Walking with the perfect length Nordic walking poles for your height and with the correct Nordic walking technique could help you to burn 20 to 40 percent more calories than walking without poles! Not only do Nordic walking poles help to burn more calories, they help to radically reduce the stress to the weight-bearing joints, plus improve balance, stability and gait. Balance and stability are often improved so much that individuals that typically use a cane and/or walker find that the perfect length Nordic walking poles are much more comfortable and help to make walking much more doable.
Studies at the renowned Cooper Institute in Texas have shown that walking with poles can increase both oxygen consumption and caloric expenditure by about 20 percent. Here is a link to the Cooper Institute Nordic walking study: http://www.cooperinstitute.org/research/past/nordicwalking.cfm
In another groundbreaking study dating back to 1989 the Cooper Institute revealed that moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of death, a fact that is considered the norm today.
The Surgeon General has urged Americans to get at least one-half hour of moderately vigorous activity such as brisk walking, each day. Nordic walking poles can help to turbo charge existing walking campaigns and also help individuals currently not walking to jump start their desperately needed walking campaigns.
Pete Edwards has introduced thousands of Americans to Nordic Walking through his informative and enthusiastic Nordic walking classes. Many of the students participating in his Nordic walking classes have commented that prior to walking with his poles they only felt comfortable walking while pushing a shopping cart. After using Edwards’ special walking poles they claimed that the user-friendly one-piece poles proved to be even better than the shopping cart. And as an added bonus, the poles can go where the shopping cart can't go.
WWW.SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System provide safe and effective options in regard to exertion and intensity levels. There is an ideal Nordic walking level for any age and any fitness level, from casual to super intense. Here is a link to the American Nordic Walking System’s basic levels of Nordic Walking: http://www.skiwalking.com/getStarted.asp
Edwards has found an enormous Nordic walking success while coaching Nordic walkers of all ages and all fitness levels. Edwards’ Nordic walking poles and classes have helped competitive athletes as well as individuals with shin splints, balance issues, knee issues or new knees, hip issues or new hips, back issues (including those with rods in their back), weight issues, multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's (PD), neuropathy, arthritis, bursitis, scoliosis, lumbar stenosis, fibromyalgia, post polio, osteoporosis, stroke recovery, cancer recovery and other limitations to walking. His one-piece SWIX and EXEL Nordic walking poles come in 16 different lengths and are helping thousands of Americans get off the couch, successfully get outside, start walking safely and effectively launch much needed walking campaigns. His poles are also safer, lighter and much more durable than cheap twist-lock and flip-lock 2-piece and 3-piece collapsible poles that tend to rattle, vibrate and/or collapse unexpectedly.
Nordic walking poles from SkiWalking.com and the American Nordic Walking System are equipped with special removable rubber tips/asphalt paws for use on hard surfaces. Remove the rubber tips/paws and the metal tips are exposed and ideal for trails, the beach, snow and ice. Nordic walking poles from SWIX and EXEL are also equipped with special fingerless glove type straps (patented by the Salomon Ski Company). These special straps allow walkers to keep their fingers relaxed and effectively apply pressure into the cradle of the strap verses gripping/squeezing the poles. These special straps eliminate wristlock and prove to be much more therapeutic than strapless poles, cheap loop straps and velcro sling type straps.
Regardless of the excuses for not walking at least the recommended half hour each day, real Nordic walking poles could help millions of Americans get off the couch and start walking effective today. Quality one-piece Nordic walking poles from WWW.SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System are currently helping thousands of Americans walk taller, faster and much more effectively. Over 8 million Europeans are currently walking with poles.
Nordic Walking Contact Information: Pete Edwards - Owner/Founder/Coach - American Nordic Walking System and WWW.SKIWALKING.COM
Toll Free: 877-SKIWALKING or 877-754-9255
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