This post was contributed by Trevor:
I needed to lose weight and, after some research, decided that Nordic Walking would be the best way for me to exercise. What appealed to me was the low impact, fun way in which I could achieve a good workout for my whole body and not just my legs.
I surfed the net and discovered the Nordic Walking US website. The site is full of useful information and seemed to be a friendly place to be. I liked the personable way in which the site was constructed, obviously by people who truly cared about this sport and wanted to share it with the world.
I ordered a pair of Swix Nordic Poles model CT-2 with the Twist&Go tips. These poles are lightweight with the added plus that the tips can be flipped around to enable walking on hard surfaces such as asphalt or soft surfaces such as trail or grass etc.
The poles arrived and I started to walk April 1st. 2006.
My weight at that time was 127 kilos, blood pressure 175/99. That first day I walked .75 mile in 46 minutes. Today, April 15th. My weight is 124.4 kilos, blood pressure 137/79 and I walked 1 mile in 30 minutes.
Additionally I am out in nature breathing FRESH air working my whole body in a low impact manner. I can Nordic Walk anywhere. I thought that I would have a hard time exercising everyday but I truly look forward to walking every morning.
The bonus with Nordic Walking is that the poles lessen the strain on my back and knees, something I have had problems with for years. My back and knees actually feel better for the workout!
I am a believer in Nordic Walking-it works! Marek at Nordic Walking US has been superb in his support with a couple of problems I had,often replying to my e mails within the hour or less.
I am not given to write these sort of “blogs”, however, I really want people to know that this is a great way to exercise for those of us that have been inactive for too long!
Thanks Marek and thanks Nordic Walking US !