My wife and I have both learned to love walking with poles, because it is so much easier than regular walking, makes you feel like you're actually exercising, and allows you to go places that are difficult when just depending on your legs.
Today nearly 14 million people, in 40 countries all across Europe enjoy pole walking --every day. But it's not enough to just buy poles and put them in the closet, you must go outside and use them. Then the benefits begin to show, in the way you walk, the way you look, and in the enjoyment of feeling alive. The list is endless.
Nordic Pole Walking is suitable for all ages, all physiques, and all types of terrain – trails, beaches, fields, snow and sand dunes. With the poles you get good support and better balance on any terrain while also increasing the intensity of your exercise session.
History of Nordic (or Pole) Walking
Nordic walking is defined simply as fitness walking with specially designed poles. While skiers had been using that basic concept decades before, the sport wasn't formally defined until 1997. Nordic Walking's concept was developed on the basis of off-season ski-training activity. The first Nordic Walking poles were marketed and the term Nordic Walking was coined and became internationally known in 1999.
Nordic Walking Equipment
Nordic walking poles are shorter than those for cross-country skiing. Nordic walking poles come in both one-piece shaft versions and telescoping two-piece adjustable length versions. Nordic walking poles feature grips with special Nordic walking straps - a kind of fingerless glove, allowing power transmission through the strap.
Nordic walking poles come with removable rubber tips for use on hard surfaces and hardened metal tips for trails, beach, snow and ice. Most poles are made from lightweight aluminum, carbon fiber, or composite materials.