Recently, I found a modification to exercise walking that helps make it an even more ideal form of exercise. It is referred to as “Pole Walking”, or “Nordic Walking” (with the use of the poles it looks something like cross country skiing). Whatever it’s called, the basics are the same. It is fitness walking with specially designed poles. And, it is the proper use of the poles that makes all the difference.
This form of walking was pioneered in the U. S. back in 1985 by cross country skier, ski coach, and long distance runner, Tom Rutlin. Because of some injuries, Tom was unable to use running as an off season form of conditioning for his competitive cross country skiing. He conceived the idea of using cross country ski poles to help him walk more efficiently and build his training base while lessening the impact on the injuries to his … Read the rest