Nordic Walking is a low-impact total body exercise. It is a specific fitness technique and not simply walking with poles like trekking or hiking. Using the correct technique, which is similar to cross country skiing, Nordic Walking poles (which are different to hiking poles) are planted behind you in order to propel you along using the power of 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 and burning over 40% more calories than regular walking. Nordic Walking can be enjoyed at many levels, at low, medium or high intensity. It combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with core and upper body conditioning – resulting in a full body workout. And because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.