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Nordic Walking Guide

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Even a beginning exerciser can burn up to 30 percent more calories while walking by using poles.

Nordic Walking Facts

  • You can blast more than 500 calories an hour, almost as many as you would while jogging, but with significantly less impact on your joints.
  • You'll sculpt a leaner upper body. Each time you push off the pole, you work your arms, chest, shoulders, and back, as well as your abs, legs, and butt. Nordic walking also strengthens your heart and helps you lose weight.
  • It's a hit with women new to exercise. Participation is growing rapidly as more classes pop up across the country and as companies promote the workout to nonathletic types. To locate an instructor near you, log on to or And to watch the technique in action, visit

Are you a runner looking for a low-impact cross-training plan? Check out our special "Nordic Walking for Runners" plan.

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