Fitness and Exercise are a must for a healthy body and mind. Nordic Walking Poles can make getting fit a little easier. Let's Review these walking aids and see how they could fit into your life.
What makes using the Nordic Walking Poles so good is that used properly, you have turned a simple walk into a cardio exercise. How is that possible? Walking poles should be at a height that makes your arms rest at a 90 degree angle to your body. When you walk, you use alternating hands and feet to take the steps. With arms swinging and your step lengthened, you are now working your heart as well as your legs and body. It is almost like using an "Elliptical" machine in the gym, but your choice of where you walk can be much nicer than staring at a wall in a gym.
The added bonus is that you don't need to pay for a gym membership and the walking poles are very inexpensive. You choose what time of day, where and how long you want to walk. Take them with you on a Sunday afternoon stroll through your favorite park or "green space". They are portable, lightweight and so easy to use.
From all the reading I have done, I know that Nordic Walking is a great exercise that can be done by just about everyone and it does not tire you out so much that you want to go home and drop into a chair never to move again. It is an easy exercise that done 3 to 4 times a week, for at least 10 to 20 minutes, will keep you healthier and your body happier than just sitting around doing nothing! Give it a try! My thoughts are that once you start, you won't stop, and that is a good thing for sure. Just two more things that you might want to bring along for your walk and they are a good hat to keep the sun off your head and a water bottle to help you keep hydrated. With these three items, you are good to go and I bet you will enjoy your walks so much more than before.
P.S. as with any walking I am assuming that you will wear good walking shoes. (that's a given, right?)
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