The 2009 World Diabetes Day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14th. And Nordic Walking should be promoted as an ideal option for those with diabetes that want to live a healthier lifestyle. Additional info about World Diabetes Day can be found at: http://www.worlddiabetesday.org
World Diabetes Day was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the alarming rise in diabetes around the world. "Diabetes education and prevention" is the World Diabetes Day theme for 2009. Contact the International Diabetes Federation for more information: http://www.idf.org
Those of us that have embraced Nordic Walking as a part of our healthy lifestyle know the many benefits of walking with poles. Many of our customers at SKIWALKING.COM and The American Nordic Walking System have shared with us their personal success against diabetes and/or neuropathy.
Walking with Nordic Walking Poles really does help to burn more calories than regular walking – up to 40% more calories! Most Americans prefer a more casual, but still effective, version of Nordic Walking – burning around 20% more calories than walking without poles (doable for almost any age and an fitness level).
Not only does Nordic Walking burn up more calories than regular walking, the use of the perfect length poles and correct technique automatically helps to improve walking posture and help to reduce the stress to the shins, knees, hips and back. Utilizing the correct length poles encourages improved walking posture, while the poles and your arms absorb an impressive amount of the shock that would typically hit the shins, knees, hips and back. Nordic Walking is ideal for athletes, kids, and adults of all ages and even folks with balance issues.
Nordic Walking’s winning combination of improved posture, a unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action and shock absorbing benefits are 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.
We have proven repeated success working with individuals with weight and/or balance issues. The poles radically improve balance, stability and gait. We have donated poles to numerous University Studies researching the benefits of walking with one-piece poles for not only diabetics, but cardiac issues, balance, stability and gait issues. I personally love hosting free Nordic Walking Clinics for multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's (PD) and diabetes support groups, Wounded Warrior programs and weight management classes at hospitals, TOPS and Weight Watchers. We have received hundreds of super positive testimonies from all of these groups. Many from those that utilize canes and/or walkers, but find that the Perfect Length Poles are a huge improvement over their canes and walkers.
Physical activity is key to good health and Nordic Walking could help millions with diabetes exercise more effectively. For more information about launching your safe and effective Nordic Walking Campaign with durable and user-friendly one-piece poles call: 877-SKIWALKING or 877-754-9255.
Seniors and individuals with balance issues should avoid cheap twist-lock/flip-lock adjustable length/telescoping/collapsible poles. As a ski coach it is obvious to me that one-piece poles sized correctly will prove to be safer, lighter and much more durable than cheap twist-lock and/or flip-lock poles.
As with any new fitness activity consult your doctor first and start out with moderation.