What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is a fitness activity that incorporates walking with the addition of specially designed walking poles.
Walking with Nordic Walking poles incorporates the use of the arms and upper body, allowing you to perform a full-body workout with lower impact and less effort than other fitness activities.
Walking Poles can be beneficial to individuals with limitations on their ability to walk for exercise. Poles can provide stability and balance as well as the ability to off-load some of the weight from the lower body.
In 2012 I had a fun vacation in Nicaragua, where I got to do a lot of walking, hiking, and even repelled down a cliff-face and jumped into the ocean for a “refreshing” swim to our guide’s boat. On that trip I learned that all of the gym workouts I had been doing the last two years had done wonders for my strength, but certainly not enough for my endurance.
When I got back from vacation I started researching additional activities that could give me what I was missing. I ran across Nordic Walking classes where I lived in Minneapolis, was intrigued, and tried it out. In a nutshell:
I fell in love with Nordic Walking!
About North Shore Nordic Walking
When I relocated to Evanston, I was unable to find any Nordic Walking group in the area, or even any other Nordic Walkers so I decided to start my own group. And thus North Shore Nordic Walking began!
I got certified as a Nordic Walking Instructor through ANWA (American Nordic Walking Association) in 2014. My instructor from Minneapolis was kind enough to help me out by providing walking poles she had gotten from a retired instructor, and Meetup provided my first walkers.
I was certified as a Personal Trainer by NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine) in December 2015, and now in 2016 I will be expanding from teaching Nordic Walking to coaching Fitness Walking, Mobility Walking, Hiking and Nordic Trail Hiking, and many applicable tips and techniques. Check out the site for descriptions of all of the walking opportunities and classes I will be offering.
Come try out one of my free sessions and see what it’s all about, or e-mail me with questions.