This is a fitness regime with a difference. All it requires is a pair of poles and an inclination to walk. Nordic Walking offers one an easy and convenient way to a healthy life. Invented in 1997 at a cross-country ski camp in Finland, today this has become the world's latest fitness craze.

Program Benefits
a. This is a form of fitness walking.
b. It engages 90 per cent of the body's muscles.
c. Walkers use a pair of specially designed Nordic Walking poles.
d. It offers a very efficient aerobic workout.
e. It is a low-stress exercise that gives a total body workout.
f. It improves physical condition and general well being.
g. It can be done by people of all ages, sex and physical condition.
h. It helps in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.
i. It helps in the treatment of back, shoulder and neck pain.
j. It makes the muscles more relaxed.
k. Just 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, of walking with the poles is enough for results to show.
l. Novice Nordic Walkers should buy retractable poles before starting on this walk.
m. Instructional DVDs are available and local classes are also help to help walkers learn the proper technique.

A set of Nordic Walking poles cost between $100 and $200.