Wednesday, August 03, 2005


The History of Nordic Walking

The origin of ‘Nordic Walking’ dates back to the early part of the 20th century, when cross country skiers used their ski poles for summer ‘snow free’ training.

It wasn’t until the later part of the 20th century that the concept of fitness walking with specially designed poles was developed as a method of exercise in its own right.

In 1985 Tom Rutlin a cross-country skier and certified ski coach from the USA, experimented by adding rubber tips to his ski poles. The idea was to use a cross-country ski polling action to engage the muscles of the upper body, whilst fitness walking or running on an asphalt surface.

The term ‘Nordic Walking ‘came into being in 1997 when a Finnish ski equipment manufacturer in co-operation with athletes and sports medicine experts, developed a fitness walking pole with an innovative wrist strap system.

The wrist strap system is key to the ‘Nordic Walking’ technique and allows the walker to access the full range of associated physical and health related benefits.

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