Nordic Walking, a type of fitness walking with poles, was developed in Finland in 1997 and has spread across much of Europe. Today more than six million people worldwide engage in Nordic Walking regularly. The motion is similar to cross country skiing or snowshoeing but without skis, snowshoes or snow! Nordic Walking is an excellent and fun way to get exercise and can be done by almost anyone. Here is the first complete guide on how to get started and stay commited to this massively growing fitness regime.
Claire Walter is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fitness and Scuba Diving: A Woman's Guide, and a frequent contributor to leading national and regional magazines. Claire was early to write about snowshoeing, a little-known sport that quickly mushroomed, and her book Snowshoeing Colorado is now in its third edition. Claire lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband.