This uplifting post was contributed by Charlotte:
Living in Kansas, but a native (and citizen) of Sweden, I miss the woodsy air and sea breeze. I have, however, found a different kind of charm on the plains. I’ve always been active, grew up with cross country skiing and orienteering.
As I turned 46 earlier this April I decided to get myself poles and start a new trend in my home town – Nordic Walking.
I told my parents, who still live in Sweden, and they only encouraged me. Both of them have poles and love Nordic Walking around the island, where they live.
I love the workout from a Nordic Walk, the way my body gets coordinated and my steps lenghten. O.K. so I listen to Swedish music with Swedish lyrics while I draw all kinds of attention and get the extra energy burnt. I’ve already discovered what a great activity Nordic Walking is, and thanks to Marek, I have a great pair of poles.
My brother recently completed the 90 km cross country ski race Vasaloppet in Sweden, and he is ready for his first Stockholm Marathon in June. I will get back out Nordic Walking again tomorrow morning and even if I’m not reaching for the stars, I’ll try to reach the Nordic Pole.