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The question : What is a walking route planner, can be defined differently by many authorities. However, most folks that are wanting a route planner are just regular people that want to walk in safety, in beautiful surroundings, with friends, with their dog(s) or for a vigorous workout. Some even accept the challenge of walking across the entire country!
Much depends on what you, as an individual, want as an end result.
On the other hand, planning an “attack” on our health is also another type or form of a plan, wanting to be in the very best condition physically that we can be.
Where Do We Start?
Overcoming bad habits can be a real challenge. Have you read about or even heard about the 30-30-30 attack method of overcoming bad habits and replacing them with good habits?
In this instance, we want the good habit of a regular walking routine.
The 30-30-30 challenge works like this…For a period of 30 days, we will take the time EACH DAY to read or listen to an audio recording of something positive. It will be for a period of 30 minutes EACH DAY. If we miss a day, then we start the 30 days over again. So it is beneficial for us when we start that we do not miss a single day.
Since we want to be fit physically, then we read or listen to something that is health related. Perhaps how to create good meals, proper warm up techniques, benefits of proper exercise for our age, physical condition or rehabilitation.
(Reading or listening to things of this nature will train us for having the proper mental attitude for exercise.)
We have to be the judge of what we can and can not do.
But why 30 days? It’s known that to make or break a bad habit and create a good habit, it takes 30 to 45 days of doing that same thing over and over again. Our brain and body begins to form “muscle memories” for that activity.
In this case, we want to begin a walking routine route planner. We begin with a place in our local area that meets all of the safety and physical requirements that we want. Once that is satisfied, then we begin.
Will it be indoors or outdoors? Know what you are after.
Often times this highly successful type of “attitude attack” is applied to many areas in life. In this case, we want to apply it to our getting into a good physically fit routine, thereby, creating a good habit. Having the desire to be fit is one thing, actually following through with it is where many fail.
Beautiful Scenery Is Desired
If we choose a walking route that encompasses scenery that is not only enjoyable to see and be in, but also safe to travel, then why not take advantage of it? Do not ever underestimate the motivating factor of a beautiful route.
It’s true about things that we enjoy, we usually repeat them, over and over. That can be true also of our route that we have chosen.
Year round scenery changes
Too, as the year changes, so do our surroundings. We take note of these gradual changes and want to keep coming back. Just being out of doors in itself, compliments us and has positive effects on our health and mental well being.
Parks, open spaces, woodland trails, along rivers or lakes, canals or even near or on the beach are areas for consideration. In the city, well lit streets for winter walking, tree lined or flower patches for spring or summer walking. Perhaps we’ll choose to take advantage of so-called bike paths. They are usually safe and well traveled.
Need light rain gear? How about a broad brimmed hat for the sun?
Regardless of where you choose to walk, be sure and take along with you, plenty of water and perhaps a type of energy snack for just-in-case.
Nordic pole walkers can go everywhere
As we walk, often times we are so “into it” that we forget about things that could possibly happen to us. For instance. Be sure that we avoid high crime areas. Watch out for congested areas whether it be people, animals, or traffic. Remember too, that there are others that take advantage of walking areas.
They may not be walking though. Perhaps bicycle riders, skate boarders, roller-blades and many similar activities can be around us. Just use common sense when making our choice of walking areas and times of day.
Some even choose to carry, not only water and a snack, but also a whistle to sound alarm if need be. Others choose to carry an easy to reach can of hot pepper/mace type of personal protection.
If you anticipate animals, such as dogs, or even wildlife animals of any sort, bear spray is one of the absolute best types of defense. It has a spray of some 20 to 30 feet and can also deter people that may do harm to us.
What Are We Desiring?
Overall fitness is something that all of us desire. Some begin with the gym. Others want to stay at home for a home-style workout. And even more want to be with others that have similar goals and form a support group. Whichever you choose, just do it on a regular basis using the 30-30-30 method to get started with.
If you’ve been keeping up with my blogs, you will note how beneficial walking is. This can be especially true when using the Nordic walking poles (sticks as some call them) to get an overall body workout.
These workouts can be tremendously beneficial. They can also be of great variety. Intensity can be a factor also. A slow casual walk, or perhaps a sightseeing type walk, to an intermediate type of walk or for those that really want to benefit quickly, a fast paced, heart pounding walk that works some 90% of our entire body muscles.
