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I have knee, ankle, and back problems. My husband has shoulder pain. Nordic walking is perfect for us. It takes pressure off joints. It relieves tension in the neck & shoulders, The bonus is that it burns 20-40% more calories than regular walking. It is also recommended for balance problems.

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There is an article on Nordic walking on Spark People. You can also do an online search for "Nordic walking" to learn more & find equipment & demonstration videos.
- Submitted by STORMY724 7/2/2010 in Exercise | 6 Comments
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CHRISTA90 6/25/2011 2:58:00 PM

    Thanks for the reminder on the benefits of Nordic walking.
Will be digging out my poles again.
STORMY724 11/21/2010 4:36:00 AM

    In response to SUBLUE: Find a friend to do Nordic walking with and go together. You won't feel so silly if you're not alone. My husband walks faster than I do, so in several parks, although we are there together, he's at the opposite end of the walking track from me, so no one sees us together, although occasionally, we see someone else with Nordic poles. Most people just ignore us. But from time to time someone asks what the poles are for. I explain they were developed for cross-country skiers to train in the off season and inform them that Nordic walking is very popular in Europe & California ---makes it sound sort of "hip," doesn't it? But, really, what do you care what anyone else thinks? If it's good for you, do it. Just tell yourself, "I am burning 20% more calories" with each step.
SUBLUE 11/1/2010 8:08:00 AM

    I have some poles, but havent' seen anyone around my area using them. I fell kinda silly walking with them, but, yes, they sure make walking easier on the knees and you go faster. I bought mine at KeenFit.com
STORMY724 7/14/2010 9:32:00 AM

    Continuation of my previous comment:

The only expense over regular walking is the poles. We have had to replace wrist straps once in 3 years. I've seen replacement rubber tips for $10/pr, but I found some online, 25 pair for about $50. That should last us for 3 or 4 years, at least. Some poles are a set height. Ours are both for people 5'6"-5'10" because we both fall in the range. Other poles are adjustable. I often grab my poles when I am walking just a few blocks to the post office or drug store because I feel more energetic and can walk faster without knee pain.
STORMY724 7/14/2010 9:31:00 AM

    TPOODY: Enter "Nordic walking" in a search engine to find info and demos. It was developed for cross country skiers to keep in shape in the off-season. Because you use your arms to push off with two poles, you take pressure off your leg joints. The arm movements help with shoulder and neck pain. Because you use your upper body as well as your lower body, you burn more calories. Find a website with a good demo, because most people think you place the bottoms of the poles in front of you, but you need to keep them behind you.
TPODDY 7/3/2010 4:20:00 PM

    hi, feel kinda stupid here...but what is nordic walking?

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