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Nordic ski walking is perfect for the person with arthritis who wants a safe aerobic workout with safe upper body strength training.

Originally designed in Scandinavia to give cross-country skiers a way to cross train during the summer months. It's a very popular exercise in Europe that is becoming popular in the United States.

Special benefits for people with arthritis include:

Walking is easier. Your upper body bears part of your weight and thus lessens stress on ankles, knees and hips. People who had to give up walking as exercise are able to take walks again.

Upper body strength training. The optimal ergonomic positioning of the straps means that many people with arthritic hands, wrists and shoulders can use the poles to get the upper body strength training that is so helpful.  (Note:  It is necessary to check with your doctor or physical therapist, but there is a good chance that this will work for you.)

This is enjoyable outdoor aerobic exercise. Many people with arthritis walk too slowly to get an aerobic benefit. By adding the poles you add upper body exertion and easily increase the intensity of the exercise to the point of aerobic effect.

Walking with Nordic ski walking poles easily guides your body into good posture. "I find that my extremely round-shouldered posture is naturally reversing."

Why I recommend you buy your poles from ski

The careful ergonomic positioning of the straps ensures an easy natural flow to your walk.

You order pole length specific to your height. It is one solid pole. It's not an adjustable length pole. Adjustable poles are heavier and there is a risk that they could collapse while you were walking.

Pete Edwards, the owner of ski is availble to answer all of your questions.

After you receive the poles, if you realize they won't work for you, you can send them back for a refund.

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