Nordic Walking is a full-body exercise that's easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.
What is Nordic walking?
Nordic Walking is based on using specially designed walking poles in a way that harnesses the power of the upper body to propel you forward as you walk. The technique is similar to the action of cross country skiing. It is a recognised way to turn a walk into a whole-body exercise.
Who is Nordic walking suitable for?
Nordic Walking is a very accessible activity and can be shared by people of all ages and fitness levels. Walking can range from gentle walks for people with health concerns, or for people who haven’t exercised in a while and for those who dislike traditional sports or gym activities. However at the other end of the spectrum it can also be approached as a workout walk; to gain higher fitness levels and is often used by athletes for cross training. It is also useful for injured athletes because the poles provide support whilst working to improve fitness as part of their rehabilitation. Whatever your age from 8 to 80+, you’ll probably enjoy discovering the benefits of Nordic Walking and how it can improve your quality of life.
What equipment do you need?
You'll need a pair of Nordic Walking poles (which are different to those used for trekking because of how the strap is used and the angle you plant them on the ground), walking shoes and appropriate clothing.
How will it benefit my body?
Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning. The result is a full body workout, which means you:
- burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles, therefore improving tone and fitness
- release tension in the neck and shoulders
- improve your posture and gait
- strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
- reduce the impact on the lower body joints making you feel lighter in your feet and legs
What's the technique?
You move in a similar way to ordinary walking and swing your arms from your shoulder with your elbows straight – think of a soldier marching. To get the full benefits and avoid injury, you could start with lessons to get the basic technique.
Is Nordic Walking hard on your joints?
Nordic Walking is no harder on the joints than normal walking. It's an activity suitable for people with a range of joint conditions including osteo-arthritis (wear and tear arthritis) or for those who may be carrying some extra body weight.
How do you get started?
Nordic Walking can be done in any location, city or countryside, but it's recommended that you learn the technique from a qualified instructor.
Most instructors also run local groups, which you can join for regular walks once you have learned the technique.
For further information visit the links below.
Nordic Walking specialist Neal Thomas in Brampton is always happy to help - more information can be found at hi website, please click here.
He can be contacted on 07887 845703