! <BR> <BR> I couldn't find the "baskets" for my nordic walking poles. Will have to find them before I go again. <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:43:47 EST Not quite a newbie Hi, I once had the Spark and lost lots of weight, but during the last year have had a relapse of old habits and put the weight back! I am back here with enthusiasm and will make this the year where I lose the weight and keep it off. With everybodys help we can all spur each other on to live long and healthy lives and I intend to start with walking with my poles and pedometer and my iphone runtastic app outside and using my treadmill inside. Good Luck to all the Newbies out there. <B... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 10:26:10 EST Songs and Poems for the Season! SHERYLDS on the Slowest Loser's Team has been posting some "Christmas" songs and poems she's written. Here are a few... she keeps posting a new one every day or so. <BR> <BR> Jogging Around The Christmas Tree <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614378 </link> <BR> <BR> Winter Wonderland Song (Spark Style) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612724 </link> <BR> <BR> Jiggle Bells <BR>... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 07:58:43 EST New Team Member I am not new to Nordic Walking, but I am sure that I can learn more about it. Enjoy it very much. Have used poles for almost a year now. Looking forward to getting to know fellow team mates and sharing our experiences. Fri, 7 Oct 2011 01:37:28 EST Did you notice the new TICKERS? I do not know when SparkPeople tweaked the SparkPage Tickers but I just noticed them today. I saw someone's ticker about how many Sparkpoints she had and I had never before seen one like that. <BR> <BR> I went to "Edit my SparkPage" and then to the "Edit my Ticker". There is a completely new page for ticker edits with a wide variety of tickers available. <BR> <BR> Have you checked out this new feature of SparkPeople. The site just keeps getting better and better! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:41:57 EST New Pole Walker to the Team! Hi, <BR> I'm Carolyn. I just spotted your team when I was visiting the SparkPage of ZELLAZM (my friend MTNGRL's friend and my new Firecraker teammate). I have done searches for Nordic Poles before and only found the one article on SP. I've not looked lately though. <BR> <BR> I've had my poles since 2009 and had a 3x/week streak going through May of this year. In June I did the 5KWalk/Run and found that the Poles were not conducive to me doing this program with a friend who had no poles. Unti... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 14:06:23 EST When Walking Isn't Enough When Walking Isn't Enough: <BR> <BR> That's the title of an article by Coach Dean that's featured on Spark today as one of the Editor's Choice. It's a good article with lots of suggestions for "stepping up" your exercise program when you feel that walking isn't giving you the results you'd like to see. <BR> HOWEVER, it doesn't mention Nordic Walking!!! <em>24</em> <BR> How about doing a little lobbying for our sport in the comments on the post? <BR> <em>321</em> <em>244</em> <em>215</... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 07:09:16 EST Fanny, Back, Abdominal Pack I'm getting ready for a vacation in the North Woods of Wisconsin. I know my hubby and I won't be walking far but we will be walking slow. I think it will be a good chance to use my poles though. <BR> <BR> My question, I was looking for a fanny pack to carry things in and they seem to have become an endangered species, possibly even extinct. I just want something to carry water, id, my cell phone and maybe a couple of sandwiches. <BR> <BR> The problem I'm having is finding one big enough to ... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 09:11:16 EST Nordic Walking on the Fitness Tracker Hi, I am new to the team but have been nordic walking for some time. There is still no nordic walking choice on the fitness tracker so it is difficult to work out the calories burned. If as Coach Nicole says we burn 20% more calories while walking with poles is it as easy as looking to see the calories burned while ordinary walking for a specific time and speed and adding 20%? Can we have it listed please (if it can be done for the wii surely it can be done for pole walking. I live ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 06:38:48 EST Has Nordic Walking caught on yet in your area? In south west Pennsylvania we have some of best trails for all types of recreation. I'm the only one I know that nordic walks. I quess this activity has not caught on here yet. Anyone experiencing the same thing were you live? Sun, 29 May 2011 19:45:23 EST New Member I received my VIP Poles today from SWIX today. I'm going to have fun with these this summer. