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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:02

Get fit with innovative outdoor exercise

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A group of folks trying out a new type of low-impact, full-body exercise will gather 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays through May 22 to explore walking paths near Dillsboro and Sylva.

Ski walking, a training tool used by competitive cross-country skiers to maintain strength in the off-season, is a walking technique that uses a specially designed pole, allowing for active use of the upper body through use of a Nordic ski strap. Ski walking results in increased circulation, strength and heart rate without a perceived increase in exertion. The metabolic rate while ski walking is 20 percent higher than while walking with 30 percent less stress on weight-bearing joints. 

The March 20 session will meet at Dillsboro’s Monteith Park. Poles will be provided. Organized by Jackson County Cooperative Extension. Register by calling 828.586.4009.

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