Livestrong Acknowledges Nordic Walking

Lance Amstrong’s foundation’s website & its curious Nordic Walking article

I admire Lance Armstrong, not just for winning seven consecutive Tours de France but for doing so as a cancer survivor and since then, for supporting individuals and organizations doing battle with cancer and working to find a cure. I was gratified to find an article about Nordic Walking on the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s Livestrong website, but again, puzzled at the content. Called “How to Measure Nordic Walking Sticks” by Marie Mulrooney (who might or might not be the Marie Mulroomey from Anchorage), it sounds very British. “Sticks” instead of poles, centimeters instead of inches and so on.

The article is fine as far as it goes, and as I wrote, I’m happy that so important an organization paid any heed at all to Nordic Walking, but it never addresses what one does with sticks/poles once the measuring is complete, and it is illustrated by a surprising photo from Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images.

The man in front is using poles, but the five people of various sizes who are following him are pole-free. What’s that all about?


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4 thoughts on “Livestrong Acknowledges Nordic Walking”

  1. This is a very interesting blog. thanks for the information on nordic walking, I can truely admit when I clicked on the post I had no idea what nordic walking was. I love all of the livestrong stuff, and I support health and nutrition to the fullest, thanks for a great article and great blog, keep up the good work!

  2. Claire – you are right again with your comment about any press about Nordic Walking is good. Getting info out there, even if wrong info, is a good thing. I have no problem with poles being called sticks and no issue with cm vs inches, but I do have a problem when poor sizing advice is repeatedly given.

    EXEL Nordic Walking Poles originally suggested taking your height and multiplying by .68 to come up with the correct length poles. Even supposed Nordic Walking Experts have ignorantly printed that silly sizing suggestion in their books. Skiers know that different ski companies measure their skis and their poles differently. SWIX Nordic Walking Poles run shorter and originally suggested taking your height and multiplying by .7 to zero in on the perfect length poles.

    My vote is to get sized by an expert that will ensure that each individual when strapped into the Nordic Walking Straps and while standing tall the poles automatically put the elbow at about 90 degrees and the forearm parallel to the ground.

    As you know I dislike cheap/flimsy collapsible walking poles – especially those from China. I’m a huge fan of dependable and user friendly one-piece poles sized correctly from SWIX and EXEL.

    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.

    Regardless walking with poles is the best!

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