07 Jan 15

Nordic Walking Newsletter - Self Supporting Behaviour

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Happy New Year

2015 Theme - "Self-Supporting Behaviour"

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This is the time of the year for renewal, reflection and often regret!  The years fly past and before we know it, regret's emerge because we 'didn't get a chance' to do those things we wanted to, or more importantly, needed to.  Our habits define us.  I have often talked about the effort required for change, as  "habits need to be coaxed downstairs, one step at a time!"

I have taken to talking to myself (yes ... at times I even get an answer!) asking, "is what I am doing self-supporting behaviour?". There is only one person you can influence 100% of the time.  That person is you. I have found this phrase to be a great help to motivation. I love it!

As always, your health and fitness is important. Some of you may decide to tackle some of the events that are listed below.  Apart from the participation and achievment, it is the training you did to get there, that counts.  This is an example of self-supporting behaviour.

Have a great year everyone.  I'll see you on the path!


Nordic Walking Friendly Events

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Come and join our Nordic Walking team and challenge yourself to one of these events.

  • Stirling Sports 11km or half marathon
  • Sunday 15 February
  • Bombay Pioneer Settlers 5, 10, 15 km
  • Saturday 14 March
  • Rotorua quarter, half or full marathon
  • Saturday 2 May

For further details please check www.nordicwalking.net.nz

Foot Care Tip

It is during the humid weather that our feet often suffer from blisters. This is due to the fact that the skin remains moist and becomes softer.  Fungal infections also prosper in these conditions.

I have found the following tip very helpful to reduce blisters and keeps the feet and nails in good shape:

  • Turn your socks inside out
  • Place in a plastic bag
  • Shake 'Mycota' powder or 'Gran's Remedy' into the bag
  • Close the bag and shake vigorously
  • Open bag, take out socks and turn back to the correct side
  • The inside of the socks are now nicely covered with powder.  They feel great when you put them on!


Benefits of Nordic Walking

There is now an established body of research articles which gives evidenced-based support of the many benefits of Nordic Walking.  For example:

"Nordic Walking, results in a significant increase in oxygen use and caloric expenditure compared to regular walking, without significantly increasing perceived exertion".

Church, T. S., Earnest, C. P., & Morss, G. M. (2002). Field testing of physiological responses associated with Nordic Walking. Research quarterly for exercise and sport73(3), 296-300.

Many medical conditions have also been researched, with great results.  You can check out some of these articles at the following link. They are worthwhile reading. http://inwa-nordicwalking.com/research/

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Winner of Community Excellence Award

The NZ Fitness Industry recently acknowledged the health and fitness initiatives that Nordic Kiwi have established over the past 9 years.  The following citation accompanied the judges decision:

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"Since Nordic Walking’s introduction in 2005, June Stevenson has been a leading, passionate pioneer of this unique exercise.  Through teaching and encouragement, within the Auckland Community, June has fostered opportunities for people to start and continue with this activity, as a way of implementing changes in their lives. 

The most significant initiative has been the establishment of Nordic Walking groups throughout the region.  To establish groups and provide training, June has travelled throughout Auckland, increasing individuals’ accessibility within their ‘local’ community. This has encouraged exercise participation and adherence, especially amongst people who would not normally exercise regularly.  Many of these people are older women; some having significant health issues that has benefited from Nordic Walking.  Included are special health groups such Parkinson’s, Neurological and Green Prescription.  This group dynamic encourages regular exercise, normally inaccessible to them. It provides a safe environment, increased exercise adherence and social-bonding.

Significant about June’s initiatives is her time spent establishing the ‘local’ group, empowering members to take responsibility for managing their Nordic Walking group, planning routes, social activities, events, welcoming new members and visiting other groups.

Furthermore, June has encouraged and coached many Nordic Walkers to take on endurance training for marathons and ultra-distance events.  Many who would have never considered participating. Their success has increased belief in their capabilities to achieve, leading to ongoing self-efficacy to continue with training.

In 2013, the “Nordic Kiwis” half-marathoners raised over $10,000.00 for the NZ Cancer Society".

Newsletter Archives

16 Nov 21: Lockdown Lethargy
13 May 20: Exercise as Medicine
01 May 20: "In Your Bubble" Challenge
14 Apr 20: C-19 Lock-down Health and Fitness
23 Jan 19: The Smarter Way to Exercise
26 Oct 16: "The Whole Body Walks"
13 Jun 16: The Third Age
11 Feb 16: Summer/Autumn Events 2016
11 Feb 16: Summer/Autumn Events 2016
20 Dec 15: Christmas Edition
22 Jul 15: Every Mile is Two in Winter
07 Jan 15: Nordic Walking Newsletter - Self Supporting Behaviour
09 May 14: Nordic Walking Day Topics - Weight, Weather & Walking
24 Apr 14: Weight Control & Nordic Walking
26 Mar 14: Newsletter - Autumn 2014
10 Feb 14: Nordic Walking Newsletter - Welcome to 2014
17 Dec 13: Nordic Walking Newsletter - 7 Christmas 2013
08 Nov 13: Nordic Walking Newsletter - Summer 2013
19 Aug 13: Nordic Walking Newsletter - Spring 2013
06 Jun 13: Nordic Walking Newsletter - Winter 2013
10 May 13: World Nordic Walking Day 2013 Newsletter
28 Mar 13: Nordic Walking Newsletter - Autumn 2013
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