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Nordic Walking with Hoigaard's

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
2 & 6 p.m.
Oswald Visitor Center

Learn Techniques of Nordic Walking

If you've seen groups of people striding around city lakes swinging ski poles, you've witnessed one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the country - Nordic Walking.

Invented in Finland in the 1930s by cross-country skiers who wanted to stay in shape during the warmer months, millions of Scandinavians and Central Europeans today are seeing the health benefits of turning a simple walk into a full body workout.

Research shows that using walking poles increases upper body strength, heart rate, caloric burn and endurance, while enhancing stability, reducing stress on knees, and releasing neck and shoulder tension. (In Germany, their purchase is covered by insurance companies as a health care expense!)

Hoigaard's will on hand four times during the spring and summer at the Arboretum to demonstrate the use of Nordic walking poles. They will be bringing 30 pairs of poles to use, free of charge. Check in at the Information Desk in the Oswald Visitor Center when you arrive to learn the exact location of the demonstrations. First come, first served.

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Nordic Walk for a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit! *

Nordic Walking is fun, it's easy and it's a great activity to share with friends. The simple addition on poles connecting you to the earth with every step turns your daily walk into a total body workout. Recent studies show a connection between daily walking and an active mind and healthy memory. Walk tall and enjoy the natural rhythm of Nordic Walking while receiving all of these added benefits:

  1. Anyone can do it!
  2. Adds stability and balance creating confidence for daily walking
  3. Standing tall and straight increases postural awareness and back health
  4. Supports the lower joints; ankles, knees, hips and lower back
  5. Increases your heart rate 12-15 beats per minute over normal walking
  6. Uses up to 90 percent of your body's muscles, burning more calories
  7. It's a bone-density-building exercise for your upper body
  8. Causes deeper breathing, enabling better oxygen consumption
  9. The natural rhythm becomes a moving meditation
  10. It's done outdoors, so you can reconnect with the natural world

*Courtesy of Hoigaard's