Here is a wonderful and fun way to keep fit for older ladies.
As a cross country skier, I was immediately attracted to the idea of being able to follow a similar activity without skis.
Here in Canberra the Finnish Embassy held an information day on International Nordic Walking Day recently.
So after some brief instruction I was off to my favourite outdoor shop for some poles.
I started out thinking this would be easy, and as usual for me, completely over did it and gave myself a rotator cuff injury that stopped me walking with poles for several days.
I bought a book “Nordic Walking for Total Fitness, by Suzanne Nottingham and Alexandra Jurasin. The authors give excellent advice on the steps to learning good technique, and to take it slowly – allowing up to 8 weeks too become proficient.
I have lumbar spine issues and found myself with a very aching and stuff back after the first few walks. I think from the rotational movement that I’m not used to. If you have a back issue you will know what I mean, reducing movement to protect the injury leads to stiffness.
I also have an old knee injury, so am wearing a knee brace to protect that until I get fitter.
If you decide to try Nordic Walking, I recommend starting slowly to avoid injury, and developing some good technique. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.