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Nordic walking clinic in Traverse City

Sat, Nov  15, 2008 - By Pete Edwards

Traverse City, MI. Walking with special hiking poles (Nordic Ski Walking Poles) is the fastest growing fitness activity in Europe and free Nordic Ski Walking Clinics are coming to Traverse City's Hagerty Insurance Health And Wellness Fair. The Nordic Walking Clinics are open to the public on Tuesday, November 18th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Participants will learn about the many benefits of walking with real Nordic Walking Poles. Participants will also have the opportunity to demo real Nordic Walking Poles that will be sized specifically for each individual's height - all sizes will be available to test drive. One-piece poles are safer, lighter and much more durable than cheap twist-locking adjustable length/telescoping/collapsible poles.

These Nordic Walking Clinics at Hagerty Insurance will be hosted by Glen Arbor, Michigan's Pete Edwards - owner/founder/coach of the American Nordic Walking System and SkiWalking.com. Edwards' Nordic Walking Clinics are open to All ages and All fitness levels. Successful participants often include athletes, runner with knee issues, seniors, individuals with balance issues (including MS, Parkinson's, Neuropathy and Post Polio), individuals with weight issues and individuals with shin, knee, hip and/or back issues - including new knees, new hips, rods in the back, arthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis and other challenges. Individuals that use canes and/or walkers often find that Nordic Walking Poles are much more comfortable and stable than their cane or walker. If you feel comfortable pushing a shopping cart, then Nordic Walking Poles typically provide even more support and much improved balance, stability and versatility.

Over 6 million Europeans are walking with poles. Walking with the correct length poles and proper technique burns up to 40% more calories than regular walking.

Perfect length poles help us to automatically walk with a super straight back - better walking posture is biomechanically a good thing. This improved walking posture when combined with the unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action of walking with poles radically reduces the stress to the shins, knees, hips and back. Nordic Walking is low impact.

Real Nordic Walking Poles are equipped with comfortable fingerless glove type straps, durable metal tips (for use on trails, the beach, snow and ice) and special rubber tips that are removable and designed for use on pavement and other hard surfaces.

According to Nick Mahood, SWIX USA Nordic Walking Director, "Pete Edwards, of the American Nordic Walking System and SkiWalking.com, has single handedly introduced thousands of Americans to Nordic Walking through his enthusiastic Nordic Walking Clinics! I have no doubt that Edwards is the #1 retailer of Nordic Walking Poles in the USA! You can quote me on that!"