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Nordic Walking: The Complete Guide to Health, Fitness, and Fun Paperback – June 30, 2009
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--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
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›