What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is a full body exercise, it involves walking using special poles designed to use the majority of muscles in your body. It is a physical activity that can be enjoyed by both beginners and athletes. While Nordic walking, a variety of muscles groups are employed including chest, lats, biceps, shoulders and core muscles. This gives an enormous benefit over regular walking, even while using trekking poles. In addition to the increased use of muscles, Nordic Walking also allows walkers to significantly increase their heart rate-
providing a more intense workout.
Who is it for?
Nordic Walking is for everyone! No matter your age or how fit you are, anyone can see gains out of the sport.
What are the benefits?
There are numerous benefits experienced by those who Nordic Walk regularly. In addition to the benefits or normal exercise, which include; boosted energy levels, losing weight, mood enhancing and improving general health. Benefits which are specific to Nordic Walking include:
- A fun activity that everyone can enjoy.
- Toning the lower and upper body at the same time.
- Uses up to 90% of the skeletal muscle group
- Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
- Use of poles helps to reduce pressure on knees and joints
- Can improve posture
- Helps to promote a healthy heart when used as a form of exercise in conjunction with a healthy life style.
- Can be used as a part of weight loss programme.
In addition to this, as a moderate-intensity aerobic activity, Nordic Walking can help to prevent conditions such as:
- Heart Disease and Strokes
- High Blood pressure
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Bowel Cancer
- Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
- Stress and Anxiety