Pole Walking…Nordic Style
Nordic Pole Walking was created in the early 90’s as an alternative for cross-country skiers to train during the summer months. It is a low-impact form of exercise that involves walking with a pair of poles, hence the name “Nordic Pole Walking”.
Earlier today I took part in a 1-hour Pole Walking adventure, and I must say it was a fun!! An experience I know I’ll enjoy again…and I’m going to be sore tomorrow, haha :p
One of the other participants during the walk stated, “I’ve never had to think so hard while walking!”, and I would have to agree with her. Not only does it work your cardiovascular system and is an excellent resistance workout, it is also somewhat of a mental challenge. Our instructor reminded us during the walk to coordinate the poles with every step while also maintaining good posture and remembering to swing and push with your shoulders as you walk with a slight “strut/swag”‘. If you are interested in trying pole walking please contact the Wellness Centre at the UHN!
Thank you to Insideout Physiotherapy & Wellness Group for the awesome time and I look forward to poling again 🙂