What is the Difference between these 3 Activities?

Nations Nordic Walking – Hiking / Trekking – Strapless Nordic Walking

There is a difference between…

  • Equipment
  • Poles
  • Technique

just as there is a difference in Activity!

Nations Nordic Walking                      Hiking                Urban Poling

Equipment:

Nations Nordic Walking Poles come in two or three sections, aluminum or carbon fiber. The handles are narrow with a glove strap that keeps the pole closer to your hand allowing you to duplicate the full ROM just as a cross country skier. Our poles comes with a quick release glove for your convenience.  They always come with rubber boots over the carbide tips for use on hard surfaces, but can be removed to be used on softer surfaces like dirt trails, grassy areas or the beach. (We include extra accessories of rubber boots and a cloth carrying bag).

Hiking/ Trekking Poles always comes in 3 sections so you can easily place them in your backpack. They have grip handles with a single strap like a ski pole. They sometimes come with a small round rubber trail tip only because they are meant to be used on soft surface trails while hiking.

Urban Poling Poles come in two or three sections made of aluminum with a large ergonomic strapless handle. They come with a set of rubber boots over the carbide tips for use on hard surfaces, but can be removed to be used on softer surfaces like dirt trails, grassy areas or the beach. (Accessories are extra).

Activity:

Hiking /Trekking poles are used as an outside activity meant to be used on soft surface trails while hiking.

Nations Nordic Walking Poles are used for Fitness Walking and Rehabilitation indoors or out. They can be used at any age, disability or athletic ability.

Urban Poling Poles are also used for Fitness Walking and Rehabilitation indoors or out. They can be used at any age, disability or athletic ability.

Technique:

This is where your Equipment will determine the Technique that has to be used. (Example: You want to race cars, you can choose a Porsche or a VW Bug) This is why choosing the right equipment will give you more options.

Hiking /Trekking poles are placed in front of you for Balance and Stability to help reduce Energy while Hiking.

Nations Nordic Walking Program has 3 levels to choose from Level 1- Nordic modified Trekking Rehabilitation, Level 2- Basic modified Nordic Walking and Level 3 – Basic Nordic Walking. Your physical Stability and Balance and Athletic ability will determine where you should start.

Urban Poling Program has 2 levels to choose from. Level 1- Activator for Rehabilitation, Level- 2 Basic modified Nordic Walking.  Strapless poles doesn’t allow you to move to the 3rd Level of Nordic Walking, which increases your ROM by 30% by duplicating a cross country skier.

In the spring of 1997 a Finnish sports institute and ski pole company came together to engineer special high performance poles. They also refined a Nordic walking technique which delivers the maximum health and fitness benefits. Thus, it was in Finland that today’s most widely used form of fitness walking with poles was born – hence the name “Nordic walking.” The rapid global rise and popularity of Nordic walking is practically incomparable to any other sport or activity.

Millions of people in Europe recognize the great health benefits of Nordic Pole walking. It is a low- moderate physical activity suitable for all ages and conditions and is the fastest-growing health sport and therapy exercise around the globe today.

Over 350+ Medical and Scientific studies on the Finnish Nordic Walking technique are being used by 95% of the world today because of its advantages and increased Health Benefits!
There are only 8 current/recent studies done in Canada on Strapless Poles.

Nordic Walking Nations only sells special high performance poles with a newly engineer ergonomic quick release gloves for comfort. This reduces the stress off your hands and wrists by allowing you to lightly grip the poles.
This makes it easier for you to release your pole at the end of your back swing for proper Finnish Nordic technique.

Our Commitment and Mission – To create a growing global network of enthusiastic and dedicated Healthcare Providers and Health & Wellness Instructors who work together to create a paradigm of change to improve the lives of their patients and clients.

We want to educate, inspire, empower and support people to become accountable to themselves. This allows us to reach countless numbers of people in receiving the daily health benefits of Nordic Walking that will raise the fitness level of our world of Nations.