dimanche 14 juillet 2013

Nordic pole walking - not just a trend

You may have seen some people in your neighbourhood walking on the sidewalks or in parks with what looked like cross-country ski poles.  And you wondered.... what are they doing?  Well, I had the occasion a couple of weeks ago to attend a demonstration and training class to learn to walk with Nordic Poles.  It originated in Finland in the early 20th Century when cross-country skiers "practiced" on dry ground in the off-season to keep in shape.  Since then, the poles have been modified so they can be used on hard surfaces as well as sand.

What's the benefit?  Walking with the poles engages 90% of the muscles of the body, including shoulders, arms and back and helps burn 46% more calories than walking without poles.  Even after a short training session, I could feel  that my arms, shoulder and back muscles had worked.  Another benefit, is that you put less pressure on the hips and knees.  For me, with two new knees in 2012 and who love walking, this is a huge benefit.

I must confess I have not yet started using my poles.  I need to find something to attach the rubber tips and then, I'll be off, walking my little heart out.

I'll keep you posted when I go for my first 5 km walk, which should be soon.

Marguerite Tennier, M.A.
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