10 Benefits of Nordic Pole Walking

June 6, 2016

 I first came across people using poles when I was hiking in the Rockies in Colorado 20 years ago. At the time I thought it was a great idea for keeping balance while hiking rocky terrain but never thought of it as an urban activity or that there would be great health benefits to the practice. Since then more and more research has been done and the list of benefits to health and wellness continues to grow. Nordic walking is ideal for people of any age and level of fitness. For example, seniors with balance issues find comfort and security in having extra support from the poles and yet serious athletes use Nordic walking as an ideal cross-training or off season sport fitness activity. It involves the whole body and increases the heart rate and it doesn’t feel like there is much exertion. 

About 3 years ago I finally made the decision to get my own set or poles and I am now totally convinced of the lasting benefits pole walking brings. Here is a list of the 10 most significant benefits to walking with poles.
1.     Tones the upper and lower body at the same time. 
2.     Develops upright body posture.
3.     Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles.
4.     Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking.
5.     Strengthens bones and combats the effects of osteoporosis.
6.     Reduces impact on knee and hip joints by 30%
7.     Perceived as less workout than the actual true physical exertion. 
8.     Increases heart- and cardiovascular training up to 22%. 
9.     Helps to eliminate back, shoulder and neck pain.
10.   Supports stress management.
There are many Nordic walking styles so you need to do some research and find the style that suits you best. This you tube video describes the style I use.

If you live in Kelowna and would like information on my Saturday morning Nordic pole walking group, contact me at [email protected]


Tags: feldenkrais, Nordic pole walking, bones for life, osteoporosis, posture, bone disease, Bone Mineral Density, strengthen bones, burn calories, knee and hip joints, heart, cardiovascular, stress management


Thanks for your post, Sandra. I ruptured my ACL and tore my MCL in the same knee 3.5 weeks ago and am using RICE, a ROM brace, physio exercises and lots of Feldenkrais and BFL lessons to help in my rehabilitation journey. I\'m still using crutches a little and am thinking ahead to easier ways of walking in ways that won\'t further damage my injured knee. What kinds of poles do you recommend?

- Catherine

Hi Catherine,\r\nI\'m glad to hear you\'re recovering from your injury and that Feldenkrais and Bones for Life are contributing to your healing. \r\n\r\nI think the walking poles will be of great use to you in the next piece of your journey. I recommend Keen-Fit walking poles which you can order from the website I know Sheri Simson, the owner personally and can vouch for her products. If you decide to buy her poles and you mention my name she will give you a discount.

- Sandra

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