The difference is that, unlike Nordic skiing which is seasonal and can take years to master, if you can walk you can learn to Nordic walking in minutes -- and people of any age or ability can enjoy the benefits right in their own neighborhood or anywhere they would otherwise just walk -- in any season.
Madison, WI (Vocus) December 17, 2008
According to fitness authority and innovator Tom Rutlin, there are four very important things you’ll need do to maximize your chances of getting into an exercise program you’ll both enjoy and sustain throughout the New Year...
1. Do it in the morning!
Research has shown that those who exercise first thing in the morning rather than in the evenings or at random times during the day are far more likely to make a long-sustained habit of exercising. In the evenings there are always errands, meals to prepare, kids to ferry about and other routine killers – not to mention the fact that most people just feel totally spent at the end of a day. It may at first be hard for you to rise and shine early enough to get in your exercise for the day, but once you feel how effectively the right kind of exercise can jump start your day (as well as actually leaving you with more energy all day long) it gets a whole lot easier.
2. Start from home.
The number one reason people give for not exercising regularly is “I just don’t have enough time”. Well, if you can only find 30-45 minutes to exercise, why even think of spending most of your valuable time driving to and from the gym or a class. People who get up, get dressed and walk out their door to begin a walking or jogging exercise regimen are among the most successful in sustaining an exercise resolution for the long term.
3. Find an “exercise partner”.
When people who make a pact to exercise together regularly they are far more successful in sustaining any exercise program. Either spouses, neighbors or nearby friends can make for great exercise partners. If spouses are willing to make a joint commitment to exercise, the earliest riser can sound the reveille. Another benefit…your morning exercise sessions will very likely turn out to be some of the best quality time you spend together each day. A commitment to exercise with your spouse or to meet a friend for an early morning exercise session often motivates you to do something you’re just not as likely to do for yourself. If you can’t recruit your spouse, a neighbor or nearly friend is your next best bet. As long your exercise partner lives somewhere nearby, you can even make plans to meet half way each morning.
4. (And perhaps most importantly) Find an exercise regimen you can actually enjoy and one that produces motivating results! If you don’t find a form of exercise that you can both enjoy and from which you’ll get noticeable, motivating results, your chances of making it a long term habit are slim to none. For most people walking falls into the category of enjoyable, but often comes up short when it comes to delivering motivating results. Running or jogging may be more proven results producers, but for every one person who turns running into a routine, many more quit long before it either becomes a habit, or produces the desired results -- simply because they just don’t find it enjoyable.
Rutlin, once an avid runner and cross-country skier, pioneered and champions a total body exercise form that he says has already taken Europe by storm primarily because of just how enjoyable and results-producing it is. It’s a hybrid combination of walking and cross-country (or “Nordic”) skiing called “Nordic walking”. A walker uses specially designed poles to combine the safety, simplicity and enjoyment of walking with motivating total body aerobic and muscle fitness building results that go well beyond jogging, and in fact are comparable to those of what many experts have called the best single exercise form -- “Nordic” skiing.
According to Rutlin, “The difference is that, unlike Nordic skiing which is seasonal and can take years to master, if you can walk you can learn to Nordic walking in minutes -- and people of any age or ability can enjoy the benefits right in their own neighborhood or anywhere they would otherwise just walk -- in any season.”
Rutlin and his wife have been following all four of his secrets to exercise success prescription for more than 20 years by rising early 5-7 mornings a week, walking out their door and enjoying both the quality time and his original "Exerstride method" Nordic walking right in their neighborhood. Both look years younger than their age (Rutlin is 61 -- his wife’s not saying), yet they say the fact that they and others of all ages and abilities thoroughly enjoy every minute of this simple exercise is really what’s made it easy for them and so many others to make good on New Year’s resolutions by getting quickly hooked on this good use total body exercise.
To learn more about this fun, results producing total body walking exercise, get other tips on what Rutlin calls “good use total body exercise” and see if you want to make it part of your own four point secrets to success exercise regimen, go to http://www.walkingpoles.com.