Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nordic Walking in the USA and Canada

The articles published this year in Prevention Magazine and in the Mayo Clinics’ newsletters have encouraged thousands of individuals all across North America to seriously look into Nordic Walking and the many wonderful benefits of walking with poles. The maximum benefits however come from walking correctly, walking with the correct length poles and walking with quality equipment. Nordic Walking Poles are no longer just for expert skiers deprived of snow during the summer - the poles also radically improve balance and stability, plus reduce the stress to the knees, hips and back.

Unfortunately thousands flocked to discount stores, big box and even sport shops in search of walking poles. Thousands more bought poles online. All assumed they were purchasing suitable, user-friendly and durable walking poles. Most came home with or were shipped cheap/flimsy collapsible two-piece or three-piece telescoping poles. Most made in China and most were actually trekking poles equipped with simple loop straps that have nothing to do with Nordic Walking. And many of the poles that were marketed as Nordic Walking Poles either didn’t have a straps of any sort or the poles were equipped with cheap Velcro slings inferior to a real pair of fingerless glove type Nordic Walking Straps.

Individuals with balance issues should NEVER use cheap/flimsy collapsible poles because they not only tend to rattle, vibrate and gradually collapse, but because they are reported to fail and collapse without warning. The twist-locks and flip-locks on collapsible poles just can’t be trusted. That is why skiers refuse to use them for skiing or Nordic Walking.
Most of the readers of these wonderful Nordic Walking articles (that appeared in Prevention Magazine and the Mayo Clinic’s newsletters) actually had balance issues, joint issues, weight issues or other issues that restrict their walking campaigns. Seniors should never use 2-piece or 3-piece collapsible poles. Seniors and individuals with balance should only use sturdy one-piece poles that are sized specifically to their heights. At the American Nordic Walking System and WWW.SKIWALKING.COM there are 16 different lengths of quality one-piece poles available to ensure a perfect fit.
I always ask potential new customers with walking restrictions if they feel the most comfortable walking while pushing a shopping cart and 99.99% respond with an enthusiastic “yes, of course.” Quality one-piece poles that are sized correctly will always prove to be safer, lighter, more durable and much more user-friendly than falsely marketed collapsible poles.
At the American Nordic Walking System and WWW.SKIWALKING.COM we supply quality one-piece poles made by SWIX of Norway and EXEL of Finland. All of our poles are equipped with the real Nordic Walking Straps – not loop straps and definitely not Velcro slings. I personally use these straps every single day attached to quality one-piece poles. I use them while teaching Nordic Walking classes and when I’m out exercising – hiking with poles on the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, running hills – Nordic Running, roller skiing with longer poles and when the snow flies both my classic and skate cross country skis have the same awesome fingerless glove type straps – patented by the Salomon Ski Company (a real sign of quality).
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.
For more info about quality SWIX Nordic Walking Poles:
For more info about quality EXEL Nordic Walking Poles:
Contact phone # here at WWW.SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System: 231-334-3080

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