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Nordic Pole Walking Dates, Winter 2016-2017

victor castellanos - Monday, December 12, 2016

All start with a favourite joke my Dad use to tell and this goes back to the times of propeller transport planes. " The plane has taken off. Passengers are on their 3rd or 4th free cocktail, lounging, smoking cigarettes etc. Then the pilot comes on the cabin speaker. ' Ladies & Gentleman. Welcome aboard, sit back and relax we have great weather ahead, clear skies all around. The co-pilot & myself wish to let you know. We are completely lost!!!!! Yet we are making absolutely Fabulous time!!!!!'...."

Well that kind of summed up my last year or more. If challenges are what make us. Then I'm either going to heaven or I might win a prize for surprises or endurance or just never giving up!
What started with a simple heart surgery a year & a half ago. Has launched a domino effect on how my physical body is reacting. And thus being studied. Geeesh I cherish the medical professionals, but Holy-mack-in-Naw. When you are brave enough to ask them questions. Due to being honest how your body is responding/feeling because of symptoms. Then faith & courage must be your partner, regardless the answers that will come back to you.

All I'll say right now. Is due to the questions I've asked the 'white coats' has been truly astounding, darn near mind blowing. If I was at the race track, I would be winning all the box score bets etc. I'll not begin to touch on the emotional roller coaster. But here goes a reader's digest. Seems I'm not only unique, but there may be some medical physical evidence on why. I'm now being researched because of things they've detected in my brain. The white coats are thinking I've had one too many concussions for my young 60 years of daily gifts. Then on the up coming Valentines day I go in for gastronomic exploratory surgery. Oh my Geeeeesh who knew!!!!! There's more but I'll say this. If it wasn't for my strong belief & faith, plus a great sense of humour ( was it all the drugs I've taken LMAO over time. Gosh were the 60's, 70's 80's not great times LOL). What is a person to do? Lay down & just get dirty? Nope. I know that winning is just as simple as going for it!!!! what ever you dream or wish for can be achieved. Absolutely some days winning is just waking up seeing the morning, then saying thank you. Thank you for another shot a the title, a shot at your personal best, another shot at your gold medal day performance.

Now here's all the dates you've been waiting for:-

December

Thursdays December 15th, 22nd.

January

Thursday January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.

Tuesday January 10, 17, 24, 31

February

Tuesday February  7, 14, 21, 28,

Thursday February 9th, 16th, 23rd

Please be assured I deeply miss our NPW times. The community that we belong to & share. I surely will sing to the rafters how NPW added to my personal health profile. Motionizing/ exercising has allowed me so much in the form of physical, mental, emotional returns, based on value returned in so many parts of my being here. On being able to succeed at many shots at my personal gold medals.

On being able to share to others the benefits. For now I'm blessed at being trained in yoga for elders/arthritis, plus a love of Tai Chi. All movement is golden!!!!! adding them up often through the day. This means time elapsed, sequenced performances of moves & therefore accumulated. Simply gives each of us a shot at our own personal bests.

For proof just ask Ginger, what exercise/motion has empowered her!!!!! Wow what a mentor, partner, coach, example she showcases. I know I'm very fortunate!!!

Happy Merry Christmas, Joyous Holiday for all of you. Be safe, move safely, grow your confidence! Better is always a good option.

Cheers

Mark Richardson, 
mark@motionizefitness.ca 
416-786-6401, 
www.motionizefitness.ca

Nordic Pole Walking Dates, Fall 2016

victor castellanos - Monday, September 26, 2016

Good Morning Everyone !!!!!!,

Hey there all you wise & passionate Nordic Pole Walkers. Well the end of summer is around the corner, but another awesome season that is fall is closing in. I believe that it is fantastic, that no matter how hot it is, or how cold it may get, or how rainy it may be. We have one of Ontario's or even Canada's best indoor sports facilities at our disposal!!!!!!

Truly I'll put our groG'day All Nordic Pole Walkers, from the Oakville group & beyond!!!!

First part of news is there is a new guy in town. His name is David Zanic. I spoke at length with him regarding our up coming schedule. He seems a helpful, cool guy. So please make a point of saying hello & welcoming him to the Oakville facility team. Can stop saying how blessed we are to have access to our Amazing, to their Amazing facility. Keep spreading the word of our TuesdayThursday mornings!!!!! 

