Nordic Pole Walking

Nordic Pole Walking

Canada’s hottest new fitness trend is now available in the Cowichan Valley. Walk your way to health with Nordic Pole Walking, a convenient, low impact activity that can be done anywhere, by any age, at work, home or on holiday. As I have been in the health industry for over 25 years, I am always interested in finding ways for people to help themselves. NPW is a way to achieve this and is a lot of fun.

It is an effective low impact Physical Activity for Fitness and Rehabilitation. People with injuries or pain in the low back, knees, hips or feet notice reduced stress on the affected areas as the poles offload weight from the lower half of the body to the upper body. This allows for strengthening muscles in the upper extremities and the core. The poles add stability for people who have mobility or balance concerns for chronic conditions such as arthritis or neuropathies. When you walk, you use about 48% of your body muscles but when you Nordic pole walk, you use 90% of your muscles and burn at least 25% more calories than regular walking. It develops upright body posture which improves breathing and combats the effects of osteoporosis by strengthening bones.

With any sport, it’s important to have the appropriate equipment. Although they look similar, trekking, hiking or skiing poles are used for a totally different purpose and are not interchangeable for Nordic walking poles. Nordic walking poles have a spike tip that is covered by a rubber boot – these different tips make it possible to walk on all types of surfaces from concrete sidewalks, asphalt, grass, sand and chip trails and can also be used inside. There is also a glove with a wrist strap and with the proper technique, allows for strengthening the core muscles and upper extremities. The traveler poles can be reduced in size in order for you to pack them in your suitcase to take on your holidays.

Lessons are offered for groups of 4-8 people and the cost is $25 per person.  Poles are available to use at no charge. Private and semi-private lessons are also available.

Carol McCullough is a Certifed Nordic Pole Walking Instructor and a Registered Massage Therapist living in the Cowichan Valley.  For more information email Nordic Pole Walkers Cowichan Valley (npwcv@shaw.ca.)