? Walking faster or jogging, will that give me the same results? To walk faster or jog may not always be the best outcome. It will be governed by individual's motivational limits and enjoyment levels and also increases significantly the amount of stress put on the body which may likely cause injury and in turn reduces the enjoyment factor.Scientific studies show that using poles at a perceived lesser rate of effort or at a slower speed can achieve the same outcomes. The pole shafts are made of a very durable and lightweight composite material with good flexibility and shock absorbing capabilities for repetitive motion which is performed during Nordic Walking.
? I suffer with knee injuries from running; can I really keep fit by walking with poles?Yes! You no longer have to pound the footpaths and wear out your joints to get a good cardio-vascular workout. Whilst running you are only using your lower body muscles and your upper body mass is just going along for the ride not really doing any work. But when you utilise the poles whilst walking you activate all the upper body muscle mass, which in turn creates a greater training effect on your body with similar outcomes with less joint impact. Let me explain how this happens, by using poles to Nordic walk you are activating the large upper body muscles that are not used whilst running, in turn these large upper body muscles need more fuel which is transported by fresh.
? Am I too old to do Nordic Pole Walking? I'm nearly eighty years old!We have people in their late eighties that have experienced the benefits of nordic Pole Walking as it appeals to your age group. Also, it gives you a sense of security and confidence because you feel more balanced and stable on four feet instead of your normal two feet.
? Where do I do Nordic Pole Walking?Nordic Pole Walking is enjoyed in the great outdoors. It can be done on soft and hard surfaces as the poles are supplied with both hard metal spike tips for soft surfaces such as grassland, sand or slippery surface and the asphalt paws are used on hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt. So Nordic Pole Walking is great on your favourite beach or in your local park/sports oval or utilising your local suburban footpaths. ? Do I have to join a club? A group offers a safe an supportive environment with the added benefit of extra guidance and motivation in a fun and social atmosphere. But you may wish to walk alone or find a walk buddy or a group of friends and enjoy the convenience of Nordic pole walking around your local neighbourhood at a time that suits your lifestyle. The most important thing is what best suits your needs and you enjoy the great benefits of Nordic Pole walking like so many hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are experiencing today. So why not be one of them?
? Why can't I just use my ski or trekking poles?Trekking and ski poles have been designed specifically for their sport just like Nordic Walking Poles have been. The Nordic Walking Poles have a very unique design in the strap to allow the user to obtain maximum push off from oxygenated blood to these muscles to make them function. So the physiological responses to achieve this from your body is, significantly increased oxygen uptake, elevation of your heart rate to a similar effective training zone as if you were running and a greater caloric expenditure and the benefits of enhance muscle endurance for a total body workout.