Department of Misinformation XVIII

Another blog has declares Nordic Walking to be “new” and offers questionable equipment advice

From “Home Living News,” a UK blog by a ‘team of homemakers, gardeners, landscapers, coffee enthusiasts, chefs, and do-it-yourself home improvement specialists comes this tidbit of misinformation” from Lindsey, who just discovered it::

A Giant Step Towards Health: Nordic Walking Techniques

“Nordic walking is a new revolutionary technique that enhances the way people work out. It uses two walking poles that propel the person along, ensuring an upper and lower body workout. The walker takes big lunging steps forward, getting the quad muscles working. It’s becoming popular among personal trainers, gyms and physiotherapists worldwide.”

Nordic Walking is not new, as I wrote as a comment to that post. Nordic Walking does not require “big lunging steps.” If the prime muscle benefit were working the quads, leg lifts would arguably be more effective. And as for “become popular…worldwide,” we can only hope that its worldwide popularity increasing. When I see how much Nordic Walking (and generally walking) activity takes place in the UK, I can see how Lindsey would infer that it is more global.

Then there is the “Home Living News”  paragraph of equipment information:

“All these techniques make use of walking poles. The poles should be suited to the person – one that is too big or small might potentially cause an injury, so before you start, get a customised walking pole. Shoes are also an important accessory to avoid injury. Hiking boots are comfortable and offer loads of support.”

True, the poles “should be suited to the person,”  but efficiency and comfort are more of an issue than the injury-causing potential. There is no mention of the fact that correct pole size is possible by adjusting variable-length poles to the correct size or by using correctly sized fixed-length poles. And hiking boots? Not under most circumstances. Nordic Walking shoes? Yes, if available. Otherwise, walking shoes or trail-running — or other running shoes in that order of preference. But hiking boots? Preferably not.

The post is worth clicking on if only for an endearing image of two ladies walking on a pretty riverside path. At least one is wearing a skirt and one has a large purse slung across her shoulders. I

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