Thanks to the American Nordic Walking Association for the heads-up on a Mayo Clinic newsletter for (again) pointing out the benefits of Nordic Walking. “Could walking poles help me get more out of my daily walk” was the question in the Q&A section about healthy lifestyles. Dr. Edward Laskowski endorsed poles and enumerated the key benefits.
Two days of Nordic Walking and Smovey training and certification in Los Angeles.
The American Nordic Walking Association has scheduled a two-day Nordic Walking event in LA on November 22-23 for all enthusiastic Nordic Walkers and motivated health and wellness professionals too. Two ANWA Master Coaches, Gottfried Kürmer from Vienna, Austria and Bernd Zimmermann from Los Angeles, founder and president of the American Nordic Walking Association, in combination with their local ANWA trainers. The scheduled includes workshops and basic certification seminars for beginners and ANWA certification seminars for Advanced and Professional Nordic Walking Instructors.
The event includes the opportunity for a closer look at such other exercise training options as BungyPump, Trekking, and Wrap’nGo for Weight-Loss.
There are also integrated workshops from the hottest fitness trend from Europe like the Smovey Vibro-Swing System, two rings weighing 500 grams each that are used to combine fitness, health and weight loss. In case you’re wondering as I was, Smovey stands for SWING, MOVE and SMILE. Nordic Walking poles and the Smovey Vibro-Swing System are provided during this workshop and seminar.
Click here for the schedule, not just in Los Angeles but also in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Jacksonville and elsewhere in the sunbelt in the next few weeks.
The 2013 International Nordic Walking Association Convention will be held at the Jędrzej Śniadecki Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdansk, Poland. from October 2 to 6, coinciding with the year’s final Polska Federacja Nordic Walking Nordic Walking Cup event. It may be hard for Americans to comprehend a “Nordic Walking Cup” when the sport/activity is so long in gaining real traction on this side of the Atlantic, but it gives North American advocates that much more of a goal to shoot for. The INWA convention’s theme is “Sport as a Leading Element in Nordic Walking.” Program details to be announced.
First Wednesday in April is the day to walk — or walk more
The American Heart Association promotes the first Wednesday in April as National Walking Day. The goal is to get as many people as possible to commit to walking for at least 30 minutes a day. Many of us already put in more time on foot and with poles, but that that is the minimum that reduces health risks, according to the AHA.
Some communities, senior centers, rec districts and even companies organize National Walking Day activities for Wednesday, April 3 this year. The AHA offers a National Walking Day Toolkit for individuals and organizations. The US Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking solicits comments in the Federal Register on what the Call to Action should be to promote walking for health, wellness and fitness.
Reusable bottle with filter is a sensible alternative to disposables
I know that a lot of plastic ends up in landfills, though living in Boulder with its zero-waste goals and wide-ranging recycling program that includes most plastics, I wasn’t aware how much. The numbers are shocking. I did a double-take when I read that bottled water is a $15 billion industry these days, and it’s not a very environmentally friendly industry either. More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in U.S. landfills every day. They are the remains of the 1.5 million tons of plastic that goes into bottles just for water each year, and Less than 5% is recycled. Toto, we’re not in Boulder.
The new reusable American-made Hydros Bottle from a socially driven and eco-conscious company ( i.e., a Boulder-type enterprise) provides an alternative. With innovative side fill port and twist cap, Hydros helps to eliminate the temptation to buy disposable bottled. Each bottle accommodates a filter that which lasts for three months or up to 200 uses, which not only offers an average savings of $400 but also keeps 200 plastic water bottles out of US landfills. It might be akin to a pinprick on an elephant hide, but every single thing that helps reverse the trend of unconsionable waste is worthwhile.
Hydros is a do-good company too by helping to fund sustainable water projects like Gondum, Nigeria. One dollar for every bottle sold goes to global clean water initiatives, so someone in need can have clean, safe drinking water.
Hydros bottles sell for $23.99 or $29.99 (seemingly depending on color and whether it is a side-fill or top-fill design). Replacement filters are $9.95 for a single to #23.95 or $24.95 for a three pack. Buy online or in retails stores.
New (or at least new-to-me) organization based in Finland. Thank you, Facebook, for the introduction
I vowed to myself (and to you too) that I would post more frequently to this blog, and I’ve fallen behind again. I vowed to myself (but maybe not to you) that I would try to focus more of my posts to happenings in North America, even though Europe and the U.K. continue to produce more Nordic Walking news. So much for vows, at least as far as this bloe is concerned. Here goes, after another too-long lapse, with word of yet another new-to-me Nordic Walking organization that began in Europe. I found it on Facebook (where else?), and from a glance it the archive on its website, it appears to have launched in January of this year, making it the new kid on the Nordic Walking block.
