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.
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.
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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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.
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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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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