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Prime Time: Nordic walkers use poles to keep balance, get full-body workout

Neil Woodworth, executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club, uses trekking poles during a recent hike up Hunter Mountain in the Catskills.
Neil Woodworth, executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club, uses trekking poles during a recent hike up Hunter Mountain in the Catskills.
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There’s not a flake of snow to be found inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, but nonetheless, Marcia Stout walks around the arena with what looks like a ski pole in each hand. “Most people don’t know what they’re for and they think I’m making believe I’m getting ready for skiing or something,” said the 82-year-old Queensbury resident. Stout’s not getting ready for skiing. She’s doing exactly what she came to do: she’s Nordic walking. ...

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