What is Nordic Walking and what are the benefits?
Nordic Walking involves walking using two ‘Nordic’ poles. It involves a specific technique where the poles are planted behind the walker that increases the use of the upper body and propels the walker along. Nordic Walking should not to be confused with trekking where the poles are more upright and uses different type of poles.
Benefits of Nordic Walking:
- Tones the upper and lower body at the same time
- Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
- Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
- Reduces the pressure on knees and joints
- Great for the heart and lungs
- Helps people with a variety of medical conditions – Parkinsons, MS, Arthritis, Cancer, COPD, Heart disease, diabetes and a variety of muskulosceletal problems (neck, shoulder and back)
- Can be done anywhere – park, beach, woods, paths, hills
- Benefits all ages and fitness levels
- No need to wear special exercise clothing – and poles can be provided
- Very sociable – you can chat as you Nordic Walk
- Easy to learn and to keep up
- It combines exercise with the outdoors which has been proven to boost mood and relieve stress
Nordic Walking is promoted and endorsed by many fitness instructors, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is a highly effective way to get and stay healthy. Nordic Walking must be learnt correctly if the walker is to get the most out of the activity.