Nordic Walking Classes are being added to Port Huron's Cutting Edge Health And Fitness’ list of successful and FUN programs. Nordic Walking Instructor Linda Kearn will serve as head coach for the new Nordic Walking Program. She also heads the fitness center's hugely successful Biggest Loser program - now in Stage 2.
On Wednesday, July 1st, my son Keefer and I had the opportunity to host a Nordic Walking in-service for Cutting Edge's staff and provide free lessons to club members.
All of the participants, including the personal trainers, commented on the effectiveness and obvious benefits from walking correctly with the perfect length poles. Participants found out for themselves that using the correct length poles automatically improves posture, reduces stress to the knees and other weight bearing joints, elevates heart rate and works a variety of muscle groups (similar to cross country skiing).
We introduced the participants to the three basic levels of Nordic Walking - based on the American Nordic Walking System. Level 1 burns about 20% more calories than regular walking and allows all ages and any fitness level to be successful at Nordic Walking. Level 2 includes a full arm extension, burns up to 30% more calories than regular walking and automatically increases stride length and temp - kind of like shifting gears in a car. Level 3 is true Nordic Walking and the fitness experts tackled this one easily. Level 3 burns up to 40% more calories than regular walking and includes the full arm extension, a hard pole plant and pressure into the cradle of the comfortable patented straps included on all of the poles from SKIWALKING.COM and The American Nordic Walking System.
Our Nordic Walking Straps are patented by the Salomon Ski Company. ALL of our Swix and Exel Nordic Walking Poles are equipped with rubber boot shaped Nordic Walking tips/paws for indoor use, pavement, indoor/outdoor tracks and other hard surfaces. When the rubber tips/paws are removed the durable metal tips are exposed and the Nordic Walking Poles are good to go on trails, grass, gravel, the beach, snow and ice.
Participants were also impressed with our poles one-piece design - lighter, safer and much more durable than cheap twist-locking adjustable length/telescoping/collapsible poles. I have been coaching skiers for over 25 years and it is a simple fact that skiers use one-piece poles that are sized correctly. Seniors and individuals with balance issues should especially avoid cheap twist-lock and flip-lock poles that can unexpectedly collapse.
Perfect length poles help us to automatically walk with a super straight back - better walking posture is biomechanically a good thing. This improved walking posture when combined with the unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action of walking with poles radically reduces the stress to the shins, knees, hips and back. Nordic Walking is low impact and yet provides a highly effective workout - burning more calories and working more muscle groups than regular walking.
Walking with poles is the best!