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Why don't medical experts encourage Nordic Walking more?

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I do a lot of Nordic Walking and think it's great for toning the back muscles. I would like to see more publicity for it from the likes of medical experts. Why not encourage it?

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Nordic walking is becoming increasingly popular, particularly amongst those who have joint problems. This form of exercise involves walking with a height adjustable pole in either hand. The rhythm of this exercise is very much like regular walking, but uses more of the upper body muscles while taking some of the strain off the legs and spine. Individuals with back troubles or knee/hip pain often find this form of exercise more comfortable and are able to mobilise at a higher speed than they would normally.

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