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:49:33 EST Intro for a Not Quite New Member Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been signed up to this group for quite a while but have never posted on the forum. I'm originally from Georgia, USA but have lived near Liverpool, England for almost 14 years ago. <BR> <BR> I took a Nordic Walking course several years ago in Norfolk, England and have thoroughly enjoyed this activity since then. Back when I took the course I was about 50 lbs heavier than I am now. I still have a lot of weight to lose, so the Nordic Walking is excellent for taking so... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:10:39 EST New member Hi My name is Carollee, I am 53 years old and live in Vt. I have arthritis and use Leki pacer poles. I have been walking up a steep hill to work in the morning. I wiegh about 230 lbs 5ft 8 inches tall. The poles help me with the strain on my feet. Right now there is quite a bit of snow and I find the poles help me with stability Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:08:04 EST World Nordic Walking Day 10/10/10 is World Nordic walking are some links <link> </link> <BR> <link><BR>Walkers/calendar/14912023/ </link> <link><BR>_Nordic_Walking_Day/Welcome.html </link> <link> </link> <link><BR>w/198/321/ </link> <BR> The big question is, what are YOU doing for Nordic Walking day....let's add our... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 13:18:31 EST Just ordered my poles and can't wait to use them I can't believe there is a SP Team for Nordic walking. I am sooooo thrilled. I have wanted to try this sport for a while and finally made the leap and bought some poles. They should arrive this week and I can't wait to try them. <BR> <BR> I know I will be active on this team once I start to use them. So glad to be here! Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:35:20 EST May 8 is World Walking Day Is there a walking group in your area that will have a walk organized for that day? There is a walking group in Sacramento CA called the Walking Sticks! LOl They are affiliated with national and international walking groups. Maybe your area has such a group too. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>331</em> Wed, 24 Mar 2010 15:30:46 EST Book Review: Nordic Walking for Total Fitness I found this on and thought you might be interested. <BR> <BR><BR>/fr/nordicwalkingtotalfitness.htm Fri, 12 Mar 2010 04:24:49 EST dogs has any body here been attacked by dogs, my wife was walking our dog and was attacked by 2 big German shepherds Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:07:06 EST Ok I know we don't need snow but... I have snow and ice etc. Does anyone out there have a favorite pair of shoes to walk in this mess with. I do have spikes I wear on my shoes but looking for mid to high boots that can take this 7 degree weather we are having and still be comfortable. <BR> <BR> I walk about 4 miles a day. <BR> <BR> thanks Tue, 5 Jan 2010 07:48:17 EST Snow shoeing ... what to wear... Does anyone else snow shoe in the winter time? I just got a pair. I have a nice down coat that is large enough I can layer under it (which I find I do NOT have to do) and usually wear a scarf and hat. The problem is if there is no wind I am too hot. But then if the wind kicks up I get chilled. What do you wear outside in the winter to keep warm but stay cool? Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:01:34 EST Snow shoe poles... I just got a pair of Yukon Charlie snow shoes (early Christmas present for my husband to go with all the lake effect snow we are getting). Can I use the retractable poles that come with it to Nordic walk in the summer time? Is there a difference in poles? <BR> Thank you for any advice. Wed, 9 Dec 2009 15:09:28 EST Nordic Track - Ski Machine I everyone I am a newbie here on team Nordic Walking. I was looking for a team that use cross country ski machines. Since Nordic Walking would use the same muscle groups as the Nordic Track I joined on. Come spring I plan on getting some poles and going outside to do some exercising. <BR> <BR> Does anyone here have a ski machine? Wed, 2 Dec 2009 15:35:48 EST Winter Alternatives? November was unusually warm this year, so I've been able to continue NW once or twice a week on a regular basis. We usually have fairly mild winters, too - but for those of you who live in the snow and cold, what are your alternatives to outdoor exercise? Gym, home exercise equipment (like Christina's Nordic Track?), DVDs? <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 05:35:41 EST Where do you "feel it" when you Nordic Walk? I'm new to Nordic Walking and had my first really great walk yesterday. The path was dry so my poles didn't slip. (I've got new tips ordered and they're on the way.) And I think I really got the hang of it. I've watched a bunch of videos that outline different techniques and yesterday I tried to find the technique that works for me. Should my arms be bent or straight or somewhere in the middle? Somewhere in the middle works best for me. But I also noticed that when my arms got too tired (I'm ... