What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is fitness walking with specially designed poles and offers a very efficient aerobic workout and easy way to improve your health irrespective of age, sex or physical condition. It is a time-efficient low-stress, total body workout which is fantastic for weight-loss, as well as keeping you fit, toned and helps you to look and feel better.
New to Exercise
Nordic Walking is perfect if you need to get more active! It is simple to learn, suitable for people that have been inactive for a while or have medical conditions. It is gentle, not intimidating and does not appear too much like conventional ‘exercise’ without the need for special clothing or having to get sweaty or out of breath.
It is a great way to gently encourage full body movement whilst the poles help to reduce pressure on the knees and joints and help propel the walker along hence making it feel easier than it really is.
Nordic Walking is NOT just for beginners, the elderly or unfit – it can be done at any level and is a fantastic, motivating workout for the fitness enthusiast too! Nordic walking uses more major muscles than running, cycling or swimming –which are commonly used by athletes as cross training.
Nordic walking can take your sporting performance to a whole new level. Whether training for an ultra-endurance event or a sport that requires repeated bursts of upper and lower body effort using Nordic Walking in your training offers time-effective and intense training methods to ensure you get ultimate results.
Ordinary walking is a great way to start being more active but to keep improving you will need to walk for longer or to go faster – that’s where Nordic Walking comes in. By using the poles you use more muscles which significantly increases the amount of calories burned without making you feel you are pushing yourself too hard. The poles help to propel you along so you could be working as hard as if you were jogging but will feel comfortable, not too breathless without putting strain on the knees and joints that can sometimes occur with more vigorous exercise.
Once you have learned the technique you will be able to include in into your everyday life and walk alone, with friends and family as well as with a walking group.