I am not clear on how the World Original Nordic Walking Federation fits in with or stands out from the rest of the alphabet soup of Nordic Walking organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. I do know that it is based in Finland, and that it sells products under imprimateur of Marko Kantaneva, the Finn who now lives in Estonia and is generally acknowledged as the father of Nordic Walking. In fact, the MARKO – MARKO KANTANEVA® trademark label seems to have developed to support the federation and further research into and promotion of Nordic Walking. Or perhaps the Federation was developed to support and promote the brand. Like the chicken and egg, I don’t know which came first.
The ONWF (the initials different in other languages) website has pages dedicated its vision, its values, its “five statements” (which seem to be mission statements), the ONW Club that manages the federations education programs and an org chart. The website is extensive, as is the Facebook profile. ONWF believes there are 14 million Nordic Walkers in the world, and it aims to reach 10 percent of them within five years. Take it from there, folks.
The ONWF office adress is Ravikuja 4b A 10, 57710 Savonlinna, Finland; the E-mail addres is email@example.com, and the phone number is +358 41 707 8916.
The American Nordic Walking Association’s (ANWA) calendar is filled with workshops and seminars kicks mostly in Los Angeles, but also in Baltimore, Lake Tahoe, Colorado and elsewhere. Programs range from low-key guide training workshops to intense intructor certification seminars. Check the calendar for a full schedule and links to registration.
Malin Svensson’s package audio workouts, book, poles, pedometer & more
Malin Svensson, a certified international Nordic Walking coach, has assembled several key products into a kit called “My Nordic Walking Coach” to keep Nordic Walkers on track and their technique tuned up. She wears several hats in the Nordic Walking community, the first of which was her LA-based Nordic Walking USA. Malin’s business is no relation to this blog, except similar names and a passion for fitness walking with poles.
She teaches the International Nordic Walking Association technique — born in Europe and imported to the US — that calls for powering through each strike with a straight arm, a definite push with the pole and a slight forward lean. Deviations from the technique can diminish the maximum benefit from the workout, and Svensson’s kit is designed to help combat problems the way a coach would.
The basic standard kit ($147, above) includes her book called Nordic Walking, five CDs containing eight workouts, a pedometer, a four-week calendar and a magnet so you have no excuse not to put it on the fridge. Click here to order. The deluxe kit ($295, or $327 with three payments of $109) also includes pair fixed-length LEKI Platinum poles. Click here to order.
Catchy date for sure, but will it help Nordic Walking catch on?
10/10/10. What a numerically balanced date! I was in Jericho (the original in the Palestinian Territories, not on Long Island or elsewhere) earlier this year, and tourism officials said that they had decided that date would be ideal for promoting that ancient city’s 10,000th anniversary. I haven’t heard or read much about it since, but that date is also the lightly promoted World Nordic Walking Day, which was originally conceived of by someone to offer free introductory classes and other NW events. The date might have been selected to coincide with the International Nordic Walking Association’s 10th anniversary,or perhaps coinciding was a coincidence. Hard to tell, but in any case, I haven’t heard much about that either.
This might be akin to the the philosophical question, “If a tree falls in a forest but no one hears it, does it make a sound?” I’m no philosopher, but I’m wondering, if a “world day” or something or another is announced but hardly anyone knows about it, is it a world day? I’ve been reading yet another string of comments on the Nordic Walking eCommunity forum about the designation of this day, who might be organizing something, if so what they are organizing and who is/isn’t invited to participate.
Meanwhile, below is my sketchy information on who will be offering something on that day, including basic contact inormation — with California events dominant:
San Diego. Jeff DeMeester’s weekly Nordic Walk coincides w/ WNWD. Call 619-507-9835.
Southern California. Nordic Walk Now founder/president Suzanne Nottingham announced, “Nordic Walk Now will offer a free session, Intro To Nordic Walking, to kick off the beginning of a winter sport training education series that includes a variety of other workshops to help skiers train for their sports.” No specific time or location given, so contact her by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 760-912-4471.
Sacramento. Nordic Walk Fitness hosts a Meetup.com group called Sacramento Area Pole Walkers, which plans a free 5K walk around the UC Davis Arboretum. This is a free walk.
Australia. Not one day, but rather a Nordic Walking Week, promoted by Nordic Academy and Kinect Australia, wrapped into the monthlong ‘Walktober’ initiative with more than 500 walking events throughout the country. Click here for more Walktober info.
Great Britain. British Nordic Walking lists events here.
And that, my friends, is all I know about. Some “world” day.
Free intro classes offered in October — in Australia
The Victoria-based Nordic Academy is be on a springtime roll with a country-wide promotion to boost Nordic Walking participation. The Aussie organization’s website lists FREE “Walktober” intro classes on various dates between the 2nd and 10th of October in the Melbourne area, Whyalla and the Barossa Valley(both in South Australia) and Perth in western Australia and in Canberra on October 25. In a separate E-mail, there also seems to be National Nordic Walking Month. Whatever it’s called, it’s all good.
The Nordic Academy’s website also has a click-to “Find an Instructor” function, organized by state. I would link directly from here, but the WordPress link function seems to be a nonfunctioning function this morning. Sorry.