What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and not simply walking with poles like trekking or hiking. Using the correct technique Nordic Walking poles (which are different to hiking poles) are planted behind you in order to propel you along using the upper body (back, arms and core) as well as the legs – making it easier to work quite hard.
Nordic Walking uses the massive power from the entire upper body to turn a “2-wheel drive” activity, such as regular walking or running into a “4-wheel drive” activity engaging over 90% of the body’s skeletal muscles.
Nordic Walking works within the natural walking movement patterns making it a safe exercise for everyone. The natural exaggeration of the shoulder swing along with the push on the poles and slightly longer stride all help to increase general workload compared with ordinary walking. Proper use of the poles helps tone the upper body and improves posture, while the greater stride and roll through the foot conditions the legs and buttocks.
Nordic Walking in action….
Nordic Walking was originally developed in the 1930’s in Scandinavia as a summer training regime used by cross-country skiers. Now the techniques do not simply replicate cross-country skiing – they have been improved and simplified in order to provide an effective way to exercise outdoors.
Nordic Walking is now one of the fastest growing fitness activities in the world being used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and fun.
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