What does Nordic Walking achieve beyond ordinary walking?
You might have been wondering about this when seeing people
walking with some special poles in your local country park.
So you decided to increase the physical activity in your
life. You started looking around to see what there is on
offer and more importantly – what would you
actually fancy doing.
A big gym? No, too dark, no windows and full of show-offs with their mobile
phones taking selfies all the time!
Group exercise classes in the local leisure centre? A what – Insanity class?
Just the name sends shivers down your spine!
You understand the benefits of physical activity, raising your heart rate,
conditioning your heart and lungs, getting a little bit sweaty and red cheeked.
However so many exercise options on offer seem to be too intense especially if
you have some joint or muscle issues or other health conditions.
You might have overlooked one physical activity that is becoming more and
more popular and offers so many benefits for people of different fitness levels,
ages and backgrounds. Have you heard of Nordic Walking yet?
What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is a form of physical activity, where the active use of a pair
of specifically designed Nordic Walking poles is added to regular natural
If you can walk, you can Nordic Walk!
Technically correct use of poles integrates the activation of the upper body
into the act of walking, to propel the body forward. The physical strain is
distributed to various muscle groups of the whole body in a versatile, balanced
and appropriate way.
The correct pole technique gives an opportunity to significantly intensify
the process of walking by increasing the muscle work of the upper body.
Nordic Walking is a safe, natural, dynamic, efficient and
suitable-for-all form of physical activity that trains the body
in a holistic, symmetric and balanced way.
Nordic Walking is a very accessible activity and something
that can be shared by people of different fitness levels. It is
an ideal activity for people who have not exercised for a while or who dislike
traditional sports or gym activities.
An injured person can, with the approval of their doctor or physiotherapist,
use the poles to support and guide them, working to improve fitness as part of
People who are already active can use Nordic Walking for cross training.
You can find more details about the many benefits of Nordic Walking in this
blog post here.
What do I need in order to do Nordic Walking?
Special Nordic Walking poles of course! They are very distint from the
trekking poles and have some key features that make it possible to execute the
full technique. Attempting to Nordic Walk with a trekking pole is a bit like
playing tennis with a badminton racket! Nordic Walking poles will be provided
however if you wish to purchase your own poles and use them at your leisure that
can be arranged as well.
It is recommended to Nordic Walk in walking shoes or trainers rather than
walking boots. You want you shoes to include such features as good off-road
grip, be waterproof, breathable, flexible fore-foot and cushioning in the heel.
Layered clothing is also recommended with a waterproof outer for when it rains.
And that's about it! Not forgetting a water bottle!
I really want to have a go at Nordic Walking - where and when?
Currently I'm offering personal one-to-one or very small group (up to 3
people) Nordic Walking sessions in the Mapperley/Gedling area. To register your
interest and to find out more details please get in touch via the "Contact me"
I very much look forward to hearing from you and sharing the enjoyment of
Nordic Walking activity!