I don’t mean Nordic walking in the Patagonia region of South America, although I’d love to go Nordic walking there and possibly drinking the local wine afterward, it is Nordic walking wearing a Patagonia fleece.
As I introduced in chapter 14 of The Ikigai Diet, Nordic Walking is one of the best exercises you can do for wellness and longevity. Especially for the middle-aged and older, it isn’t as strenuous as other outdoor sports, yet gives enough aerobic workout. This kind of moderate exercise is better for longevity than vigorous ones according to David Sinclair, the author of Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don’t Have To. Having a stress-free lifestyle is the key and that applies to exercises, too.
Nordic walking is moderate enough, and walking with your back straight gives you further benefits. Kosuke Hirai, an acupuncturist who specializes in adjusting people’s postures, says that our posture is the most important factor for our health. He is also a master of an ancient Japanese martial art, which was passed down from generation to generation in his family, and keeping the right posture in your daily movement is considered to be critical in his martial art. Having a straight back while walking is one of them, and how you walk determines your physical condition since it is something we do all the time. Nevertheless, most of us don’t have a straight back when we walk, and the more we walk, the more we are actually damaging ourselves. Therefore, he thinks we should correct our posture before walking, and if we walk with two poles, our spine naturally becomes straight.
Wearing brand clothes like Patagonia makes you look younger, too. One method of modeling is to behave like your role model, and if you want to stay young, the best thing is to model young people. By dressing like young people, you naturally start feeling younger.
Maybe I should model him-haha.
The Ikigai Diet: The Secret Japanese Diet to Health and Longevity