Saturday, December 25, 2010
Nordic Walking on Christmas Eve - And HUGE Success Working With Stroke Recovery!
My favorite activities are Nordic Walking, Roller Skiing and Cross Country Skiing.
Today, Christmas Eve, I had the chance to provide a free Nordic Walking lesson to a young lady recovering from a stroke. My one-piece EXEL Nordic Walking Poles made a huge improvement in her balance, stability and gait.
On our 2nd lap around the living room and kitchen areas she started to alternate perfectly – working the right arm in conjunction with the left foot (opposite or alternating). Her supportive parents were thrilled. She felt the success and knew the poles would play a key role in her recovery.
In ALL of my Nordic Walking Classes and Lessons I get the same positive feedback. In ALL of my Nordic Walking Classes/Lessons I only supply quality one-piece Nordic Walking Poles. Cheap/flimsy twist-locks and flip-locks are terrible, while our one-piece poles prove to be safer, lighter and much more durable than cheap/flimsy 2-piece and 3-piece twist-lock and flip-lock collapsible poles.
I’ve been coaching runners and skiers for over 25 years and walking with real Nordic Walking Poles makes so much sense to me. The false promotion of cheap/flimsy twist-lock and flip-lock poles makes no sense to me at all. One-piece Nordic Walking that are sized correctly are far superior to heavy, clunky collapsible poles. Collapsible poles tend to rattle, vibrate, gradually collapse or collapse unexpectedly.
At SkiWalking.com and the American Nordic Walking System we provide 16 different lengths of quality Nordic Walking Poles from SWIX and EXEL – from Norway and Finland.
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.
Nordic Walking’s winning combination of improved posture, a unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action and shock absorbing benefits - helping many individuals to walk comfortably again. Nordic Walking Poles are helping individuals with balance issues, knee issues or new knees, hip issues or new hips, back issues (including those with rods in their back), weight issues, heart disease/cardiac issues, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's (PD), neuropathy, diabetes, arthritis, bursitis, scoliosis, lumbar stenosis, fibromyalgia, post polio, osteoporosis, stroke recovery, cancer recovery and other limitations to walking. Nordic Walking poles are helping thousands of Americans get off the couch, successfully get outside, start walking safely and effectively launch much needed walking campaigns.
When I’m out xc skiing, roller skiing or Ski Walking (Nordic Walking) I only use one-piece poles and would NEVER consider using cheap/crappy collapsible poles. I’m out cross country skiing every day during the winter and today while skiing with my best friend it was so obvious (so crystal clear) that our one-piece poles are so darn superior to cheap/flimsy collapsible poles. And the best straps for cross country skiing also make the best straps for Nordic Walking! The fingerless glove-type straps that are patented by the Salomon Ski Company really prove to be super comfortable and the most effective.
We are the exclusive source in North America for real SWIX and EXEL Nordic Walking Poles here at SkiWalking.com and the American Nordic Walking System. Not only do we offer 16 different lengths we are able to custom fit poles to any individual’s height/specs.
Skiers, Ski Resorts and Ski Rental shops do NOT use or promote cheap/flimsy collapsible poles – they all utilize quality one-piece poles in order to ensure a Perfect Fit.
Even Santa Claus has been spotted using our quality SWIX Nordic Walking Poles from Lillehammer, Norway.
Walking with poles is the best!