Nordic Walking – twice as effective than ordinary walking!
Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do…. twice as effective!! Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking
- 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!
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. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.
I took up Nordic Walking as my knees were starting to ache more often than not after a run. I am not normally a fan of walking as it takes too long to get anywhere (unless it’s on a golf course!) I thought it sounded like the ideal alternative as you use more calories than walking, by using your upper body as well as taking strain off the knees.
Nordic walking is ideal for all ages and levels of fitness, and as an Osteopath I see the particular benefits for Nordic Walking in rehabilitation, from shoulder and back pain to hip, knee & foot problems. It is also good for reducing stress, getting outdoors and a dose of Vitamin D – vital for bone health and boosting your immune system.
I have walked up hills in Cyprus in 36 degrees (running would be near impossible in that heat), and Nordic Walking in the snow is wonderful!
You don’t have to be fit to start Nordic Walking, but you will soon feel the benefits.
Contact me to find out more, book a free taster session, and courses. I will supply the poles (until you get the bug and buy your own!)