GREAT WALKING IN GREAT PLACES WITH GREAT PEOPLE AWAITS….
Do you like goal setting? Does it help motivate you? For most of us I expect it’s a matter of balance. We don’t want to be ruled by ‘achievement targets’ but having a goal every so often is very helpful. This is particularly the case for fitness. In fact, I would say that we all have fitness goals, from simply trying to stay generally active to something more tangible, like training for an event.
THE BENEFITS OF SETTING YOURSELF FITNESS GOALS
Fitness goals are very satisfying targets to set and meet. Not only do we know the theoretical benefits of getting fitter but we see tangible results in increased energy, fewer colds, and for us Nordic walkers – toned arms and a trim waist! Goals don’t have to be big – just something by which you can measure your progress and give yourself that metaphorical pat on the back.
THE LITTLE THINGS ARE THE BIG THINGS…
- Moving from walking at the back of the group to being in the middle (or even at the front!).
- Progressing from Gears 1 and 2 to Gears 3 and 4 for longer periods
- Clocking how puffed you feel on a particular hill and assessing your fitness progress every time you go up that hill.
- Doing a particular stretch during a walk without getting puffed
- More recently, booking two classes back to back or joining more than one walk in a day (record is THREE!)
- Signing up for one of the Nordic walking challenge events – e.g February Marriott’s Way Half Marathon
- Realising that ache/pain that used to niggle is a thing of the past
- Progressing from 2 or 3 mile walks to those which are 6 plus miles
- Wanting the walk to be longer as the time has flown past
As a club, I would say that one of the most enjoyable challenges we set ourselves last year was entering the North Norfolk Coastal Half Marathon. Looking ahead into 2019, it would be great to also enter some other events – coming up next month is the Marriott’s Way Half Marathon organised by Positive Steps Events (15 of us have places) and for anyone brave enough, a 26 miler.
REAP THE REWARDS EVERY TIME YOU WALK…
It is immensely rewarding and great fun to participate in challenges which can help you measure your progress (if you want) and see how your fitness has improved through Nordic walking. Just by walking together, we motivate each other and regular walkers notice how much fitter they feel from walking with the poles. So whatever your goal – as long as you are Nordic walking – you certainly will be moving forward through 2019 feeling stronger, building stamina and getting fitter.
Reflections on 2018. https://norfolknordicwalking.co.uk/norfolk-nordic-walking-looks-back-at-2018/
THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE from 14th January 2019
Book all courses / walks at www.norfolknordicwalking.co.uk/activities
9.30am Kick Start Monday! Whitlingham Country Park – FAST WORKOUT WALK – Be prepared to sweat…
10.30am Well Being at Whitlingham Walk
11.30am Learn to NW Course at Whitlingham – Session 1
5.15pm Monday Motivator @ Broadland Business Park – Expect some double poling, hills and flashing lights!
6pm Step up a Gear Nordic Night Walk – Add in revs or simply unwind after a busy day – choice is yours! Head torches ON…
10am Mid-week tonic at Blickling Hall 3.5 miler. Simply enjoy sociable Nordic walking in a stunning location – you never know what you will find! We also love Muddy Boots Cafe at the end of this walk!
5.15pm Broadland Energiser @ Broadland Business Park – This after-dark workout walk will incorporate static exercises, hill work and strengthening/conditioning drills. The hour FLIES past!! Go at your own pace but prepare to push yourself!
NO CATTON PARK WELL-BEING THIS WEEK – BACK NEXT WEEK!
1.30pm Stepping Up (hills) & Back Caistor St Edmund / High Ash Farm – Sociable Nordic walking in a stunning location with hills for added exertion. Always different routes each week. TURNS YOUR WALK INTO A WORKOUT!
9.30am Learn to NW Course at Eaton Park – Session 1
11am Friday Circulars from Eaton to Earlham – Varied routes through the UEA at your own pace but with optional exertion to push yourself that little bit extra… EATON PARK CAFE beckons at the end…
10am Eaton to Earlham Loop (see website for details)
10am ONCE A MONTH 2 hour Intensive Learn to Nordic Walk course Whitlingham Country Park
“If you want to go fast, go alone,
If you want to go far, go together”