As I was cleaning off my desk today, I unearthed a book sent to me earlier this summer: Nordic Walking, by Claire Walter. It was released a few months back, but with my own book release and a number of other projects I really never got around to looking it over.
I have to say that when Claire contacted me about her new title, I was pretty skeptical that it would apply to my market. But then she gave me a little food for thought. “Nordic Walking, which is fitness walking with specially designed poles, also has a component for people with neurological or balance issues,” she wrote. “For many, two poles provide security and stability, allow the user to stand up straighter (not hunched over a walker or cane) and yet have the security of ‘four-wheel drive’.”
So indeed this sport may be a good option for some slow walkers or folks who lack balance. Of course, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program, but you never know, Nordic Walking may be ideal for you.
And no, you don’t have to do it in the snow. I agree that the name implies otherwise, but I think it refers more to the origin rather than the practice.
If you do decide to take up this low impact sport (which I’m told burns 45% more calories than walking) then you have to read Claire’s book. It covers all the basics of equipment and techniques and has lots of helpful photos. And of course it also lists resources and other books on the subject.
Last but not least, make sure and read Claire’s excellent Nordic Walking Blog. Some of the routes and trails she details in her blog are also great for wheelchair-users, so check it out!