I know I keep promising to rejoin you all. I also need to reach out to say hello individually. The upside is that the 2nd heart Ablation surgery is behind me. It went a lot smoother, because I did not need to be awake for the procedure. What a relief that was!!!! Now I am just dealing with some mild complications from post op. What is really neat, what is really cool from my side of the fence. Is that my year of surgeries & health challenges has increased my empathy quotient. What I mean is this. With running my Motionize Fitness & Nordic Pole Walking business. My most powerful differentiation is the fact that I have been challenged by disease & injury all my life. Yet I can, & have always pursued a high standard of physical fitness/health. Considering the last year. I am even more confident in being able to share more deeply the power of fitness, mental plus physical!!!! Both in recovering from body issues/challenges, as well as balancing fitness/health while managing a disease. Geesh, yikes..... I never thought I'd be a role model or a mentor for others, considering a life time of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I just have always been empowered by being the healthiest, strongest I could be. So that I could/can live a full, exciting, dynamic Life. If you've got dreams/goals go for it!!!!! Age, weight or health challenges etc., can be obstacles, yes. However they are not stop signs. Just never let them blow the wind out of your sails. To me life is just way too cool of journey to hold yourself back. Make changes, wish for changes, embrace changes so you can have the best body possible. Just like NPW, it is just way to much fun. Not to participate!!!!!

Here's the dates for the 2016 Fall

First the dates not open for NPW;- Sept.7th, Oct.4thOct 6thOct.20thNov.17Nov.24th

  • Thursday September 29/16 10am-11am     
  • Thursday October 6/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday October 11/16 10am-11am - Thursday October 13/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday October 18/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday October 25/16 10am-11am - Thursday October 27/16 10am-11am

November

  • Tuesday November 1/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday November 8/16 10am-11am - Thursday November 10/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday November 15/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday November 22/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday November 29/16 10am-11am

As always fellow NPW'ers. Please keep spreading the news about the benefits of the fabulous activity we enjoy. Spread the news about our fabulous facility. Plus if anyone you know that is not on my mailing list, get them to contact me!!!! Please

Cheers for now. Be safe, move safely. " Motion is Lotion"

Mark Richardson, 
mark@motionizefitness.ca 
416-786-6401, 
www.motionizefitness.ca

Nordic Pole Walking Dates, September 2016

Mark Richardson - Thursday, September 01, 2016

Good Morning Everyone !!!!!!,

Hey there all you wise & passionate Nordic Pole Walkers. Well the end of summer is around the corner, but another awesome season that is fall is closing in. I believe that it is fantastic, that no matter how hot it is, or how cold it may get, or how rainy it may be. We have one of Ontario's or even Canada's best indoor sports facilities at our disposal!!!!!!

Truly I'll put our group's access to the Oakville Soccer facility up against any other facility, other NPW groups may have. There has always been such an open spirit within our group. The welcoming of newcomers. The collective energy/synergy the Oakville NPW group generates is so awesome. And when you combine that with the access we all share with a pioneer of Nordic Pole Walking in Canada. A true disciple of the Nordic Pole Walking creator & thus technique. How more special can you get!!!! Though I still can not be there to share. Please keep passing the gift of what NPW does,as well as the special location we have onto others. Since Ginger is one of the top NPW coaches in all of Canada, just follow her lead. The only result will be a healthier body & the best technique to achieve that goal.

While I'm at it I ask each of you to show appreciation to George, Lynn & all the crew that makes their huge facility a most special place.

Here's the dates for the Month of Sept. 2016

  • Thursday September 1/16 10am-11am        
  • Tuesday September 6/16 10am-11am - Thursday September 8/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday September 13/16 10am-11am - Thursday September 15/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday September 20/16 10am-11am - Thursday September 22/16 10am-11am
  • Tuesday September 27/16 10am-11am - Thursday September 29/16 10am-11am

I do apologize for not being there with you all. As well as leaving all the coaching fun of our growing group, up to Ginger. Gosh how I miss the fun, laughter & purpose of the cool down too!!!! On Sept. 6th I'll being having my 2nd Heart surgery for this year. If you can send a positive thought or two, my way :) on that day. It be appreciated & felt.

Cheers!!!! be safe, move safely. Motion is the best lotion.

