Nordic pole walking originated in Finland dating back to the early 20th century. Cross country skiers simply wanted to maintain their physical conditioning all year long. And so they continued to train with their poles during the warmer snow free months.
In the mid 1980′s, rubber tips were placed on the ends of ski poles to allow for the same upper body conditioning benefits while walking, as a cross county skier would in skiing. Cross country skiing is one of the most effective physical exercise for cardiovascular improvement and total body muscle strengthening. Now the same health benefits are gained by Nordic Pole Walkers.
In 1997, a Finnish ski equipment manufacturer, in collaboration with athletes and sports medicine experts, developed a specific wrist strap system for fitness walking pole. The wrist strap system is the key component of Nordic pole walking technique that sets it apart from other poles (e.g. urban pole walking or trekking poles). The wrist strap allows for optimal physical and health-related benefits.
Not only is Nordic pole walking good for our muscles and heart health, it is a safe and fun exercise for all ages and fitness levels!
Health benefits of Nordic pole walking:
1) Burns up to 46% more calories than regular walking!
2) Increase heart and cardiovascular training up to 22%
3) Incorporates 90% of all body muscles.
4) Helps eliminate back, shoulder, and neck pain.
5) Up to 30% less impact on hip and knee joints.
6) Increases oxygen respiration by 25% or more.
7) Supports stress management.
8) Develops upright body posture.
There are approximately 350 clinical and scientific reports about the health benefits of Nordic pole walking available in scientific publications.
Nordic Pole Walking Clinics
Cornell Physiotherapy will be offering free Nordic Pole Walking Clinics.
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