|Nordic Walking originated in Finland in the 1930s so I can't really call it a "trend" can I?|
|Here are the gloves!|
Nordic Walking has been popular with Europeans since the 70's and is now gaining in popularity in North America. Where I get a little nervous is when the manufacturers start creating instructor certifications that only allow those with the course to teach the skill. Like everything else, the industry of exercise takes over and now you have Nordic Walking shoes, shirts, waterbottles, tights, and bumper stickers that say "Nordic Walkers do it with sticks" (I just made that up...in case you were wondering where my brilliant thoughts originate). You don't need a special instructor to coach you through this exercise. Grab some poles (I don't believe the cost is crazy).....and start walking. It may take some time to get used to the coordination of your gate and the stride of your arms, but you will. Be aware of your muscles and your posture and be sure your poles are the appropriate size for your height. Of course, after saying that, if there is a pole fitness class near you it is always a great idea to join a group (research shows that social support is one of the leading causes of exercise success).
|...and here is the T-Shirt!|
Below is a link to a website I came across. It offers a few references and some great tips on warm up and stretching technique in addition to the proper way to Nordic Walk.
Now...about that pole dancing...pole dance fitness has been around for about 8 years or so but hasn't really caught on in the mainstream fitness industry (I guess it must be uncomfy to workout in pasties and a thong). But that's another post for another time.....