- is as enjoyable as walking (or more)
- protects knees and other joints
- increases lung capacity
- improves posture
- enhances heart and lung function
- strengthens upper body and torso
- relieves neck and shoulder pain
- builds and tones muscle
- eliminates bat wings and love handles
- takes the agony out of Albert County's hills
- provides the same intensity of running without associated injuries
- is equally enjoyable on ice, snow, pavement, gravel or trails
- can be done anywhere, anytime
- provides stability in the winter
- is economical
- doesn’t require fancy clothes or equipment
- has varying levels of intensity
- enhances mood (without drugs or hallucinogens)
- has 40-60% more total body workout than walking, and
- burns 40% more calories?
Would you try it?
Dozens did at the Nordic Walking demonstration in Riverside-Albert on the weekend. The demo was put on by Yennah Hurley of www.walkingproud.com. She brought along lots of poles so everyone could try them out. And a good number walked away afterward proudly carrying their new Nordic Walking poles, all gung ho and ready to rock the county.
I’m one of them.
I’d first seen Nordic Walking last year, but the demonstration was crowded so I really didn’t have the opportunity to try it. I thought it looked like a great sport for my parents, but well..I was already quite active so really didn't need something else.
Well, I'm a believer now. The poles add intensity to a regular walk. I found my pace was faster, my arms, shoulders and torso were fully involved, hills were easier and I walked straighter. I love cross-country skiing, so it seems natural that I would enjoy the Nordic Walking, which is much the same movement. And I was tickled to discover I could even use the poles when snowshoeing.