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Nordic Walking Poles

Nordic Walking Poles, now available at your public library! All you need is your PARL library card!

What is Nordic Walking & Nordic Walking Poles?

Nordic Walking is a highly effective low-impact fitness activity that offers the highest benefits for weight control and wellness.

Nordic Walking Poles have a glove-like hand straps that encircle your wrist (and a thumb hole) and full size rubber feet enable you to incorporate over 90% of all your body muscles as you walk.

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library has 14 pairs of Nordixx Nordic Walking Poles, available to library patrons to borrow with your PARL library card! This service was made possible with a Walkabilities grant from the Nova Scotia Heart & Stroke Foundation.

The logic of Nordic Walking is simple. Normal walking utilizes muscles in the lower half of the body while pole walking is a whole-body activity that uses muscles in the back, arms, shoulders and neck. The more muscles you work out, the more calories you burn; the more blood sugar you burn down; the more your metabolism is enhanced by using the poles.

Numerous clinical studies show vast benefits of pole walking. While using poles contributes to faster weight loss, increased heart and cardiovascular health, even better posture, the activity is also of benefit for people recovering from knee or hip surgery. Biomechanical studies show the poles take off load from your knee and hip joints. You have up to 30 per cent less impact on knee joints and hips when you walk with poles.

(Adapted information from the Nordic Walking Nova Scotia webpage. For more information about Nordic Walking, please visit, http://nordicwalkingnovascotia.ca/NPW.htm)