- Sheri Simson "The Pole Lady"
was 42 years old when I had transformed my overweight and out of shape
body and lost 30 lbs (in 6 short months) by just using Walking Poles -
yet I found myself a little confused and hurt. Everyone that I told
about this “secret” European fitness phenomenon found it interesting –
but for some reason wouldn’t consider it for themselves. Interesting
enough though they couldn’t wait to tell their Moms or Dads about it!
was, and still is, amazing to me how a cross-training exercise for
Olympic cross-country ski athletes can be seen as an activity only for
old or injured people?
It’s surprising how many people out there
let this stigma stop them from even giving Pole Walking a try. I’ve
even had seniors over 80 say “I don’t need help walking” . . . Well I
can assure you Olympic cross-country ski athletes certainly don’t
Pole Walking originated back as the 1930’s, when
the cross country ski coaches of Finland were struggling to keep their
athletes in peak performance during the off season.
(also known as Nordic Walking) isn’t new – it’s just relatively new to
North America. So it is understandable that it is still seen as a
mystery to many why anyone would want to walk around with a pair of
poles (resembling ski poles) in their hands, without skis strapped to
their feet or snow on the ground.
Though Pole Walking is
literally for everyone from the casual, average walker to the more
serious, athletic walker - the people who seem to be most instantly and
naturally attracted to it are 55 to 75 year old (with a large amount of
happy, healthy 75 to 98 olds as well).
I think the reason for
this is that most people in this age category already love to walk.
They walk socially, for fun or for exercise, so adding Poles simply
makes sense. Plus once they find out that Pole Waking makes walking
more beneficial (increasing their cardio by 20% and their calorie burn
by up to 48%) and that it actually takes less effort to do and is
easier on the body (lessening the impact with which they hit the ground
by 26% - a huge bonus if you have any back, hip, knee, ankle or feet
challenges) – then it’s not surprising they are excited & can’t
wait to get going.
Walking with Poles gives you a wonderfully
tall feeling - naturally aligning their spine & strengthening
core while engaging over 50% more muscles than if they were walking
without Poles. This in particular helps burn the unwanted back-fat and
floppy-arms that all mature women hate!
It’s funny how this
professional athletic cross-training exercise is seen as an activity
for old or injured people. Well, I say “too bad” for those younger
people who don’t realize that it isn’t and, “way to go” for those
lucky, open minded, older (smart) folks who are willing to give it a
try! Walk – on everyone!
SHERI SIMSON, aka The Pole Lady is
a “Pole Walking Enthusiast” and a “Health & Fitness Authority.”
Check out this unique & simple, wonderful way of walking by
watching her FREE How-to Videos at www.keenfit.com
or by calling toll-free 1-877-533-6348
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