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 10:31:24 EST Do yr poles drag when you swing your arms forward? Mine do. I'm curious how it is for other folks. <BR> <BR> I've watched a few videos on YouTube and tried to follow along, but I can't keep my poles from dragging on the ground when I swing my arms forward. If I hold the grips for the entire movement and just work out of my elbows, it's not a problems. But if I work from the shoulders and release my hand when it passes my hip, they drag on the forward arc. I guess the only think I don't like about the dragging is the noise. I've had to take ... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:57:49 EST My poles just arrived! What do I do now?? Hey there Nordic Walkers, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SP and brand spanking new to Nordic Walking. I ordered Leki adjustable poles (Lands End Overstocks) and they just arrived. The only disappointing thing is that the DVD included with the poles is broken in two. And I don't have any idea how I'm supposed to use the poles. <BR> <BR> I know there's lots of info out there, so I'm off to YouTube now to find an introduction. I've just got to get out there today and try them. Wish me luck! Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:18:03 EST Walking Blogs Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I just found these blogs about walking in general and Nordic Walking in specific. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>og-part.html <BR> <BR><BR>m/ <BR> <BR><BR>ic-walking.php Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:17:37 EST Nordic Walking Instructional Videos on YouTube Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am getting back into Nordic Walking after my successful hip replacement surgery and I was just checking the web for some videos when I ran across these on YouTube. She's not really using the proper poles but her form is good in this video. <BR> <BR><BR>rk&feature=fvw Thu, 3 Sep 2009 07:31:17 EST Nordic or Exerstride? Hi! I'm new to this team. I saw an article on FitBottomGirls about Nordic Walking, then when I was researching it, I found Exerstride. Now I'm confused as to which might be better for me. I am already a regular fast walker and fledgling runner so I wanted something in between. Going shopping tomorrow for poles but don't know which method to try. Anyway, I hope to start this up soon because before you know it, winter will be here! Thank you! Sun, 30 Aug 2009 18:36:22 EST Newbie Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Anja. I started nordic walking 3 weeks ago and I think it is great fun! Never thought it would be so much fun since I never liked to jog or go for a walk much and I thought it was somewhat the same... But now I know that was a totally wrong assumption (except it is an outdoor sport). I have a trainings partner which makes it much easier to resist my weaker self to stay seated on that couch <em>220</em> ! So many thanks to her... I am happy to be part of this Team... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 10:46:36 EST Exerstrider Poles I have been using a pair of Leki traditional trekking poles with cushion tips for the past year and am ready for a pair of poles more specific to Nordic walking. I am considering the Exerstrider Poles--they are the ones with the ergonomic handles without straps--has anyone used them? Or do you recommend any other poles? I do have shoulder and wrist orthopedic issues. Thanks for your help. Mon, 8 Jun 2009 08:14:05 EST Question on how to track NW...??? I did a search under cardio for NW and I can only find the calorie equivalent for walking. Are you all putting the info in manually for that activity? Thu, 28 May 2009 08:52:58 EST Hello Everyone! I learned about Nordic Walking at a MS Clinic I was at. I'm 28 and have MS myself. I joined SP to help me lose weight and become overall healthier. I purchased the poles as an alternative to just walking. For the past few years my friends and I have participated in the 50 mile MS Challenge Walk. The new training schedule began two weeks ago and I just can't get motivated to walk...let alone NW! I'm hoping that by joining this team I will become motivated to get out there and