Mark Richardson, 
mark@motionizefitness.ca 
416-786-6401, 
www.motionizefitness.ca

August dates for Oakville NPW group

Mark Richardson - Sunday, July 31, 2016

Good Morning Everyone !!!!!!,

Well all kinds of great news, on the horizon. The best news is get ready for the return of the best Nordic Pole Walking Pioneer / Instructor in the business. Ginger has nearly completed her very special grant program. The things she has seen and contributed towards have enriched not only herself. But absolutely those she has had opportunity to touch and therefore positively change. We all have missed her expertise, her addictive personality, plus the grace and momentum as she walks with Nordic Poles. If anyone wishes to improve the benefits from Nordic Pole Walking, make sure to saddle up close to Ginger.  I am most assured that her time away as given her added knowledge to the benefits of NPW. She'll help you move in great form, thus getting the maximum power and results from the Tuesday & Thursday mornings that are listed below. All times have stayed the same 10:00 am start times.

  • Tuesday August 2/16 @10am        Thursday August 4/16 @10am
  • Tuesday August 9/16 @10am        Thursday August 11/16 @10am
  • Tuesday August 16/16 @10am      Thursday August 18/16 @10am
  • Tuesday August 23/16 @10am      Thursday August 25/16 @10am
  • Tuesday August 30/16 @10am

I really believe that the Oakville Soccer Facility is a huge blessing for our group. The fact is Gordon and all his helpful/friendly staff are to be complemented. And complemented often. The consistency of dates which he provides for us is exceptional. In turn it gives all of us the ability to build consistent participation in healthy improved living through NPW. Plus the collective energy of the Oakville group is second to none. Miss you guys tons!!!!. But as Arnold said so many times in movies, " I'll Be Back".  

As always. I know new people have wished to join or have joined our special Tuesday & Thursday Nordic Pole Walking time. Pass this email on to them so I may add them to the broadcast email of times, dates, events etc.

Cheers!!!! be safe, move safely!

Cheers,

Mark Richardson, 
mark@motionizefitness.ca 
416-786-6401, 
www.motionizefitness.ca

July dates, plus a personal check up, gosh I miss Tuesdays & Thursdays

Mark Richardson - Thursday, June 30, 2016

G'day to all of you Nordic Pole Walking Champions!!!!!!! (NPWC for short) :) { please pass along any dates to newbies & friends}

Holy-mack-in-naw!!!!!! for all you hockey fans out there. So much to catch on regarding my strange journey back to to total complete fitness. It truly is 10 steps forward, then 6 steps back. But in my world for what it is. It is completely, absolutely progress. The best news is Yes, I actually walked a full mile yesterday!!!!! it was a better feeling, than having sex. Ooops well maybe not. HEhehe maybe to much FYI. Haven't done that much movement, since the first heart operation. But what it did do was show me once again. That yes I can! Though it did take the wind out of sails for a day. That is okay. Because I remember being a 9 year old & not being able to turn off a light, or walk to school, or even do one push up. All those things kept me at that time from riding my pony, named Rocky. But I made it, one small achievement at a time. Because Rocky lead me to Charlie, Charlie the horse lead me to Friday. Friday lead me to Olympic trials etc. Regarding my upcoming second heart surgery ( this one is going to be a roller-coaster ride). Half of my pre-op test are booked. The local betting pool has great odds on my actual surgery date being before my birthday in October. Personally I doubled down on the month of September. :) LoL

The very essence of saying to one's self is. If I can do one, then maybe I will do two & so on. Always growing, always developing not such the brain, but really learning how to keep the body/muscles useful & working, toned & building. Fitness is a two way street!!!! As the body grows in tone, so does the confidence. As confidence grows so does the mind & vice sersa. Motion is for sure the Best Lotion!!!!!!!!!! It also happens to be the very best Prescription.

With that in mind is the upcoming dates for the July 2016. I do know summer is here & the hottest days are coming. Plus there is all kinds of trips, family, leisure etc planned. I pass on the hope that you all are making NPW part of you lifestyle. Doing the right thing by networking the benefits, showcasing the benefits by NPW'g daily, by being a full walker by being part of the cool down sessions. And of course buying Dr. Klaus Schwanbeck's book. " The Ultimate Nordic Pole Walking Book". ISBN # 978-1-78255-043-3. It really is gifted educational read.

