In the year of the publication on the Nordic walking sticks were produced and made by Exel. The name Nordic walking was well known by 1999 thought Exel. Exel is a very well known company with introducing the carbon poles to the skiing industry. Exel was also the first company to use trainers to teach people how to use the Nordic walking sticks in the right way.
Compared to normal walking Nordic walking involves using force on the walking sticks with each stride. When using the Nordic walking sticks you use your whole body and receive more fitness which you don’t get when normal walking, like the chest, lats, triceps, biceps, shoulder, abdominal, spinal and other core muscles which then may led to a increase in heart rate at a given pace. Nordic can produce more than 46% increase in energy consumption not like normal walking with out any walking sticks.
Nordic walking poles are significantly shorter than those recommended for cross-country skiing. Using poles of incorrect length may add stress to the walker's knees, hips and/or back, diminishing the benefits of walking with poles. Nordic walking poles come in both one-piece, non-adjustable shaft versions, and telescoping two-piece twist-locking adjustable length versions. Nordic walking poles feature grips with special Nordic walking straps - a kind of fingerless glove, allowing power transmission through the strap and eliminates the need to tightly grasp the pole grips.
Nordic Walking in its original form only utilizes one unique, natural style that is based on Marko's piece.
The arms, legs and body are quite similar as in vigorous walking. When Nordic walking the opposite arms and legs alternate rhythmically, swinging back and forth. It’s so important to get the right rhythm at the start of Nordic walking to achieve the correct training effects. The movement of the arms back and forward regulates the length of the stride. Restricted arm movement leads to restricted motion on the stride length. The longer the walking sticks thrust the longer the stride and more power in the swing.