move! Wed, 27 May 2009 20:48:58 EST NW pics on my sparkpage I posted some pictures of some of the groups and the area that I take people Nordic Walking in. Thu, 19 Mar 2009 10:13:14 EST Skype We just got back from vacationing in Florida for Bike Week and had a good time in spite of the cold. My grandson introduced me to Skype and now that I'm home I've also connected to Skype and was wondering if there were any other team members also on Skype? The best part is that Skype to Skype video calls are free! Sun, 8 Mar 2009 11:11:46 EST What poles are you using? I use the Leki Instructor poles, and the NW Traveler when I'm on the road. What do you use? Tue, 3 Mar 2009 13:06:06 EST Cardio entry for Nordic Walking I tried looking up nordic walking under My Fitness/cardio activity and when I enter the miles walked it is the same calorie expenditure as if I just enter regular walking? How does everyone handle this? Tue, 3 Mar 2009 09:04:14 EST Team Leader Changes Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I'm letting everyone know that I am taking myself off as team leader. I just don't have time to be the co-leader of this team anymore, and it needs someone who does. I'm sorry about this and I wish everyone the best! (I will be staying on with the team, just not as a co-leader.) <BR> <BR> Here's to making 2009 the best year yet! Sun, 1 Mar 2009 23:49:43 EST Nordic Walking eCommunity on Yahoo I've recently joined an eCommunity on Yahoo which has a lot of helpful topics by the top nordic walkers in the world. <BR> It's: <BR><BR>ingecommunity <BR> <BR> You can search for nordic walking topics in the past messages or ask your own questions. You'll get answers or opinions from several authorities. I've found this very helpful. And it's free! Wed, 11 Feb 2009 13:56:15 EST What kind of shoes do you wear? I wear regular "walking" shoes right now. I have in the past used "cross training" shoes too. Mine have leather uppers although I'd prefer the lightweight mesh uppers type of shoes for warmer weather. However, I've only seen "running" shoes like this. Does anybody know of a brand of walking shoe that has a mesh upper? <BR> I know that socks are important too. Recently I made the mistake of buying a pair of socks at Walmart for 1.00. BIG mistake. After a walk of less than an hour, I alm... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 13:31:53 EST Team Goals? I was wondering what our team would like to do for some goals? We are already doing a few, "Nordic Walking - Team Challenge 2009", and "Add a Goal". But is there something you may want to be working on??? Eat more fruit/veggies, drink more water, etc.???? <BR> <BR> What do you want to do?????? Wed, 4 Feb 2009 12:52:05 EST Nordic Walking on icy surfaces Just curious how other team members handle this slippery problem. <BR> I have a set of the Get-A-Grips that stretch onto my walking shoes. That prevents my feet from slipping. However, I need suggestions on how to keep my rubber tips from skidding/slipping on the ice. I have the Exerstrider poles and since I had an old pair of the rubber boots sitting around, I had my husband screw in a couple of hex-head screws in the bottom of the rubber boots to make them sort of "studded". I haven't t... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 08:40:48 EST To Be A Success, Plan For Success! Hi Folks, I found these 18 tips on another SP team and I thought it would be fun to share them, but I thought I would only post one tip at a time. That way we could really think about what it says, and perhaps share our ideas on that tip. Hope you enjoy them, and find them helpful. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Set a realistic goal: <BR> <BR> Take a big dream, and break it down into small, manageable steps, like "I want to lose 100 lbs; 2 lbs. at a time. I want to get healthy; one day at a time, I w... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 19:10:28 EST hello everyone! Riding horses for 20 years caused a problem with my knee...Glad to say Nordic Walking has cured that problem. Noticed my arms were tired when I first started with my Leki poles. Used to hunt my Basset hounds on foot Sunday afternoons over a 3,000 acre ranch. Can't do that any more so the Nordic walking is a great substitute. <BR> <BR> The motion with poles is very similar to my Nordic Track ski machine. I plan to use my ski machine indoors when the weather is too cold. <BR> <BR> Good to... