2023 Smokies Fall Ski Walking

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Fall Ski Walking 2023

There is a new way to increase your exercise efforts while walking, which is to use properly fitted Ski Walking poles that are similar to what a cross country skier uses on the snow. Ski Walking is relatively new to America, but has its origins dating back to the 1930s in Finland, where cross country ski racers used their ski poles to hike and run in the off season ski months to keep their upper body and cardio strong for the next winter season.

Whether you are beginning an exercise program, looking to drop a few pounds and improve your overall health or you are a high level athlete seeking a new cross-training activity,  Ski Walking offers benefits that few other low-impact exercise activities can match with many benefits!

  • Ski Walking increases heart and lungs function by increasing cardio capacity by 20%-40% more than regular walking depending on the level of ski walking that has three different levels (L1-L3).
  • Ski Walking poles also provide more upper body strengthening and  better support for your lower joints while providing better balance on slippery surfaces and rough terrain by increasing stability.
  • Ski Walking also burns 20%-40% more calories than regular walking if done with the  proper technique, which will be instructed at this school.
  • Also the poles are beneficial to crossing a stream or even moving a snake along the trail for added protection.

The next school will start:

Each Monday Evening
September 25 – October 16
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Smoky Mountain Elementary School, Whittier, NC
(at the Picnic Pavilion on the hill)

Participants will be provided ski walking poles for the entire duration of the school that you can take home to practice.

So if you are looking to increase your fitness, why not take ski walking poles along with you on a walk to “economize your exercise!”

Please register by September 15th due to limited spaces.

Please contact County Extension Director Robert J. Hawk at 488-3848; 586-4009 or 736-6919, or email robert_hawk@ncsu.edu for more information and to register.