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6/15/14 2:55 P

Hi Archimedes,
I am a Nordic Walking instructor based in the UK and just posted an article about Nordic Walking and Balance on my blog a couple of weeks back. It includes some balance exercises you can try in your Nordic Walking sessions.
Maybe you find them useful.

www.fitandhappyoutdoors.com/home/active-an
d-balanced/


Does anyone have any other balance exercises you use during your walks? I would love to hear your tips and ideas!

Ailien

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5/28/14 2:59 A

that sounds good

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5/26/14 7:57 P

The sticks did help improve my walking work out. I felt I was able to push myself to move faster. It was a lot of fun.

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5/25/14 10:56 P

Great articles, and something I would like to try

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5/25/14 7:52 P

Thanks, ARchimedesII

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5/25/14 3:40 P

Thank you for the links

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5/25/14 3:30 P

ONLINEASLLOU,

When I was out doing my Nordic walking, an older woman did ask me if it would be good with people with balance issues. I told her it could be helpful as well as something she might enjoy. Many nordic walking websites will tell you that it can help with balance and stability. It is a popular activity for many older people in Europe.

You might find these articles helpful.

online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052
702303714704576383692425736856


www.epda.eu.com/en/parkinsons/in-depth/man
aging-your-parkinsons/quality-of-life/
nordic-walking/




Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 5/25/2014 (15:30)
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5/25/14 2:30 P

I have been considering it lately. I have some mild balance problems, knee problems, and am getting older. I have no trouble walking, but would like something to get my heart pumping a little harder. Running is a bad idea for me because of the fore-mentioned problems. I am thinking that the poles might add more "vigor" to the exercise without increasing my fall risk.

But I haven't seen anyone address the balance/stability issue yet.

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 5/25/2014 (14:31)
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5/25/14 9:37 A

THANK YOU SO MUCH, did the sticks give you a good workout?

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5/25/14 9:23 A

My gym offered a Nordic Walking class a few years ago. I loved it. The lady who taught it is Linda Lemke aka The Nordic Walking Queen and she's an expert in the field. She is a lovely lady. I have attached a link to her website. She blogs and has other great info.

lindalemke.com/

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5/25/14 12:02 A

Thank you so much ARCHIMEDESII I hope that your injury gets better soon. I live near a forest and have just googled and seen that they is a group there, so will look into it. Thanks for the advice on the poles, as I do not want to spend much especially when starting off

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5/24/14 4:51 P

I've been running off/on for years. However, because of an injury, I've taken up Nordic Walking. I've been doing it for about 4-6 weeks in place of running. It's an excellent low impact cardiovascular workout. great for the upper body.

Will I run again ? Eventually, but for now I'm nordic walking. You can find the poles on Amazon. You don't have to pay a lot either. I only paid $22 or so with shipping. There a poles that will set you back $50 to $75. That's too much for me.

There are also videos on YOUTUBE to help get you started. If you enjoy walking or hiking, you will probably enjoy nordic walking.

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5/24/14 2:33 P

Thank you

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5/24/14 1:38 P

Here's an article you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=952


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5/24/14 12:18 P

Hi has anyone tried nordic walking? Really interested in finding out more

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