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 08:08:42 EST Weight or Resistance Training I was wondering how many of you also do any weight training in addition to the nordic walking. According to what I've read, nordic walking is a total-body workout, involving the upper body and core muscles, as well as being a cardio workout. Mon, 12 Jan 2009 17:07:57 EST Adding your Nordic Walking in your Cardio. Say you walk for 55 minutes at a 17-minute mile pace with walking poles. Since there's no category on SparkPeople for this, do you just enter it under the Walking, 17-minute mile, category? This burns 264 calories. <BR> Or, since Nordic Walking burns more (20% average with each step), does anybody else calculate their own calories using an estimated percentage and enter it? Hope I'm not confusing everybody. Do you understand what I mean? <BR> I was just wondering what everybody else does.... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 14:00:56 EST Nordic Walking - Team Challenge 2009 If you are interested in doing a "Year Challenge" with our team, we will be doing a 20,000,000 steps for the year, starting January 1, 2009. <BR> <BR> Now you may be thinking, How are we going to do that? That's to many steps. Okay, lets break this down. If we have 10 people, and do only 6,000 steps per day, that’s 42,000 steps per week, 180,600 steps per month, and 2,167,200 steps for the year. With 10 people doing this, the team will reach our goal of 20,000,000 steps for the year with no... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 23:23:16 EST New Co-Leader! JULIE@FOURWINDS has agreed to help co-lead the Nordic Walking team. We'd like to see more activity here on the team board and Julie has some great ideas that we'll be hearing more about in the New Year. <BR> <BR> Thanks for stepping up to the plate, Julie! Sun, 28 Dec 2008 17:14:41 EST Hello Team - New Co-Leader Here Hello team! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself as your new co-leader. I look forward to working together to meet our weight loss goals, and getting to know each of you better. If you have questions, ideas, etc. please let me know. I want this to be a team we can count on and help each other out daily. (I know I can use the encouragement!) I plan on visiting as many of your spark pages as I can so I can get to know you all better, and I hope you visit mine too. <BR> <BR> Julie Sat, 27 Dec 2008 21:29:04 EST I want to be a Pole Cat TOO! I am a bit of a stinker! You can check out my page and find out too much about me. I have been sparking since August and have taken off a solid 9 pounds. That is 9 out of 70 pounds so you see I have a bit more to go. I have osteoarthritis in one knee and the next step would be a replacement - not ready for that! Weight loss helps and staying moving is good too. Walking with poles helps my knee immensely. I am enjoying the creative aspect of budgeting that goes with this economy. I was... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:32:41 EST SNOW! Where are you and do you have it yet? Now, I know we don't need it for Nordic walking, but it can be nice! <BR> <BR> Here in southern Germany, I woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow! It's almost all melted already but it was sure pretty while it lasted! I was able to get out Nordic walking early today and really enjoyed the brisk air and the late-autumn scenery. <BR> <BR> Have you got snow yet where you are? <em>263</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2008 09:45:42 EST Fall is Upon Us! Love the cooler mornings. It's been great getting out and walking every morning. Colors are changing and my walks are so invigorating! Mon, 29 Sep 2008 11:22:27 EST What kind of shoes do you wear? Since I am just beginning my walking routine I really haven't purchased any good equipment/clothing yet other than my Exerstrider poles. <BR> <BR> I have been so stiff and crippled up the last few years that I know it has goofed up my walk. I tend to walk very flat footed, swinging from the hip rather than using calf and feet. Yes, I can look like a robot on one of my bad days. I have running shoes (Avia) which I liked because the splayed heel seems to give me stability, but I'm wondering i... Sun, 14 Sep 2008 19:02:41 EST Breast Cancer Survivor with Nordic question I am a 51 year old breast cancer survivor of two years. I had a mastectomy with reconstruction, and chemo then. I just had another mastectomy with reconstruction of my unaffected breast as a preventative measure. <BR> Here is my question I have been power walking for about a year and started Nordic walking three days per week for the last 2 months prior to surgery. <BR> My question is if anyone out there is a Nordic walker/Breast Cancer survivor out there who had reconstruction with a tissue... