Guest Blog Post: Nordic Pole Walking: A Great Way to Get Fit!

A Free Exercise Clinic for Nordic Pole Walking is being held at RIM Park, Waterloo, August 15th from 1:30pm-3:30pm. All are welcome!

The event offers attendees the opportunity to engage in Nordic Pole Walking and receive information from professional instructors free of charge. Nordic Pole Walking programs and walking poles from Nordixx Canada will be available for purchase. A proportion of the proceeds will be donated to Exercise is Medicine Canada at the University of Waterloo.

What is Nordic Pole walking and what are the benefits?

Nordic Pole walking is a low-impact exercise that provides great benefits for health, wellness and fitness for people of all ages and fitness levels. Anyone can become a Nordic Pole Walker and instantly experience the benefits of poling.  Pole walking has been proven and validated through many scientific and clinical research studies to be a catalyst in improving your health, physical activity and rehabilitation.

Nordic Pole Walking was created in Finland in the early 1990s as a way for cross-country skiers to train during the summer months.  It was introduced as a low-impact form of exercise that involves walking with a pair of customized poles. The activity exploded across Europe in the 1990s and has grown to the point where today more than 20% of Finns and about 10-15 million Germans regularly pole walk. The basis is simple. Normal walking utilizes muscles in the lower half of the body while pole walking adds the use of your upper body muscles: your arms, back, shoulders and neck.  Pole walking turns your walk into a whole-body activity.  Numerous clinical studies show the vast benefits of pole walking, especially among seniors. Poling contributes to faster weight loss, better cardiovascular health and better posture.  Poling even helps people recovering from knee or hip surgery to get moving again through the support from the poles.

Some of the benefits of Nordic Pole Walking are:

  • Incorporates 90% of your body’s muscle (only 40% while walking without poles).
  • Increases cardiovascular workout and up to 46% higher calorie expenditure!
  • Reduces stress on your hips and knees through the support of the poles.
  • Improves posture and balance.
  • Lowers the perceived exertion of the workout compared to the actual exertion.
  • Improves upper body mobility.
  • Reduces upper back, neck and shoulder pains.
  • Suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels!

Edited by Erin Rellinger (UW WELL-FIT)

Insideout Physiotherapy & Wellness Group, 2015. Health Benefits of Nordic Pole Walking. Retrieved from