Next Avenue: All the good reasons you should try this slightly dorky-looking sport

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

If you’re looking to make new friends or even just have a chat with a stranger, while improving your overall fitness, let me suggest taking up Nordic walking.

Almost every time I grab my sticks and head out for a vigorous stroll, regardless of the season, someone approaches me with questions about why I’m loping along gripping a specially-designed pole in each hand. While in Florida visiting my retired parents, I found my mother’s Nordic poles. After watching a few YouTube videos with instructions on form and technique, I grabbed them for my daily 45-minute walk on the beach.

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