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 13:19:09 EST In the news Hi, all! I had almost forgotten about this, and when I remembered it, I thought ya'll might like to see it. My business partner and I were interviewed by our local news a couple of years ago. What's funny is the story was picked up and aired in several cities across the US and Canada. <BR><BR>=858863 <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2008 09:27:13 EST Favorite Fuel NO, this is not a post about gas prices! ;) <BR> <BR> When you go on longer walks or hikes, do you take a snack along? I tend to low blood sugar, so I've found that I sometimes need some fuel even when I'm out walking for an hour or so. <BR> <BR> My latest favorite is untreated, dried apricots. They're not exactly low-cal but they're satisfying and give me a lot of energy quick. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite "fuel"? <BR> <em>238</em> <em>116</em> <em>289</em> <em>29</em> <em>115<... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 06:51:51 EST Wow, I can't believe how our team has grown! Seems like I've been getting a lot more e-mails lately saying that someone has joined! This is great - welcome all newcomers. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2008 10:20:45 EST With or without? Just curious - do you walk more WITH or WITHOUT the little rubber feet on your poles? I'm not even sure where mine are, because I do most of my walking on the trails in the woods and parks near my home. <BR> <BR> Are you more of a trailwalker or a pavement walker? Sat, 12 Jul 2008 14:58:11 EST Greetings from Utah! Hi, all! I was thrilled to find this group. I'm new to SparkPeople but not new to Nordic Walking. I've been NW for 4 years and have been an instructor for 2 1/2. A full year of health challenges ranging from bronchitis to sprained knees to surgery got me out of the habit of exercise. Now I'm trying to get back in and NW is the best fitness activity I know of! I'm looking forward to following the threads in this group and getting back to being fit. Thu, 10 Jul 2008 10:01:04 EST Check it out! I've just added our first team goal - you can find the info on how to participate below this forum! <BR> <BR> Feel free to post any ideas here that you might have for other team goals and challenges. Sun, 6 Jul 2008 11:42:38 EST I Like Nordic Walking because.... I'll start out - you can cut and paste to add your own entries: <BR> <BR> Why I like Nordic walking: <BR> <BR> 1. I burn more than 20% more calories with the poles than when I'm walking without them. <BR> 2. I like the noise the sticks make on the pavement :) Sun, 6 Jul 2008 11:38:24 EST Seasoned walker looking for the next step. I was cruising around the spark groups looking for some motivation and was checking out the walking groups when I found nordic walkers. <BR> <BR> I have been walking for awhile now, usually 15 to 20 miles a week and I also go to aerobic classes 2 to 3 days a week. I don't run any more so this nordic walking appeals to me a lot if I can increase my fitness and calorie burning. <BR> <BR> I actually saw my German neighbor out the other day with poles and didn't think much of it until seei... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 13:35:42 EST Nordic Walking? Hello, I happen to find this team and thought this may be a good way to exercise, however, I am not sure what exactly you do? Do you use ski poles and go out and walk with them? Like cross country skiing without the snow? Do you need special shoes, etc.? Is there a site I can go to that will give me some more information on this? Thanks for the help. Julie Thu, 3 Apr 2008 17:19:59 EST A newbie Hi, I'm a 55 yrs.old woman and I've just discovered walking poles. I love them and can't imagine walking without them. I hike off the beaten path with my dogs and enjoy the upper body workout my poles give me. So glad to know there's a team for us. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 19:23:42 EST Better Homes/Garden - Heart Healthy Magazine Spring 2008 issue has article about working out with poles. Tue, 19 Feb 2008 21:06:47 EST New to SP and walking is the chosen activity Hey ya'll! I've known about Nordic Walking (NW) for many years, but never broke down and bought poles. Well the knees have had it, toss in too much weight gain over the past 5 years and arthritis SO I broke down and bought hiking poles so I could keep doing some of my boy scout activities with my daughter's Crew and my son's Troop. Won't go any distance without the poles. <BR> <BR> I then had a Foot Solutions store open nearby and the manager started trying to form walking clubs using the... