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2019年6月11日 (火)

Think of Nordic walking as cross-country skiing

Think of Nordic walking as cross-country skiing (one of the best forms of
aerobic exercise) without the snow, skis, and long underwear.The poles allow you
to walk faster, but put less stress on the knees and reduce impact on the leg.
People usually feel a bit odd at first, but it's very safe, recommended
especially for those with balance problems. Thus Nordic walking is often
recommended in injury rehabilitation, for those with muscle pain from arterial
disease, and for older walkers in general.The poles provide upper-body exercise,
which strengthens back and shoulder muscles, as well as the torso and arms, and
helps build upper-body bone density.

 

What's the point?

Walking with poles, according to researchers at the
Cooper Institute in Dallas, typically burns about 40% more calories than walking
without poles.

In addition to the poles, you'll need good walking shoes, of course.Poles are
definitely a boon if you are hiking or backpacking, especially on steep or
uneven terrain. Some health clubs offer Nordic walking classes. It's not hard to
learn pole walking-you can teach yourself.

It's a basic marching rhythm: your right foot swings forward and you plant
the pole with the left arm; then the left foot and the right arm. Some have
angled rubber-covered tips called paws. Nordic walking is already a popular
exercise in Finland and is catching on gradually in this country.

Their length can be adjusted, depending on your height and Drive
system -swing-arm
the terrain. Most of the poles come with a basic
instruction booklet. Thus, a 155-pound person who walks with poles for 30
minutes five days a week would burn 10,600 extra calories annually, compared
with just walking.

The poles used for Nordic walking are made of lightweight aluminum, titanium,
and other metals-they look like ski poles.

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A growing number of scientific studies have underlined the benefits as well.
They have cork or rubber hand grips, and some have mesh straps with a
quick-release mechanism in case you want to free your hands. Any sporting-goods
store that carries hiking equipment should have them, and they range in cost
from $70 to $200 per pair. That's enough to burn off an extra three
pounds.Walking with poles raises heart rate more than regular walking, and yet
volunteers in studies perceive the workout as less strenuous than regular
walking

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