If you can walk, you can Nordic walk. Why use poles? By adding poles to walking in the NORDIC style, you instantly burn twice the calories by engaging NINETY PERCENT of your muscles. (Walking uses 45% of your muscles.) BONUS: by using the whole body, you more than double the health benefits. First results you may notice externally are straighter posture, smaller pant size, relaxed shoulders/neck, and more energy.
CLICK ON SHOP NOW to the right of my photo, then navigate to Nordixx Traveler poles, add a couple extra pairs of rubber boot tips, and proceed to Shopping Cart.
Nordixx ‘Traveler’ poles are $79.95cdn plus applicable taxes & shipping.
WHY NORDIXX BRAND POLES? Because they have a unique “GLOVE STRAP” that makes the effective poling technique described below, comfortable and easy to do.
NB: If you live in Victoria, email me to arrange pick-up of Nordixx ‘Traveler’ poles. Linda4success@shaw.ca $91 total includes taxes.
STEP TWO: BOOKMARK THIS SITE.
When your poles arrive, watch this video and I’ll show you how to set up your Nordixx poles.
STEP THREE: START NORDIC WALKING HERE:
When you do it right, it will feel harmonious and connected; you will look forward to doing it. In 10 minutes each arm pushes back about 500 times. Yes, that adds up, and your triceps, shoulders, back, and core muscles will let you know they had to wake up and work! When you feel tired, stop. Inch by inch the benefits will accrue! Aim to Nordic Walk three times a week, or more if you feel like it.
“Hi Linda, You are my hero. I had to quit hiking because my hips were hurting so badly. I have been active all my life & was looking to find an exercise that my body could cope with, AND I found you. I watched your video and learned the proper technique. Especially with C19, Nordic Walking is my main exercise now, I love it. Thank you so very much.” Penny Pollard, Victoria, Canada
This is a new skill and like any new skill, you need to practice to get it working smoothly and efficiently. Be patient. Become a model example of how to do it right! Your friend can video you as you walk along just like my friend did for me in the above video. Then you can get a good look at how you are progressing.
“Hi Linda, I took a brief pole walk lesson a couple of years ago. Have to confess I have not been as regular as I intended to be. I watched the your video and discovered that I was not doing it correctly . Thank you for the video. After watching it several times I took myself out into the sunshine and I think I have corrected my posture and management of the poles. It now feels more natural and comfortable. First day out I acquired sore back muscles, two days on I am no longer sore and am enjoying my walking. I am hoping I will get to the regular three times a week routine. Thanks!” Ann Taylor, Victoria, Canada
“Linda, your website is awesome-so much to learn from it (for a newbie) as well as a refresher for those of us who may need it. I’ve been Nordic walking every day for the past 2 weeks (prior to then I’d walk some days with and some without poles), but I’ve really felt a huge difference in my pace, strength and posture when using my poles – so now I don’t want to walk without them. The hills I walk around my neighborhood are so much easier to propel myself up with poles and I love it 😊.”
Edna May, Calgary, Canada
INSTRUCTIONS: HOW TO USE POLES:
BASIC SET-UP: 1) Set up the poles: Hold the pole handle lightly between your thumb and first finger only, so that the pole pivots between your thumb and finger, then position the poles so they are at an angle (trailing behind you). Start walking normally. TWO SKILLS TO LEARN: You need to get two new learned skills working together. 1) First press the heel of you hand down on the strap. 2) Second, make sure your elbow swings to the back every time. When you get these two skills working together, you will feel like the poles are propelling you forward. Perfect! EFFORT CHECK: How hard are you pushing down on the strap? Soft, medium or hard? It works better in the soft to medium range.
“Linda. I know you must see lots of people who are simply not getting the benefit they could because they are not using the poles correctly. So many just “lean” on them. I was using too much forward motion and not walking with a normal stride. The way you explained it in your video was great…angle the poles to the back and then naturally incorporate them into your stride. Your description turned a light on for me. Now I feel more “connected” and efficient. Cheers!” Ann Pollard, Victoria, Canada
QUESTIONS? Contact LINDA SCHAUMLEFFEL, Hall of Fame Olympian, car accident survivor, Nordixx Canada MASTER Nordic Pole Walk Instructor, Linda4success@shaw.ca (250) 920-4005
FIVE THINGS MAKE (NPW) NORDIC WALKING EXCEPTIONAL:
- CONVENIENT: Just walk out your front door and start!
- FEELS GOOD: Easy on knees, shoulders/neck, hands, feels powerful and flowing.
- AFFORDABLE: Poles are $91. Instruction FREE on this site. Nordixx poles ($79.95 + shipping + tax)
- QUICK RESULTS: Uses 90% of the body’s muscles. Posture, LDL, BP, insulin, sleep, hip size start changing in 20-30 days.
- FUN FACTOR: Breathe in nature, see the sights, socialize with fellow pole walkers, participate in events from time to time.
NORDIC WALKING IS “DO-ABLE” by anyone who can walk, and is kind of addictive once you get the hang of it. Anything new has a learning curve. First step: start. Second step: keep going.