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 23:35:50 EST Snowshoes! Snowshoe basics: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sics.asp </link> Thu, 20 Dec 2007 15:57:40 EST Founding Father of Nordic Walking <link><BR>007/07/blog-post_20.html </link> <BR> <BR> The link above connects to a public radio interview of Tom Rutlin of Wisconsin, USA who claims to have invented "pole walking" about 20 years ago... Tue, 4 Dec 2007 15:16:01 EST My Heart Rate Monitor Arrived! Can't wait to try it out at the gym tomorrow and on our walking tour on Saturday! This is great timing, because I've been feeling my motivation slip a bit with the stress of the approaching holidays. <BR> <em>233</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:59:45 EST Nordic Walking Blog - great resource! Just came across this blog with a lot of good information and up-to-date news on Nordic walking: <BR> <BR><BR>m/ Sat, 24 Nov 2007 19:00:50 EST Motivational Affirmations Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. ~Soren Kierkegaard Fri, 9 Nov 2007 05:19:43 EST How to Lift 6,000 Pounds! Just occured to me this morning: I put a 1.5 weight on each wrist, and about half way through my walk to work, which is just over 2 miles, about 4,000 steps, that by the time I get there I will have lifted 6,000 pounds! 2 x 2,000 x 1.5 = 6,000 ! Awhile later it also occured to me that it was a pretty good analogy for losing weight. You can't lose 40 pounds all at once, but you can do it one pound at a time, or even several calories at a time! <BR> <em>84</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2007 12:34:09 EST Vegetarian Walking Shoes Can you believe it? Here's an item I found while doing a websearch on walking shoes: "For those who have tried, finding non-leather shoes can be a daunting, almost impossible, task. Specifically for those kind individuals, here's a collection of vegetarian shoes for secure, cruelty-free peace of mind. With advances in synthetic manufacturing, non-leather materials are now virtually identical to their genuine counterparts, but with none of the guilt. And with a variety of styles to choose fr... Wed, 10 Oct 2007 20:11:43 EST Anti-Inf ammation Diets This article from a website called the Diet Channel is a good overview. There are a number of different versions of this diet out there and some prominent Doctors promoting it: the YOU: On a Diet doctors, Dr. Oz (Oprah), Dr. Perricone, Dr. Weil. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day, it's just healthier eating! <BR> *************************************** <BR> <BR> Anti-Inflammatory Diet <BR> <BR> Inflammation is a set of symptoms that includes pain, swelling, heat and redness of an affected... Mon, 24 Sep 2007 05:11:07 EST Nordic walking in the U.S. The main complaint shared by Nordic walkers is that people often ask them, "What the heck are you doing with those poles?" Or, worse, "Hey, where's the snow?" <BR> <BR> Nordic walking originated in Finland, where competitive Nordic skiers began using their poles to help train during the off-season. What they discovered was a full-body workout utilizing more muscle groups than walking alone. This form of exercise became all the rage in Europe, with both skiers and non-skiers donning poles for... Thu, 20 Sep 2007 13:39:48 EST Nordic Walking on ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Spending hours in a gym wasn't giving Susan Huynh of Los Angeles, California, the results she was looking for, so on the advice of a friend, she picked up some poles, but she didn't head to the slopes. Instead she tried a growing exercise trend: Nordic walking. <BR> <BR> "I really like the fact the poles keep you aligned," Huynh says. "This really works all the right muscles at the right time." <BR> <BR> The technique involves leaning slightly forward, taking long ... Fri, 17 Aug 2007 17:25:59 EST Swiss Gear Hiking Pole<BR>g-Pole-Red-SG66201/M/B000GGTSD8.htm <BR> <BR> Just 10 bucks! I got mine at WalMart and they work great. Wed, 15 Aug 2007 14:47:25 EST Tummy tuck Believe it or not, the best way to trim your waist is to burn calories with things like running, walking and cycling. This is because you can't "zap" fat off your middle with target-toning exercises like crunches. Crunches will strengthen and firm the area, but if you have excess fat layering around your middle, they won't help much with that. Losing weight overall will help you lose from your middle. So you need to aim to burn more calories and/or take in fewer calories. That's the simple ye... Mon, 13 Aug 2007 20:47:43 EST Nordic (Norwegian) Jokes Once there was a Norwegian named Ole who took his wife with him wherever he went so that he wouldn't have to kiss her goodbye. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> Ole and Sven went on a fishing trip to Canada and come back with only three fish, and Sven says, "The way I figger it, Ole, each of them fish cost us $400. Well. At dat price it's a good ting we didn't catch any more of em than we did." <BR> <BR> ----------------... Sun, 29 Jul 2007 17:05:37 EST