One Pole at a Time
Name: Cathryn Glover
I live in: Mississauga, Ontario
#1 Health Goal: I reached a stage in my life when I was not satisfied with my health. It was then that I realized major changes were necessary. My goal at that time was, and still is, to improve my physical condition. My story is one of perseverance and achievement.
Biggest Challenge: Nine years ago I left my job because the drive was long and by the time I reached work I could hardly make the short walk from the parking lot to my office. The pain was so gut-wrenching that friends were commenting that I had lost the joy from my eyes. I was subsequently diagnosed with severe arthritis in my knees which had no remaining cartilage. So seven years ago I had two knee replacements and was off work for five months. Going through double knee surgery at this time of my life was a major health challenge.
Biggest Accomplishment: It was a long journey back to being able to walk without pain. I attended therapy classes three days each week and also worked with an athletic therapist to increase the flexibility in my knees. I worked for several years after that with a trainer to focus on increasing the strength in my legs. In 2010 I was feeling that I had plateaued so I decided that I needed to explore additional avenues for continuing my recovery. I stumbled across a Nordic Pole Walking display in 2011. I joined a local group and was instructed by two wonderful professionals who taught me the advantages of the sport. At first I struggled to complete 4K with the walking group. Within four months I was able to complete my first ½ marathon walk and finished my second this past May; achieving a new personal best. Completing a half marathon has been a profound experience for me and I am very proud of myself.
I will continue to Live Right Now by: I plan to maintain my current health regiment and focus on improving my diet and exercise. In addition to Nordic Pole Walking I enjoy taking Zumba classes. Reflecting on how far I have come, I look forward to how far I can go in the future.
Personal Tip: It is never too late to turn nature around. Set your goals and find a way to achieve them. The best tip I can give is to just start. Start small if you need to, but just start.