Learn the Proper Nordic Walking Form to Maximize Health Benefits and Weight Loss
1. With the Ski Walking Poles strapped on, the fingers super loose (don’t squeeze the pole grips), the arms relaxed and down at your side and the poles angled back, start walking without even moving your arms – just let them hang straight down. Allow the rubber pole tips to drag along the ground behind you. Don’t bend your arms.
*Try this for 10-20 feet.
2. Now, start to gradually bend your arms – just like you would while casually walking. Continue to let the rubber pole tips drag behind. Keep the fingers super loose. When your right foot comes forward, so does your left hand.
*Try this for 20-30 feet.
3. Fantastic! Keep those fingers really relaxed, poles angled back, and start to push back on the poles by using the strap – don’t grip the pole, apply pressure into the cradle of the straps to help push and propel you along. Feel the pressure from the heel of your hand. You should feel the pushing starting to really work your arms. There is no need to drag the poles – I tell the skiers that I coach to pretend they are poking Snow Snakes.
*Take as much time as you need with this one – 100 feet or around the block.
4. Great! You are now ready to take full advantage of the straps (don’t statically squeeze the poles – keep the fingers relaxed) and stop dragging the rubber tips on the ground. It is okay to guide the poles with one finger. Start lifting the pole tips off the ground after each pole plant. The lead pole never goes further ahead than the opposing lead foot’s heel. And the poles are always slightly angled back. The motion isn’t out in front (except for balance when negotiating a log, the curb, ice patch, steep downhill, ………). Remember – DON’T squeeze the poles! Feel free to guide the poles with your little finger or index finger. You should be on auto-pilot! Keep up the good work! Please call or email with any questions, suggestions and/or comments. Have FUN!