Here's your Dates:

  • Tuesday July 5 /16 @ 10am Thursday July 7/16 @ 10am
  • Tuesday July 12/16 @ 10am Thursday July 14/16 @ 10am
  • Tuesday July 19/16 @ 10am Thursday July 21/16 @10am
  • Tuesday July 26/16 @ 10am Thursday July 238/16 @10am

There it is everyone, another full complete month. Four full weeks of access, from Gordon & Lynne and there awesome staff. Please give them your thanks, plus support. While doing what's great for yourself's. Thanks Alice, Big time for stepping up & filling the shoes of Ginger & me. Missing you guys, just aren't the right words.

Cheers,

Mark Richardson, 
mark@motionizefitness.ca 
416-786-6401, 
www.motionizefitness.ca

Nordic Pole Walking Dates, June 2016

Mark Richardson - Monday, May 30, 2016

Hey everyone her is the dates for June NPW'g at the Oakville Soccer Facility.

The news I have heard is that there is lots of new faces. New Nordic Pole Walking participants finding out the bounty of reasons, why NPW is the best total body/mind experience out there. If any one questions the fun & social aspects regarding NPW? Just refer back to the Sheridan College study. For some of us it seems not that long ago when we were a small group, introducing ourselves as we volunteered for the College paper. Yet now the Oakville group has grown & uses one the county's top facilities for staying toned & active. I can't wait to rejoin you guys on our Tuesday & Thursday mornings.

Alas that may be sometime from now. I'll be needing another heart surgery, plus the "white coats" feel I am certainly a candidate for having Addison's Disease. Geeeesh go figure!!!!! That treatments I was given as a child, teenager & young adult would show up now as a problem. Not to worry!!!! Just added a new treadmill to the home gym. So I can train better in home for the operation, & give more cross training once I start taking clients again. Then training even more consistently after surgery. I do have or have set some lofty personal health goals for myself. Maybe I'll share my action plan more fully later on. This has been some crazy journey the last year. I am looking forward to seeing the view from the other side of this little detour. Plus rejoining all of you. There will be lots to catch up on & laugh about. :)

Here's your Dates:

  • Tuesday May 31/16 @ 10am Thursday June 2/16 @ 10am
  • Tuesday June 7/16 @ 10am Thursday June 9/16 @ 10am
  • Tuesday June 14/16 @ 10am Thursday June 16/16 @10am
  • Tuesday June 21/16 @ 10am Thursday June 23/16 @10am
  • Tuesday June 28/16 @ 10am Thursday June 30/16 @10am

Can everyone make sure to say thanks to Gordon, Lynn & Trudy, for giving us a complete month or access. Thanks

Cheers, be safe to all.

Mark Richardson,
mark@motionizefitness.ca
416-786-6401,
www.motionizefitness.ca

Nordic Pole Walking Dates, May 2016

Mark Richardson - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oh My Gosh, it has been way to long to see all of you!!!!

Yup if you guessed it. I am still on injury reserve. I'm now back on my full heart medications. Due to not the best results from my Ablation surgery. My next move is to actualize a second opinion, based on current results. The biggest take away is just how fast, lingering and counter productive atrophy is. You see without being able to maintain my level of cardio and muscular fitness. Other physical ailments went from manageable to horrific. The good news is after restarting my Meds. I am now being able to slowly begin rebuilding my cardio performance, as well as my over all muscle tone/development. Patience, consistent execution is the call for each day.

A perfect example was that for the longest time, since I last saw you. I could not even walk about the tiny village in Etobicoke that I live. It is  sad moment when a guy can not walk the 110 yards to his corner pub. Well yesterday I made it there and back. LoL :) yeah !!!! The listen for me as always. When Mind and body working together in focus. They may take you to any increased level of fitness you wish to achieve. 

I've been asked to document/journal my latest comeback on the website & social media. Still thinking of that one? 

In the mean time, here is the dates for May. There is two dates unavailable May 5th & May 19th.

NPW Calendar for May:

  • Tuesday May 3, 10am-11am                     
  • Thursday May 5, No NPW
  • Tuesday May 10,  Thursday May 12,  10am-11am
  • Tuesday May 17,  10am-11am
  • Thursday May 19, No NPW
  • Tuesday May 24, Thursday May 26,  10am-11am
  • Tuesday May 31,  10am-11am 

Cheers,

​Mark Richardson 416-786-6401

mark@motionizefitness.ca

www.motionizefitness.ca

Nordic Pole Walking Dates, April 2016

Mark Richardson - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

 ​Hey All you Nordic Pole Walkers ​!!!!!​   :)​

Yup, I'm still saying thanks each morning. I am modeling just how important, steady recovery needs to be planned & executed. Just being okay with having to be patient, lowering risks, ​stretching/Motionizing when I can. ​P​lus the occasional Grumpy day.

