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Nordic Ski Walking - The Facts

The American Nordic Walking System - Walking, Hiking and Trekking With Poles

Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in Europe!

Don't get scammed by cheap/flimsy 2-piece and 3-piece twist-lock and flip-lock collapsible poles claiming to be Nordic Walking Poles! Quality one-piece poles are safer, lighter and much more durable than twist-lock and flip-lock adjustable/telescoping/collapsible poles - especially those from China.

Also be sure that your poles have REAL Nordic Ski Walking Straps! The Salomon Ski Company holds the patents on the best straps and ALL of our SWIX and EXEL Nordic Walking Poles come equipped with REAL Nordic Walking Straps.

Only The American Nordic Walking System offers safe and effective instruction, plus quality one-piece poles custom fit to each individual's height.

Over EIGHT MILLION Europeans are Nordic Walking everyday - NO snow and NO skis required.
Look For REAL Nordic Walking Straps - comfortable and patented by the Salomon Ski Company! These are effective and the real deal.
Skiers Don't Use Adjustable Length Poles and neither should you! .
Don't get scammed by cheap twist-lock and flip-lock adjustable/telescoping/collapsible poles that vibrate, rattle and/or unexpectedly collapse.
SKIWALKING.COM's SWIX and EXEL fitness walking poles are very similar to the world's best cross country ski poles and are equipped with patented comfortable Nordic Walking straps, durable carbide tips for off-road Nordic Walking and removable natural rubber tips for Nordic Walking on hard surfaces (pavement).  We are the only source in North America with all sizes of SWIX and EXEL Nordic Walking Poles. We also are the only source for SWIX and EXEL Nordic Walking Tips/Asphalt Paws.
Nordic Walking burns up to 40% more calories than walking without poles. Nordic Walking also reduces knee and joint strain. Ski Walking naturally loosens & strengthens the neck, back and shoulders.
Unlike walking, running and biking, Nordic Walking works the arms, shoulder and abs.
Nordic Walking with the correct length poles automatically improves walking posture, puts a bounce in your step and lengthens your stride. Utilizing the correct length Nordic Walking Poles and proper technique, gently and naturally brings the walker’s hips forward and improves efficiency. Biomechanically this is all a good thing.
Cross-Country Skiing provides the ultimate aerobic workout. World class cross-country skiers have been seriously Ski Walking for years as a proven off season cross trainer. Nordic Walking provides the same great workout without snow and with minimal equipment (comfortable shoes & Nordic Ski Walking fitness poles).
Nordic Walking produces up to a 46% increase in energy consumption (Cooper Institute, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sports 2002 publication)
Nordic Walking has been used at the University of Wisconsin in the rehabilitation of patients after myocardial infarction (MI). In the MI study, the oxygen uptake increased on average 21% compared to walking without poles.
A study conducted at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst showed that using poles lets hikers lengthen their strides, put less strain on their knees, and generally feel more comfortable. The hikers studied did not expend less energy, but the increase in stability made long treks easier.
According to the Surgeon General, moderate and regular exercise, such as walking 3-5 times a week, for 20 to 30 minutes, is needed to maintain and improve health without increasing the risk of adverse effects, such as musculoskeletal injuries that may be associated with more vigorous exercise forms, such as jogging or running.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, increased physical activity can help prevent risk factors for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer.
According to the Physical Activity and Health Report by the Surgeon General, moderate regular exercise has been found to be associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases, some forms of cancer, and non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.
Nordic Walking provides ALL the low impact benefits of walking, while reducing knee and joint strain, burning more calories, working the upper body, increasing oxygen consumption and providing a more effective aerobic workout.

Dr. Christine Northrup Love Nordic Walking

Endorsement from Dr. Christiane Northrup:

My Nordic Ski Walking poles have been a terrific addition to my regular exercise program. I love the way they incorporate my upper body during a walk, thus giving me more strength-training and calorie burning for the time spent. I highly recommend them to everyone!

Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom (Bantam, 2005), The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, 2001), and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (Bantam, 1998)

Nordic Ski Walking was featured in the April 2006 Issue of Dr. Christiane Northrup's, Women's Health Wisdom. For more information about Dr. Northrup, as well as to receive a Free Issue of her Newsletter and E-letter, please visit

Nordic Walking FUN Facts: Over 8 million Europeans are Nordic Walking everyday!

Nordic Walking (Ski Walking) really is the best. It may look kinda funny (cross-country skiing without the skis and without the snow), but the results speak for themselves. I have hosted hundreds of successful Nordic Walking Clinics all across the USA and the results have always been the same – all participants have been extremely surprised at just how easy, fun, low impact and yet highly effective Nordic Walking really is.

As the owner/founder/coach of SKIWALKING.COM and The American Nordic Walking System I have had the privilege to introduce Nordic Walking to thousands of individuals of ALL ages & ALL fitness levels through my Nordic Walking Clinics, radio interviews, TV interviews and newspaper interviews. Participants in my Nordic Walking Clinics have included runners, cross country skiers, coaches, PT's, teachers, nurses, doctors, a real cowboy, a former pro football player, a retired LPGA competitor, great-grandparents, grandparents, moms & dads, school kids, weight watchers groups and folks with new knees, new hips, carpal tunnel, neck injuries, rotor cuff issues, back problems, MS, Parkinson’s and those with other types of situations that require low-impact workouts that are gentle on the weight bearing joints. The four-wheel-drive action of Nordic Walking also helps improve balance, decrease the pounding and increase stability.

World class cross-country skiers (the most aerobically fit athletes on the planet) have been seriously ski walking and hill bounding with poles for years as a proven off-season cross trainer. And now ALL ages and ALL fitness level have the opportunity to unlock the calorie burning and aerobic benefits of Nordic WALKING


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