Glen Arbor, MI, November 28, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Over six million Europeans are Nordic Ski Walking every day (all ages and all fitness levels). This amazing new fitness activity that turbo charges the normal walking campaign. Not only does Nordic Walking burn up to 40% more calories than regular walking, it automatically improves walking posture and helps to reduce the stress to the shins, knees, hips and back. Utilizing the correct length poles encourages improved walking posture, while the poles, the special Nordic Ski Walking straps and your arms absorb an impressive amount of the shock that would typically hit the shins, knees, hips and back. Nordic Ski Walking is ideal for athletes, kids, adults of all ages and even folks with balance issues, back issues, new knees and/or new hips.
Three years ago Pete Edwards launched SkiWalking.com and the American Nordic Walking System
. Right away the new business received hundreds of thank you emails and thank you cards from happy customers. One lady called during the fall of 2004 and asked if the poles would help improve her balance problems stemming from an inner ear issue. At the time there were no success stories specific to her predicament. By using the correct length poles she was able to navigate even the roughest terrain with balance and security provided by the poles. She has been successfully using the Ski Walking for three years now.
While hosting Nordic Walking at The Fitness Center in Traverse City, Michigan, Edwards was introduced to Michelle Honer. Michelle had signed up to participate in one of his Nordic Ski Walking Classes. When she walked up the handicap ramp prior to the class with her cane it was apparent that she had some balance issues and she informed her classmates that she had MS. Her 1st Ski Walk was only a few blocks down and back. Within several weeks we were covering about 2 miles in one hour.
For seven prior years Michelle had ridden an electric scooter in the Traverse City MS Walk. The last couple years Michelle has Ski Walked the 5K (3.1 miles). Local newspapers and TV stations have covered her remarkable story.
"My special Nordic Walking poles have allowed me to walk taller, faster, further and with much more stability than with my cane. Their one-piece design is so much better than my old adjustable poles that broke unexpectedly at an extremely inconvenient time,” says Michelle.
Michelle’s success with the walking poles encouraged Edwards to host free Nordic Ski Walking Clinics at MS Support Group meetings. She suggested that Edwards also contact the Jimmie Heuga Center in Colorado. The Heuga Center is dedicated to helping those with MS lead healthier and happier lives.
Here are a couple wonderful comments from happy customers:
I just returned from a 14-day trip to London and Ireland. I was able to do almost everything using my ski poles or "walking sticks" as they call them in England and Ireland. I could not have considered this trip without my "walking sticks" and I am grateful for them. I hope all Parkinson's patients will be able make use of " walking sticks".
Again, thanks for making my once in a lifetime adventure a reality.
We've been Ski Walking everyday, I was truly amazed at watching Linda, if didn't know that she has MS and the related gate problems that most MS patients have, I would not have believed it! She walks "normal" what ever that is? Your poles are great!
My husband bought me your poles for my birthday last week. I love them. I have MS and walk with a slight limp and my balance is off sometimes. I am now walking in the park at a brisk walk every day for about 1 1/2 miles. Thank you so much. They make a big difference in my walking. I told him they are the best birthday present he has ever bought me. Thanks again.
Sounds like magic, but it is just good physics. The key is using correct length poles.
Perfect length poles help us to automatically walk with a super straight back - better walking posture is biomechanically a good thing. This improved walking posture when combined with the unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action of walking with poles radically reduces the stress to the shins, knees, hips and back. Nordic Walking is low impact and yet provides a highly effective workout - burning more calories and working more muscle groups than regular walking.
Real one-piece Nordic Ski Walking poles won’t collapse unexpectedly. One-piece poles are safer, lighter and much more durable than cheap twist-locking adjustable/telescoping/collapsible poles. Twist-locking adjustable/telescoping/collapsible poles should never be recommended for anyone with a balance issue. Hundreds of backpackers have tumbled when their telescoping poles unexpectedly collapsed, causing severe injuries.
Launch your Nordic Ski Walking Campaign today.