Pole-Walking For Seniors

Guest author - Sheri Simson "The Pole Lady"

I 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!

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 either. 

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.

Pole Walking (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 their 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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