A New Exercise Sport
Inactivity is a health threat in all industrial nations, even more so as economies move to the information and technology economies. Workers hunched over desks and computers all day develop many problems from stress and inactivity. In Finland, nordic walking classes were established throughout the country with recruitment especially of those who were inactive. The classes taught the correct nordic walking technique, stretching, and provided a social activity as well. Initial resistance to walking with poles is easily overcome when you are walking with a group.
Today, you see nordic walkers enjoying their poles singly or in groups on any path in Finland. Regular walkers have also joined in, with many volkssport walkers now using the nordic walking poles.
Will it Spread?
Exel, Leki, and Swix company representatives in the US are interested in getting the sport off the ground in North America. Poles come with instructional materials.
Top Picks for Fitness Walking Poles
Learning Nordic WalkingThe International Nordic Walking Association lists member associations to contact for information, instructors, and certification.
International Nordic Walking Association
DVD: Nordic Walking: Learn nordic walking from this DVD.
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