nordic walking as cross training

I'm gradually getting back into training after being out of action for four months with a lower back/pelvic/groin injury. As I still can't run I'm doing cardio work in the gym - elliptical trainer and power walking with a high incline on the treadmill - and I'm regaining some fitness.

However I don't want to spend too much time in the gym and I've been thinking about Nordic walking as a cross training activity until I can run again (that may be some time yet).

Has anyone any experience of Nordic walking as cross training? If so I'd appreciate some advice on choice of poles etc..

Comments

  • I am a Nordic Walking instructor and I run regularly, and it is perfect cross-training for running - lower impact than running and works the whole body. You can work at whatever intensity you like - it's one of the ways the Finnish cross country skiers maintain their fitness through the summer. It is so much nicer than being stuck in a gym, and sociable too.

    Leki is the top make of poles and has a great strap release system.
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