Increase walking benefits by exercising your whole body.
Nordic pole walking is an amazing walking workout that not only exercises your lower body, but engages your arm and torso muscles increasing your fat burn and cardio fitness.
Pole walking is low impact and easy to do, once you learn the basics.
Nordic pole waking is so named because it originated the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Finland, Sweden). It has been popular as an off-season training regime for cross-country skiers–but is now rapidly becoming popular world wide because it is such an effective and easy exercise.
The Benefits of Nordic Pole Walking
Pole walking increases the effectiveness of normal walking by engaging the upper body, including your chest, shoulders, biceps and triceps.
The striding motion engages your core, toning and tightening your abdominal muscles.
Nordic pole walking improves cardio-respiratory fitness because you are engaging your whole body.
The poles enable those who have challenges with their balance to engage in a regular exercise program.
The poles help reduce the impact on your knees, especially when walking downhill.
Many walkers stick to flat city streets because they feel uncomfortable on walking and hiking paths. The poles give them the confidence they need to walk and explore further afield.
And finally, the poles will help propel you along faster than you would normally go with a regular walking program.
If running is taking a tole on your body, Nordic pole walking is a fabulous alternative — you will use up almost the same number of calories and get a great cardio workout.
Nordic poles are not only a fabulous fitness workout, but they encourage you to get out more– to explore parks, country roads and hiking trails.
In addition to your normal walking attire — loose comfortable clothing and a good pair of walking shoes, you will need some POLES.
There is a huge variety to choose from.
The biggest difference in poles is whether or not they are fixed length or variable length. The variable length poles are either telescoping (which allows you to adjust exactly to your height) or folding (which allows you to pack them in your suitcase while traveling).
The second difference is if they have rubber walking tips, or pointy steel tips (similar to cross-country ski poles).
Some poles are made especially for trekking up and down hills and mountains.
Take these factors into account when making your buying decision:
- Will you be doing city walking — get poles with good rubber tips and make sure you can purchase replacement tips when needed.
- Will you be doing hiking or trekking–get poles with a good spike. You might also consider poles that can easily switch from spikes to rubber tips.
- Traveling? Get collapsible poles — look at both the telescoping poles and folding poles. Folding poles can fit into suitcases and backpacks and are very light-weight but are not as durable as the telescoping poles.
- Look at the hand grip. Many of the cheaper models have hard plastic handles that can get uncomfortable and difficult if you have sweaty hands.
- Price is an important factor. You can purchase poles ranging from $25.00 up to $200. From my experience something in the $100 range will last years and will have good quality shoes and handles.
In my neck of the woods, I have not seen Nordic walking poles sold in the running/walking stores. I have seen small selections in a few big box sports stores. There is an amazing selection of walking poles available on Amazon
Stop thinking about it …
just get some poles and ramp up your walking program now.
These are a game changer!