Nordic Walking started off as a low-impact yet highly effective cross-training option for elite cross-country skiers. So its application and use for high-level fitness training is well proven.
The main benefits of Nordic Walking as a smart and time-efficient training method for long distance walks and treks are two-fold:
- INCREASED FITNESS BENEFIT. The technique of Nordic Walking recruits and utilises the upper body into a resistance workout whilst walking – therefore increasing aerobic output (by up to 25%), burning up to 46% more calories (helpful in order to reduce body weight/ load to carry during the final event), improving muscular conditioning and endurance, and develops core and back strength (foundations needed for correct walking posture to reduce injury).
- INJURY PREVENTION. The volume of training required to prepare for long distance walking events can subject large loads and repetitive impacts to particular parts of the body, which can then lead to over-use injuries. Undertaking training that reduces and minimises load and repetitive strain in order to reduce risk is an important consideration. Poles in general, but especially with the addition of the pro-active Nordic Walking technique, spreads load and significantly reduces the impact to the lower body.
The combination of these factors mean that walkers get more of the positive and desired fitness benefits with less of the undesirable wear, tear or potential injury.
To read more about why and how Nordic Walking is the smart way to traing for treks click here to read an article written by Maree Farnsworth, B. App Sci.(Human Movement) & International N.W.O. Nordic Walking Master Trainer.