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Nordic Pole Fitness Winter Walking Groups

Meeting 12 months of the year!!

You can join any day of the year!

Pay per session or pay per walk!!


Walking with others gives you the encouragement and motivation to meet your goals

while making new friends and having fun!



July / August Sessions for 2017

Beginner/Intermediate Morning Walking Groups!!

Walking with others gives you the encouragement and motivation to meet your goals while making new friends and having fun!


Tuesday Morning Nordic Pole "Fitness" Walk

Where: Sheppard’s Bush, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 7B3

We park in the south parking lot off of Industrial Parkway beside the soccer fields.

Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am (muscle conditioning, yoga stretching & nutritional hints)

Summer: July 4 – August 15, 2017

Price: $70.00 incl. HST J for 7 walks


Thursday Morning Nordic Pole "Fitness" Walk

Where: Sheppard’s Bush, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 7B3

We park in the sound parking off of Industrial Parkway beside the open soccer fields.

Time: 8:30 – 10:30 am (muscle conditioning, yoga stretching & nutritional hints)

Summer: July 6 – August 17, 2017

Price: $70.00 incl. HST J for 7 walks

$12 for a Single Walk Fee or a Guest Fee

Pre-Requisits :-)
Have attended a Free Nordic Pole walking clinic
Love to Nordic Pole walk and have fun!!
Own your own poles
Can easily walk for 1 hour


*Guest or single walk fee is $12.00 per walk


Nordic Pole Walking / Frequently Asked Questions (The Ultimate Nordic Pole Walking Book)


What equipment do I need?  You will need a pair of Nordic Poles and walking or running shoes.  When walking in snow a good pair of walking boots will help keep you warm and dry.  Make sure they are flexible and purchase a pair of  “Stabilicers” for walking on slippery surfaces.

Where can I Nordic Pole walk?  Nordic Pole walking can be performed on literally any surface, just about everywhere.  On hard surfaces (pavement) you will use the rubber tips.  On clay, sand, soil, grass, snow and ice you will remove the rubber tips.

Which parts of my body are being trained/exercised?  Nordic Pole walking trains and exercise 90% of your body muscles (600+ muscles), the cardiovascular system and also burns calories – all in ONE exercise.

How does Nordic Pole walking affect my upper body? Nordic Pole walking involves approximately 90% of your muscles and engages your upper body and arm muscles.

Is Nordic Pole walking effective for Cardiovascular training also?  Nordic Pole walking increases your heart rate by approximately 15 beats per minute compared to regular fitness walking.

How does Nordic Pole walking lead to improved posture?  Nordic Pole walking leads to stabilization in the spinal musculature and upright body posture by the very nature of the exercise.

How many Calories are burned while Nordic Pole walking?  Nordic Pole walking burns up to 45% more calories per minute compared to regular fitness walking.

What are some other health benefits of Nordic Pole walking?  Nordic Pole walking significantly increases the lateral mobility of your neck and spine.  It also reduces the impact on your knee and hip joints by 30%.  Walking with poles also mitigates the pain and muscle tension in your neck, shoulder and back regions.

What is the difference between Nordic walking poles and ski/hiking or trekking poles?  The hand loops on Nordic Poles are specially designed to perform the correct technique to benefit the upper body muscles including your abdominals, oblique muscles, Latissimus dorsi and tricep muscles.   





The History of
Nordic Pole Walking

 Nordic Pole Walking originated in Finland and dates back to the early part of the 20th century.  To stay in great physical condition all year long cross country skiers used their ski poles during the warming months as their snow-free exercise.

In 1985 it was thought that if rubber tips were put onto the ski poles then those Nordic pole walkers could experience the same upper body conditioning while walking as a cross country skier did skiing. It is well documented that Cross Country Skiing is the most effective physical exercise for cardiovascular improvement and total body muscle strengthening and now Nordic Pole Walkers are able to gain the same health benefits while walking.

The term “Nordic Walking” came into being in 1997 when a Finnish ski equipment manufacturer, in cooperation with athletes and sports medicine experts, developed a fitness walking pole with an innovative wrist strap system.  The wrist strap is the key component to the Nordic Pole Walking technique and allows the walker to access the full range of associated physical and health-related benefits.

Nordic Pole Walking has developed into a wonderful all-in-one exercise that not only develops good physical and muscular conditioning but it is also a safe and effective form of exercise for every one of all ages and fitness levels.  It is proving to be a fun, social, safe and very efficient way to exercise.

The Benefits of Walking in general

Increase your energy level

Enhance your well being

Help you relax and sleep better

Help you manage your body weight, reduce body fat and tone muscles

 Increase bone density to help prevent osteoporosis

 Help increase flexibility and co-ordination

Reduce high cholesterol and lower your risk of high blood pressure, cancer of the colon, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and osteoarthritis





Aerobic training is the foundation upon which your health and performance goals are built, whether you are a world-class athlete or a beginner exerciser. Aerobic training increases aerobic capacity and builds a sound fitness foundation. Below are 10 of the many great reasons to train aerobically.

1.                    It increases heart size. Aerobic training causes an increase in the hearts’ weight as well as its volume. The left ventricle is the hardest working chamber of the heart. With aerobic training the wall thickens and the chamber size increases. These changes occur gradually over months or years of training.

2.                   You pump more blood through the body with every beat. Aerobic training increases the amount of blood ejected from the heart - the benefit of this is more efficient heart.

3.                   Resting heart rate drops. The resting heart rate decreases about one beat per minute for every 1-2 weeks of aerobic training (the effect drops off after about 10-20 weeks)

4.                  It improves cardiac output. This is the primary indicator of how well the body works. Cardiac output is determined by the heart rate and by the quantity of blood ejected with each heart beat. Aerobic training increases cardiac output.

5.                   It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that sedentary individuals have six times the incidence of heart disease than individuals who engage in regular physical activity. There is a substantial amount of evidence showing that regular aerobic exercise protects against heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. Research has also shown that an efficient oxygen transport system, lungs, cardiac output and enzyme system within the muscles - all benefits of aerobic exercise- lead to an efficient heart and thus a lower risk of disease.

6.                  The body becomes more efficient at utilizing fat. Studies have shown that with regular aerobic training people will become more efficient at utilizing fat. As aerobic training improves, so does fat burning, giving the body unlimited supplies of energy and decreasing the size of fat deposits around the body and in the arteries.

7.                   It increases aerobic capacity. An individual’s aerobic capacity is the body’s ability to store and transport fuel. A high aerobic capacity also allows for faster recovery after training sessions.

8.                  It speeds up oxygen delivery to working muscles. The transport and storage of oxygen within the muscle cell is aided by myoglobin. With regular aerobic training, myoglobin increases significantly, making for faster delivery of oxygen to the working muscles.

9.                  It reduces stress and anxiety. Doing aerobic training will help the body ‘absorb’ and alleviate stress and allow it to adapt to a higher fitness level.



You should feel energized after a workout! 
Aerobic training sessions are energizing, giving exercisers more vigor for the entire day.


Adapted from Exercise and Sport Science



Shawn M. Nisbet, RHN, CFA

Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher, Certified Fitness Consultant

& Nordic Pole Walking Master Instructor

416.804.0938  info@shawnnisbet.com  www.shawnnisbet.canada.juiceplus.com



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