Geeez or yikes lmao!!! For any NHL fans, I certainly feel like Carey Price. Originally a planned 2-3 weeks rehab, reconditioning?​ Then bam, Price has been out for the season. Now that is not my situation.

Just missing each of you ​Nordic Pole Walkers​ very much. Each day we walk together, it's an hour of Fun, Motion, Sharing & Connecting!!! Cheers, be safe & growing in health.

Now here's the dates for the coming month. Note the dates that are closed to our morning Tuesday & Thursdaygroup.  Thursday April 14th, Thursday April 28th.

Dates that are open for NPW:

  • ​Tuesday April 5, 10am-11am, Thursday April 7, 10am-11am
  • Tuesday April 12, 10am-11am, No NPW
  • Tuesday April 19, 10am-11am, Thursday April 21, 10am-11am
  • Tuesday April 26, 10am, No NPW​

​Mark Richardson 416-786-6401

mark@motionizefitness.ca

www.motionizefitness.ca

Nordic Pole Walking Dates -October 2015

Mark Richardson - Monday, September 28, 2015

Hey there everyone,

Here's the future Nordic Pole Walking (NPW) Oakville update. Both Ginger & I are so excited how the group is growing.How each of you are capturing the joys & benefits of Nordic Pole Walking. The positives are both so much individual, as well as social.

Did you know we are quickly coming up to our first year anniversary? Our anniversary of being blessed & gifted by sharing the wonderful Oakville Soccer facility!!!! The organization, the staff are so glad to have us, so accommodating. It truly is an exciting time for our group. Especially knowing that we can look forward to another winter, of protected walking. If you can say thanks, to any of the fabulous staff. It would be appreciated.

Here's the dates for October 2015. I have already confirmed all dates up to Christmas. We do remain at the usual times every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am - 11am.

Here's the dates:

October 2015, for the Oakville NPW group 10am - 11am.

  • Thursday October 1st, 2015 - outside
  • Tuesday October 6th, 2015 - outside
  • Thursday October 8th, 2015 - outside
  • Tuesday October 13th, 2015
  • Thursday October 15th, 2015
  • Tuesday October 20th, 2015
  • Thursday October 22th, 2015
  • Tuesday October 27th, 2015
  • Thursday October 29th, 2015

September 2015, for the Oakville NPW group 10am - 11am.

  • Tuesday September 27, 2015 - outside

Keep well everyone. Keep Nordic Pole Walking (NPW'g). Be safe & see you next time at our next Oakville session. Please pass this email information to anyone that I have maybe missed. Or someone you know that may enjoy the benefits, that you are receiving.

Cheers, be safe.


Mark Richardson, mark@motionizefitness.ca 416-786-6401

 

Gardening for Boomers and Beyond

Mark Richardson - Friday, July 31, 2015

Gardening for Boomers and Beyond

I’ve often been asked about gardening. You see, it is not an exercise but an activity. Even though it is an activity, it certainly needs the attention, thoughtfulness of an exercise program. Although there are precise definitions of what exercise/Motionize is, there are precise definitions of what a health sport is as set out by the W.H.O. (World Health Organization). I have never come across pure definitions of what an “activity” is. Yes, there are huge lists of activities and yes, most assuredly Boomers, Seniors and others need more activity in their day-to-day lives. The simplest concept is a more toned/fit body that can endure more activity for long periods of time without feeling uncomfortable after-effects, thus less recoup/rehab time.

This entry of seven or so points, is meant to help your body, enjoy gardening time with less recoup/rehab time or soreness afterwards.

When Boomers, Seniors etc. go out to garden, they exude joy, fun and ‘presence’. They decide that today is the day. All the supplies are gathered and boom...they’re ‘at the post’ and ‘off to the races’. Whatever the garden needs, ‘they are up to the task’. Yet when all is said and done have you (or have you seen people who) need a day or 2, or even more, to recover? It could be due to a neck, back, knee or hand soreness, discomfort or even pain?

Think about this...what do the fit, all the way up to athletes do?

