Nordic Walking Poles are helping individuals of all ages and all fitness levels get out and walk more, walk smarter and walk more effectively. Despite the huge perceived "geek" factor, over 7 million Europeans are walking with poles - in the cities, in the country and up in the mountains. Walking with poles can burn up to 40% more calories than regular walking. No snow and no skis required.
Glen Arbor, MI (PRWEB) April 21, 2009 -- Free Nordic Walking Clinics and a Nordic Walking Seminar are coming to the Natural Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, May 9th, at the Traverse City, Michigan, Civic Center. Real Nordic Walking Poles will also be available to demo and for purchase. Participants to the 2009 Natural Health and Wellness Expo will be treated to a wonderful day of delicious organic and local foods, alternative health services, natural health products and more, in addition to the Nordic Walking action.
Instruction will be provided by Pete Edwards - owner/founder/coach of http://www.skiwalking.com and The American Nordic Walking System. At 10:30am Edwards will be one of the events featured presenters and his topic: "Walk your Way to Better Health with Nordic Ski Walking." Following Edwards' presentation he will be hosting private and group lessons up until 5 p.m.
The Traverse City Civic Center is an ideal location for Nordic Walking. With the rubber tips/paws on the ends of the poles they can be safely and effectively used indoors at the Civic Center or outside on the paved hiking trail. The rubber tips are ideal for hard surfaces like pavement, sidewalks, indoor/outdoor tracks and even in the mall. When the rubber tips are pulled off, the metal tip is exposed and then the poles are ready to go on dirt roads, trails, the beach, snow and ice.
All of Edwards' poles are equipped with real Nordic Walking straps - patented by the Salomon Ski Company. The fingerless glove type straps eliminate the need to grip the poles and yet transfer power and push-off into the cradle of the straps. These same straps have helped to revolutionize cross country skiing.
Nordic Walking correctly can burn up to 40% more calories than regular walking. The poles help to provide all the benefits of cross country skiing, but no skis and no snow are required.
Walking with the correct length poles radically reduces the stress to the shins, knees, hips and back. Using the correct length poles automatically encourages walking with a straighter back and better posture - biomechanicaly a very good thing.
The poles also help to radically improve balance and stability. Nordic Walking's winning combination of improved posture, a unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action and shock absorbing benefits - helping many individuals to walk comfortably again. Nordic Walking Poles are helping individuals with balance issues, knee issues or new knees, hip issues or new hips, back issues (including those with rods in their back), weight issues, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's (PD), neuropathy, arthritis, bursitis, scoliosis, lumbar stenosis, fibromyalgia, post polio, osteoporosis, stroke recovery, cancer recovery and other limitations to walking. Nordic Walking poles are helping thousands of Americans get off the couch, successfully get outside, start walking safely and effectively launch much needed walking campaigns.
The American Nordic Walking System and SkiWalking.com offer 14 different lengths of poles - more than any other supplier in the USA and Canada. All poles come with a Perfect Length Guarantee, a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and a Lifetime Breakage Guarantee on the pole shafts.
The American Nordic Walking System website is: http://www.skiwalking.com
Additional Nordic Walking info can be found at the Nordic Walking Blog: http://nordicwalkingusa.blogspot.com
The Natural Health and Wellness Expo website: http://www.thenaturalhealthnetwork.net
For more information about The Nordic Walking Clinics call: 877-SKIWALKING or 877-754-9255.