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Change in walk goals

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I changed my approach to Nordic walking, having decided (and observed) that a more moderate goal results in more frequent walking. The 8000-step, 4.1-mile, 1 hr 10-15 minute goal was achievable, but tiring, and the prospect of the walk did not gladden my heart. When we remember experiences we’ve had, we tend to weight more heavily the things toward the end (see: Peak-End Theory), which is why one should design vacations to end with something special and why performers leave the stage at a climax, with the audience clamoring for more.

So when the day came when I couldn’t walk because of weather, it was easy to skip the next day as well, and before I knew it, a week had passed.

I figured I should not ignore the event, so I decided to cut my goal from 8000 steps to 5000 steps, and I used for my walk route the short-cut toward the end that I had previously used when I felt too tired to finish. That walk turns out to be 56-58 minutes (so far — the time might improve) and 6300-6400 steps. According to, it is 3.3 miles, which is a respectable distance. With the Nordic-walking 20% boost to the normal Cooper aerobic points for that distance and time, I get 6.7 points per day, which for 6 days results in 40.2 points, comfortably above Cooper’s recommended minimum requirement (35 points per week for men, 27 for women, the points accumulated over at least 4 exercise sessions per week and at most 6).

I’ve had a couple of days at the new planned distance, and my internal resistance to the walk is noticeably lessened — it’s a short enough walk to be pleasant, and I don’t hit a point — as I did for the longer distance — of dreading how much farther I have to go. Before I notice it, the walk is done.

Written by Leisureguy

10 September 2021 at 4:13 pm

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  1. I think the change in your Nordic pole walking regimen is wise. I believe two shorter brisk walks are more beneficial to the body and spirit than one long walk.

    I Nordic pole walk briskly twice a day, one-half mile in the morning and one-half mile in the afternoon. That works well for me.

    It’s still true: more is not necessarily more. The law of diminishing returns is alive and well.


    Steve Riehle

    10 September 2021 at 8:44 pm

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