Great article about Nordic Ski Walking was posted at the Huffington Post! Malin is one of the top Nordic Walking professionals here in the USA.
My approach to teaching Nordic Walking is based on the benefits of Ski Walking with poles, Hill Bounding with poles and the European Nordic Walking method and merging the best of these activities with what I've learned from coaching runners and skiers for over 25 years. The American Nordic Walking System is all about good biomechanics (NO leaning) and proves to be safe and effective regardless of age or fitness levels. Here at WWW.SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System there are three basic levels - casual Level 1 burns about 20% more calories than regular walking, Level 2 includes a full arm extension and burns 30% more calories than regular walking and Level 3 includes the full arm extension and pressure into the cradle of our comfortable patented Nordic Walking straps.
There is a level of intensity and exertion that will work effectively for any age and any fitness level - including those with balance, stability and gait issues. Nordic Walking is no longer just for expert skiers deprived of snow. I especially love hosting free Nordic Walking classes for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's (PD) and Diabetes support groups, plus Wounded Warriors Programs.
WWW.SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System has donated hundreds of pairs of poles to Wounded Warriors Programs. We also exclusively promote and recommend durable and user-friendly one-piece poles that are sized correctly - we offer 16 different lengths. Our SWIX and EXEL Nordic Walking Poles prove to be safer, lighter and much stronger than cheap/flimsy 2-piece and 3-piece twist-lock and flip-lock collapsible poles.
Runners and walkers can both benefit from using real Nordic Walking Poles - burning more calories, working more muscle groups and radically reducing the stress to the weight bearing joints. I have been coaching runners and skiers for over 25 years and walking with poles has provided an effective warm-up for my athletes and also been an ideal option for anyone suffering from shin splints, runners knee or other stress related injuries.
Link to the original Nordic Walking article that appeared in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-s-brown/can-a-walking-workout-rea_b_779813.html
Walking and running with poles is the best!