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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press; Original edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578262690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578262694
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...A reassuring read for anyone who may be starting their personal Nordic Walking journey. There is nothing intimidating here . . . very well researched and infomed."
--Malcom Jarvis, Nordic Walking News

"...A balanced and authoritative overview of Nordic Walking that fills in many of the details and background left out in other works . . . [This] book should absolutely be the first stop on any Nordic Walking adventure for beginners or seasoned pros alike."
--Rhett Hatfield, Nordic Walking Iowa

About the Author

Claire Walter is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fitness and Scuba Diving: A Woman’s Guide, and a frequent contributor to leading national and regional magazines. Claire was early to write about snowshoeing, a little-known sport that quickly mushroomed, and her book Snowshoeing Colorado is now in its third edition. Claire lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband.

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Award-winning author Claire Walter has written books about skiing, snowshoeing and Colorado's vibrant culinary scene for Fulcrum. Honors include two Lowell Thomas Awards from Colorado Ski Country USA, CSCUSA's Freelance Writer of the Year Award, three Soc

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John A. Lefcourte VINE VOICE on October 8, 2013
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I've recently gotten into Nordic Walking. I learned the technique from reading information provided with my poles and by watching on-line videos. Having Cross-country skied, extensively, it wasn't very hard for me to pick up. However, since I do my walking on uneven dirt trails I was interested in learning how the "experts" recommend it be done. The Nordic Walking technique is really designed for walking in open flat areas where the arms and poles can swing freely so when walking on trails, brush and rocks alongside the trails, as well as rocks and stones on the trails, make it necessary to modify the technique.

I purchased two books on Nordic Walking based upon the reviews on Amazon. This one and and the same title by Malin Svensson. Both are very similar in so far as they are boosters for the sport and spend much time trying to convince the reader how beneficial it is. Both have reviews of Nordic Walking equipment and recommendations as to what to look for in the equipment. Since both were written in 2009, some of the specific equipment is no longer available and newer equipment is. The info on poles is important, the rest of the information on shoes and other equipment less so. Since Nordic Walking is walking, the reality is that any clothing appropriate to walking, including shoes, will work for Nordic walking.

Of course the books explain the technique of Nordic Walking which is really simpler than it is made out to be and which, as I stated, can be learned from on-line videos.

Both have sections on appropriate warm-up exercises which sport fitness experts now say are actually bad for you.

I was very excited to see that Svensson had a separate chapter titled "Nordic Trail Walking" which sounded like just what I wanted to know.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Rediess on June 6, 2010
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Great Book to purchase for anyone interested in the sport of Nordic Walking. The book contains clear and concise information that comes from varied credible resources. A friend of mine purchased the book, I borrowed it, and decided I needed to add "Nordic Walking: The Complete Guide to Health, Fitness, and Fun," to my library. The book contains exercises for stretching, what the sport is and not, nutrition information, purchasing poles, and if a person is going to develop further interest in the sport, the book has information for entering Marathons held across the country. Glad I added the book to my library.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By George D. Smith on October 18, 2009
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The simplest form of exercise is walking. But capitalism has a way of marketing everything, and shrewd fitness-entrepreneurs have converted brisk walking into a new sport-Nordic Walking. According to this book, to become a Nordic Walker, you need to do more than just slip on your beat-up brogues and take the trusty old hiking stick in hand out for a brisk walk. Nordic walking requires special gear: maybe a 100$ set of Nordic Walking poles along with an equally expensive pair of special shoes. Of course you can now add in a few dozen costly training sessions with a certified trainer if you really want to get good. You get my point.
Without knowing it, I have been Nordic Walking for years. I often walk with poles. I use a pair of cross-country ski poles that outlived the skis. I hammered a pair of rubber crutch tips onto the sawed off ends. They are a bit heavier than the expensive carbon/metal alloy jobs you can buy from the many advertisers in this guide, but the idea is to work the upper body, so I figure the extra weight is an advantage. Adding an upper body workout to your brisk, aerobic walk may be sound. You can do it with 100$ poles, 2$ broomsticks, or hand weights. Whatever.
This book devotes pages and pages to the value of exercise, in case you didn't know that we Americans need more. Then it has many more pages of shopping opportunities with updated brand names: poles, shoes, clothing, gimmicks, videos, and training programs, for example. Most of us are attracted to fitness programs because we don't like the way we look in the mirror. Too fat. Too flabby. Unable to move it. All good reasons to embark on a fitness program. Well do you really believe that $1000 of gear is going to change any of that? Too fat? Cut back on the calories. Too flabby?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rhett H. Hatfield on September 7, 2009
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I would highly recommend this book as the best book out there for persons new to Nordic Walking. It gives an excellent broad over view of technique from several different perspectives not just one like all other books and includes great tips and resources for equipment, trails and so much more. Highly recommended by someone who has literally read every book out there.
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