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Nordic pole walking in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Nathan Coleman, Reporter
March 4, 2013 — Cross country skiing is an excellent full body winter workout -- but sport there's a new sport that's gaining popularity. It allows for the same workout, minus the snow.


This low-impact activity is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels
This low-impact activity is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels

Nordic pole walking is a low impact physical activity that's popular in Europe, and it's gaining traction in Canada as well.

Dr. Klaus Schwanbeck is promoting the sport that started as summer training by cross country skiiers.

He was first invited to share the physical benefits of Nordic pole walking at Sunny Brook Hospital in Toronto. Since then, hes seen a rising interest across the country.

One of the major benefits of walking with a pole is that it takes stress off the knee joints. It's suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, providing cardio and full body muscle training at the same time.

The exercise is about as taxing as a regular walk but it uses a wide array of muscles, so burns a lot of calories while improving posture.

It's an activity that continues to grow with every step.

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