They train or Motionize daily! They do this, yes, for competition but also so their bodies perform better doing basic daily activities. Gardeners should truly cultivate this same thinking. Build up to the day of gardening by doing Motionize Routines throughout the week.

On a personal note: I train the hardest and the most using Motionize Routines from May until November. I do this so that when winter arrives, I am at the peak of my fitness level. Why do I do this? In order to have more energy, more strength to endure and recoup from whatever the winter season may offer!

The following are some actions/Motionize steps so you can garden all summer long. This will also reduce the likelihood of suffering discomfort and/or the length of time you experience discomfort after your gardening time.

  1. Take a long warm-to-hot shower or bath just prior to beginning gardening. It will warm and relax muscles in preparation for your outdoor duties/activities.
  2. Take a 5-minute walk or jog or better yet, take a Nordic Pole Walk. By doing this, it allows the heart to be primed, and loosens up the joints and muscles.
  3. Squats! Yup squats, especially squats properly performed that build up the body’s biggest muscle group (Quads). A muscle group that applies throughout all day-to-day motions. This is a movement that should be done throughout the week. Ask your Body Consultant/Arthritis Coach/Trainer for proper form, execution techniques...and absolutely do a couple of sets prior to gardening.
  4. Another movement that transitions throughout day-to-day life and should be done during the week is the Bicep Curl (upper arm). In gardening it is one of the most worked muscles.
    Please note: The less weight held in hand, the more reps (execution of movement) you should be able to do. Basically, the more reps equal muscle toning. The more weight and less reps equals more muscle building. Yes, there is so much more information and detail to this statement, so you should consult your Body Consultant/Arthritis Coach/Trainer for proper form, execution techniques.
    As recommended by the W.H.O. and many other Health Bodies in numerous countries, please perform 20+ minutes of cardio and muscle training 3 times per week. Always seek medical approval prior to starting any new fitness routines.
  5. Now this one blows my mind regarding the general public and the focal group of my target market (Baby Boomers and Seniors).
    As an Arthritis Trainer/Arthritis Fitness Coach, I am dumbfounded at the vast numbers of the Boomer/Seniors group who cannot stretch and do not participate in daily stretching.
    Stretching is a gift of the body; stretching or the ability to stretch is a protector of the body. Stretching is a number one daily recommended activity for the duration of life. It is very simply -- a health contributor!
    When focusing on gardening tasks, my recommendation is to perform both warming stretches prior to beginning gardening and cool down after gardening (perhaps a lukewarm bath and don’t forget the ice packs).
    Muscle regions that get used often while gardening are the quadricep (thigh) and Bicep (upper arm) muscles. The Biceps are used for lifting, digging, weeding, etc. The Quads (arguably) are the most important muscle of the body, because they are used for stability, propulsion, squatting, returning to a standing/sitting position. For me, a well-performed quadricep stretch is key to healthy physical gardening.
  6. For warming up areas such as core muscles, back, chest, Triceps (back of the upper arm) my personal favourite is the push-up. Don’t fear getting down on the floor, because push-ups can be done against a wall, at the kitchen counter top, etc. As all Motionize movements, form is so much more important than numbers. But make sure, for this daily move, you seek approval, counsel and instruction.
  7. Our bodies are all perfectly designed and simple to understand. A prime example is the law of opposition. The law of opposition is simple. When one group of muscles contracts, another opposing group must stretch.
    As in point #5, where I spoke of the Quad stretches, we should also focus on the Hamstring (back of the thigh) muscles. Basically the Quads are the large muscles in front of the legs between the knees and the hips, while the Hamstrings are in the backs of the legs between the knees and the Glutes (bum muscles). Be mindful when stretching these muscle groups, have a ‘spotter’ with you and seek counsel so that form and range of motion is performed properly.

The body can be moved and worked in so many different ways with all moves developing Endurance, Strength and Flexibility. This is what Motionize Fitness is all about. With Endurance, Strength and Flexibility, each person who strives for those 3 things finds all aspects of life positively affected. A toned and fit body is a body that has Endurance, Strength and Flexibility. That said, such a body does enjoy gardening to its absolute fullest, with the least amount of downside effects.

Before doing any ‘elevated’ activity/exercise, defined by the World Health Organization standards, please consult your medical practitioner. Then seek proper physical coaching such as an Arthritis Trainer/Coach. Ask me about Motionize Fitness and/or Nordic Pole Walking.