Nordic Walking is walking with the addition of poles similar to ski poles. Considered to be among the fittest athletes in the world, cross country skiers have been using the technique of walking with poles since the 1930s as a means of training when there was a lack of snow. Nordic Walking focuses on good posture and correct walking technique which can be particularly beneficial for those with mobility issues. It is one of the fastest growing recreational fitness activities in the world.
Some of the benefits of Nordic Walking are:
- Full body workout.
- Uses 90% of skeletal muscles. That’s more muscles than used when running.
- Increased calorie expenditure of 20%-46%
- Helps to shape and tone.
- Lower perceived level of exertion.
- Reduced stress on the body
- It can help with managing health and mobility issues arising from long term medical conditions.
The other good bits:
- It is low cost. No expensive joining or membership fees.
- Apart from poles no specialist equipment is required.
- It’s outdoors in the fresh air.
- You can walk with a group, with a friend, or on your own.
- You can walk whenever it suits you. No opening times to juggle around.
- Almost without exception anyone can do it.
So hopefully you have been inspired to have a go. Please contact us for details about taster sessions, courses and walks.