Improve senior care with Nordic walking

Studies show Nordic walking can be an effective senior care activity. Nordic walking started in the 1930s in Finland, with cross-country skiers who wanted to do some out of season training, said Mramor, so they started walking and running with the poles to get their conditioning in the summer time.

In recent years, it has become a fitness trend in Metro Vancouver, as specialists in the sport say urban polers burn an extra 20 to 45 per cent more calories than just walking. The poles have special dampeners, little rubber boots, on the ends that absorb the shock when they are planted on the ground. This can help reduce the impact off painful joints and thus, a suitable exercise activity for senior care.

When South Surrey resident and marathon runner John Mramor was injured in a car accident a few years ago, his doctor told him that if he kept running he’d have to get hip and knee replacements within a year.

He tried walking to keep up his physical activity, but he found he wasn’t getting enough of a workout, particularly for someone who had run marathons and done triathlons.

His wife, Johanna Mramor was one of the first coordinators for a Sun Run clinic that trained people in Nordic walking, or urban poling. So, he thought he’d give it a go.

What Mramor found was that walking with the poles gave him a more intense workout on his five to 10 kilometre jaunts….. Read the entire story on vancouversun.com