Today (7 July 2014) I introduced an old friend to Nordic walking. He’s not that old — what I mean is that I’ve known him for a long time, over 30 years; we worked at summer camp together.
Before I go any further — yes, I badly need a haircut but haven’t been able to get one just yet as we’ve had so many visitors passing through, and I had to fit in a bunch of dental surgery appointments that took priority on any spare time. And, the pictures are mostly gloomy because Toronto is experiencing the side tangent or whatever you call it of Hurricane Arthur that is passing through Atlantic Canada.
Anyway, he’s a teacher in his mid 40s, and interested in exploring affordable, sustainable, accessible, easy to do exercise in order to burn off some calories and improve health, so he actually was eager to be taken out on a trial run — or walk I guess, is more accurate!
His wife Ginny Ward, who’s from Uruguay, gamely agreed to join us! (She specializes in crafty, hand-made clothing so if you’re interested, look her up: Ginny Ward.)
We ended up doing a 50 minute walk.
Everything is looking very lush along the boardwalk.
About 30 minutes into the walk, Ginny gave up using the poles and just carried them, as she said that her upper body and arms were still store from canoeing the day before and she found the Nordic walking was giving them another real workout.
We got caught in a brief but intense downpour — we just sheltered under a cluster of pine trees, as there was no lightning or thunder.
We started out on the paved trial, but when I got them to try the boardwalk, they decided they preferred doing Nordic walking on the boardwalk instead (see my earlier writeup on the pros and cons of paved vs board surface for Nordic walking.)
And the sun did finally come out — for a bit anyway.
Anyway there you have it — another fun afternoon socializing over Nordic walking, and another few people amazed at just what a great but easy workout it really is! I think his primary interest in the sport is health, but I’ll have to ask him if he thought it was “fun” or “enjoyable” otherwise.