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.
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.
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-Try Nordic Walking (walking with poles) -Burns up to 46% more calories than regular walking! -Strengthen your upper body! -Reduce the stress on the joints! -Normal walking/jogging, , only uses approximately 70% of the muscle mass in the while Nordic Walking utilizes up to 90% of your body’s muscle mass. -By using the Nordic walking poles, you increase your heart rate on average 10-15% more than normal walking -Many doctors agree that Nordic walking is one of the most effective cardiov
I used to go to the Y 3X/wk & work out with kettlebells at home 3X/wk. Then I hit a plateau. Everyone says that exercising too much can backfire, but I figured if I added to it gradually, it might work. So on days when I didn't go to the Y, I went for a 15 minute "mosey" around the block. Gradually, I added time and walked faster until I was doing a least 30 minutes at a good clip. Then I slowly added a walk... (click title for more)
in the afternoon or evening, gradually building it up. Most days I do two 30-minutes brisk walks with Nordic walking poles (google it if you don't know what they are) or one walk plus the elliptical (& 3 strength training/wk) ---built up very gradually. I'm losing again.
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