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What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do… twice as effective!  It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.

 

Originally developed in Finland as an exercise for cross-country skiers during the summer season, now 8 million people Nordic Walk on a daily basis in many countries and it is a growing trend across the UK.

 

The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs.  The poles help to propel the walker along – this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!  

Health Benefits

Nordic Walking is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective and had been shown to provide many health and fitness benefits.

 

Nordic walking is very effective at conditioning the abdominal muscles that provide core stability.  It is a weight bearing and low impact exercise.  By using the poles there is more support to the hips, knees and ankle joints.  Using poles means upper body muscles are used as well as the lower body; therefore toning arms, chest, bottom and legs.

Nordic Walking technique MUST be learnt correctly for the participant to get the most out of the activity.  The Full Health Technique that ensures the whole body works efficiently is only taught by qualified instructors trained by British Nordic Walking (BNW) or Nordic Walking UK (NWUK) organisations.

Regular Nordic Walking can dramatically improve your health and wellbeing; improving posture, relieving neck and shoulder tension, weight management, back and heart health, rehabilitation after breast cancer, increase bone density and prevent or lessen the progressions of osteoporosis.  

Nordic walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body.

  • Nordic Walking is 40% more effective than ordinary walking and exercises 90% of the body’s skeletal muscles

  • Nordic Walking burns 20% more calories than ordinary walking

  • Walking 6-12 miles per week reduces the risk of a heart attack by 30%

  • Statistics show, linking outdoor exercise with nature can enhance your mood (seeing improvement in levels of depression, anger, fatigue and mood disturbances).

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