Nordic Pole Walking is a low-impact exercise that can be done by nearly anyone. It works 90% of your muscles and burns up to 46% more calories than regular walking.

There are over 400 studies detailing the benefits of Nordic Pole Walking. Some of them include:
  • Reduces body fat and tones muscles
  • Increases cardiovascular training up to 22%
  • Helps eliminate back, shoulder, and neck pain.
  • Up to 30% less impact on hip and knee joints.
  • Increases oxygen respiration by 25% or more.
  • Supports stress management.
  • Develops upright body posture.
  • Increases energy level.
  • Increases bone density.
  • Helps increase flexibility and co-ordination.
  • Reduces high cholesterol and lowers the risk of high blood pressure, colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and osteoarthritis.

What is Nordic Pole Walking?

Nordic Pole Walking is a low-impact, easy to learn, and enjoyable exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels. There are approximately 350 scientific and clinical studies pointing to the health benefits of Nordic Pole Walking.  

Nordic Walking Poles differ from hiking, trekking, or ski poles. They are adjustable, ultra light, and fit each individual so as to engage more than 90% of all body muscles. Millions of Europeans use Nordic Walking Poles, walking for health, fitness, and social enjoyment. Statistics show that Nordic Pole Walking is the fastest growing outdoor activity on the planet.

Where Did Nordic Pole Walking Originate?

Nordic Pole Walking originated in Finland and dates back to the early part of the 20th century.  To stay in great physical condition all year long, Cross Country Skiers used their ski poles during the warmer months as their off-season training.  

In 1985, it was thought that if rubber tips were put onto the ski poles, Nordic Pole Walkers could experience the same upper body conditioning walking, that Cross Country Skiers did skiing. It is well documented that Cross Country Skiing is the most effective physical exercise for cardiovascular improvement and total body muscle strengthening, and now these same health benefits are available to Nordic Pole Walkers.

The term “Nordic Walking” came into being in 1997 when a Finnish ski equipment manufacturer, in cooperation with athletes and sports medicine experts, developed a fitness walking pole with an innovative wrist strap system.  The wrist strap is the key component to the Nordic Pole Walking technique and allows the walker to access the full range of associated physical and health-related benefits.  

Nordic Pole Walking has developed into a wonderful all-in-one exercise that not only develops good physical and muscular conditioning but it is also a safe and effective form of exercise for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.  It is proving to be a fun, social, safe, and a very efficient way to exercise.

How do you get started?

Carol-Ann and Peter Dennis (Certified Nordic Pole Walking Instructors) will be conducting free instructional clinics through the warmer months of 2015. At these clinics, participants will be introduced to a new pair of Nordic Walking Poles. They will be shown how to adjust their poles to the correct height, and they will be taught about the unique hand strap, how it fits, and how it attaches and detaches from the poles. Participants will then be shown the correct grip for holding the poles, the proper arm motion, and a few other technical points to get them Nordic Pole Walking correctly. The groups will then walk for approximately 30 minutes while their techniques will be observed and fine-tuned, as required.

Afterwards, participants can buy the set of poles they just experienced. A pair of poles, with travel bag and rubber feet (for pavement) cost $90 (Tax included).

 All clinics are held at The David Duncan Park, 311 Valleymede Dr., Richmond Hill. They begin at 10:00 am, and depending on class size, last for approximately an hour and a half. There is a maximum class size of ten participants. To reserve a spot, send an email to Peter Dennis at: peter at peterhdennis dot com.

Clinic Schedule for 2016:

  1. Sunday, April 24th
  2. Saturday, May 28th
  3. Sunday, June 26th
  4. Saturday, July 23rd
  5. Sunday, August 21st
  6. Saturday, September 24th

Two other ways that instruction can take place are:

  1. A group of seven or more individuals may request a clinic, and depending on the numbers involved, location and other considerations, a free clinic may be arranged.
  2. Private lessons can be arranged through Peter Dennis at peter at peterhdennis dot com. The charge is $25.00 per person.


 Sandra Corrado will be leading walks at Richmond Green, on Tuesdays, from July 5th until August 23rd, from 7:30 until 8:30 pm.

For details and to join, call 416-729-1560 or write:


Pole Walking Equipment

Anyone interested in acquiring replacement rubber feet ($8.00 a pair), snow baskets ($12.00 a pair) or Nordixx fanny packs ($20.00) can get them by contacting me. These prices include all taxes and you pick up the items.



Other services offered by Peter Dennis include: Hypnotherapy, Meditation, Spirituality and Handwriting Analysis. Peter has authored books, written articles and gives talks on these subjects. Click here for more information.

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