June 1, 2013 | By Nadia
The Fitness Benefits of Nordic Walking
As a child, Shannon Smith spent years immersed in the competitive world of figure skating. But by the time she reached high school, she suffered from chronic lower back pain and had injured her hip from repetitive falls. Read more about how Urban Poling allowed her to remain active and healthy.
For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education