Entire Body Fitness Is Desired
Using the Nordic walking poles can be a challenge. Getting our walking coordination to be in sync with using poles is not difficult. We are really working with gravity and resistance in complementing our body muscles. Nordic walking poles will help to redistribute our body weight and effort. This is especially true with our lower body.
On the other hand, our core or upper body also gets into this workout. It helps each of us to walk tall with a much improved posture.
A healthy heart and increased cardiorespiratory activities are highly desired. This can be met by almost anyone at any fitness level. As we apply the 30-30-30 routine in our lives, we will actually miss it when we are not able to get to our routine.
It’s quite addictive
If we choose to walk, then it should be on a daily basis. If not, then a minimum amount of regular walking would be 3 or 4 times per week. It should be 30 minutes each time. But if we are unable to do that all at once, then quick bouts of 3 or 4 minutes throughout the day that add up to a total of 30 minutes per day would also be acceptable.
Expect Year round enjoyment when using Nordic walking poles
Weight Loss Benefits Of A Route Planner
Have you decided where you will be walking? Rough terrain? City streets? Through the neighborhood? In a gym on a flat surface?
The terrain we choose to walk on can directly affect our loss of weight. The more we exert ourselves, the more calories we will burn, even when at rest.
Using Nordic poles will burn more calories than traditional walking. But keep in mind that until you reach the fat-burning-heart-rate, we may not be seeing many changes in ourselves.
As soon as we reach that level, that is, the fat-burning-heart-rate, we will begin to see the fat seemingly “melting off” our body!
Walking with poles on our own walking route planner will take some finesse and skill. Don’t get discouraged when you begin.
Use your imagination
Posture, Joints, Bone Density Add Up To Less Stress
As we walk with poles, we note that there is a slight rotation movement going on in our back. This is beneficial. Using upper and lower back muscles will automatically improve our posture.
With better posture, we begin to feel, act, and notice “better coordination” in all activities of life. Plus, by having more cardiovascular activities, we have increased our endurance level. Those activities that used to wear us out no longer do so.
Walking poles will help redistribute the effort that it takes to walk. This is especially beneficial for those that are recovering from surgery, injury, a birth defect or just getting started with a physical exercise routine.
By allowing the Nordic walking poles to take some of the strain, it allows our knees, back, and other joints to not be so stressed as we walk.
This is especially noted when we walk either up or down hills.
Bone density will increase. Bone density is desired.
The more we use our body, bone will increase to make up for the effort we are putting it through. Baseball pitchers and tennis players have been known to have somewhere as much as 4 times the bone density in the arm used most when compared to the arm used less frequently.
Since we want overall bone density, the use of walking poles meet that requirement, forcing us to use all our bones and body muscles.
Don’t Get Stressed
Have you ever heard of “runner’s high?”
Anticipating the “walker’s high”
It is the point that all runners are trying to attain. It is when your body releases endorphins which in turn, gives each runner a sense of being “high” along with an overall sense of well being. It is a desirous thing.
Many who take up the Nordic walking routine, soon experience this. They also experience less stress, not only to their joints, but in their mental outlook as well.
In addition to this is the ability for better pain management, along with endurance and greater muscle gain.
Since a much improved body efficiency in using oxygen as we get into a walking routine has been noted, we find that we become more aware of our surroundings. Not only that, but we increasingly become aware of our finely tuned “engine” (a.k.a. our body) and it’s workings.
We take note of our heartbeat, our breathing, walking pace, how our feet touch the ground, we even “feel” the earth under our feet, the rhythm of our poles, our coordinated walking stride, and how our body is responding to this newly acquired skill along with how our muscles are being strengthened with every stride.
With all of the above working together in harmony, we soon realize that our being stressed-out by everyday issues and/or problems seem to be not so overwhelming after all. In fact, we even find that remedies for issues or problems, readily come to us as we walk.
Walking Route Planner
So you can see that a walking route planner can mean all sorts of things to all sorts of different folks. Did you see where you fit in?
Tools of the Trade
Why not consider using your newly developed walking skills with a set of Nordic walking poles? After all, the purchase of these poles is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. They can be taken with you wherever you go.
But which pole should you purchase? How can I know which is right for me?
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