I encourage all of my clients to do daily physical activity. Walking is one exercise I frequently prescribe to my clients.
But lately I have been introducing Nordic Walking to many of my clients. If you are not familiar with Nordic Walking, I encourage you to check it out.
Much to my surprise, Nordic Walking has become more popular with my clients than I anticipated. I think there are several reasons why so many people like it.
- It encourages full body movement. Unlike traditional walking, Nordic Walking encourages movement in both your legs and arms. In fact your arms are very active participants in the walking movement.
- When you Nordic Walk you have two more contact points with the ground (as compared to traditional walking). This leads to more stability and reduces fall risk – a big confidence builder for clients with osteoporosis.
- I have clients that require an assistive device such as a cane. Many of them naturally dislike the use of a cane but are happy to use a fitness product like the Nordic Walkers.
- Finally, Nordic Walking can be a solo or social activity. Nordic Walking groups are springing up everywhere. Try one out!
If you feel Nordic Walking is something you would like to try but need someone to get you started on the right foot (sorry for the pun), feel free to contact me. I can provide consultation for choice of poles and how to use the poles.
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