Nordic walking is walking that is enhanced by using poles to transform the walk into a full body workout.
The poles are used with a technique like that of cross country skiing, which help to push you forwards.
It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
It can be done anywhere from your local park to up and down hills and mountains.
What are the benefits?
· There are lots because you can vary the intensity
· it’s an ideal sport for those who are new to exercise. and those who are already fit.
· Using the poles reduces the impact on your joints so it can be ideal if you have mobility issues.
· It has all the benefits of walking, it improves cardiovascular fitness.
· Produces stronger more toned legs and bottom but with the bonus of working your core and upper body.
A US study showed that it can burn about 20% more calories than regular walking because you’re using more muscle mass, you’ll also find that you can walk further and faster but without feeling that you’re working much harder than a regular walk, plus it’s very sociable.
Nordic walking groups are popping up all over the UK what’s not to love?
How to do it?
To start with it is strongly recommended that you attend a beginner’s course so that an instructor can teach you the basics. They won’t take long to learn but will equip you with the correct posture and technique to get the most out of Nordic walking. You can then carry on walking with a group to meet new people or strikeout on your own.
The basic premise with the poles is that you plant them in the ground and push them backwards which helps to propel you forward.
As you walk, you plant the poles into the ground at almost a 45° angle behind your body, pushing down through the wrist strap towards the tip of the pole.
The left Pole hits the ground at the same time as your right foot and vice versa, you learn to grip the poles as it’s swings forwards and release as it’s swings backwards.
The poles have wrist straps to help you keep hold of them.
As for strides your heel should meet the ground first then roll over the Midfoot and spring off your toes, imagine squashing a lemon under your foot as you roll through the stride.
With all this lovely weather we are having now why not give it a go?
You should always speak to your GP/Physiotherapist before taking on any new exercise regime and always drink lots of water through any form of exercising.