Not as a walking style, but I do use the paired Nordic walking sticks - they allow me to leave my rolling walker for short (1 or 2 mile) walks off the paved roads/trails, on fairly level ground. It is amazing how quickly you can get to "back country" feel once you leave the asphalt for a real trail. Those sticks are really freeing - they give me the stability I need, and enough support for these short jaunts. My dh, who hiked about 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail a few years back, says the dual poles were commonly seen there, in use by all ages and physiques, because of the rough, rocky terrain on the AT.
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I've heard of this and have a friend that does it but I've not
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Late summer at various parks, I have seen people walking with one and two poles ( not Canes ), They were close to entering the Golden years. My two girls after seeing the people walking with them, stopped at one of the wood working shops and presented me with 2 of them. Started using the 2 poles (right then) walking on the uneven ground and my balance was great and also endurance. Used only 1 on level ground and worked just as well.
Will use them around the grounds and walking trails here at home. Would recommend them to anyone with osteo or who has had lower extremity surgery. More support them crutches, in my opinion.
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I had not heard of that before! Thanks for sharing, I am not 40 yet, quite a ways off but I do think I will try that. May take a while before I can afford the poles but one of my exercise sessions every day is a walk with my DH and I often feel that since I let him set the pace I could benefit from something more, I have been doing wrist and ankle weights but this could be the perfect thing for me. Thank you!
MIZZSB, I am 62 years old, a bit over 40 years old. The Nordic walking is good for balance but also good for upper body strength at the same time that you get the normal lower body walking in. It is a good exercise for those with Osteoporosis, which I have. There are many exercises that are taboo for those with bone problems but not Nordic Walking. I enjoy using them and really feel that I've had a workout afterwards.
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i dont do it myself but it is very popular over here (netherlands) a lot of people do it. I notice that mostly older people use it. And i mean 40+... not that you are old than hahahaha But i never see youth use them...
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I walk with Nordic Poles (it's done on dry ground, not on snow) and I'm wondering if there are any other Nordic Walkers on the team. Nordic walking burns about 20% more calories per hour than walking alone. I bought my Poles at Target in 2009 for about $20 and I try to Nordic walk about three times a week.
Here is a link to Nordic Walking if you would like to check it out:
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