The Benefits of Nordic Walking

Many have heard of Nordic Walking, but may not be aware of what it actually is, where it began and the benefits of this exercise. We have put together an insight into Nordic Walking and its benefits.  

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is an outdoor exercise that consists of walking with walking sticks. The origin of the Nordic Walking dates back to the 1930s. Many skiers were using what now is known as Nordic Walking to train during summer and autumn to continue trained while they could not sky. This 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. What makes Nordic walking so accessible is that it is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Classes range from gentle walks for people with health concerns, to workout walks, which are a great way to improve fitness, lose weight and tone the whole body. 

The Benefits of Nordic Walking

1) When we are walking normally we only use 70% of our bodies muscles. For nordic walking, we use 90% of the muscles of the body. 

2) It is highly beneficial as an aerobic exercise that burns up 46% more calories than walking normally. 

3) Nordic walking can help drain the lymphatic system. We have clusters of lymph nodes all over our body including under our armpits and Nordic walking helps these in particular to function properly through its emphasis on good posture, correct breathing and a full arm swing. 

4) It produces less pressure on the joints than running

5) It allows the body to obtain a better cardiac rhythm and breathing to improve cardiovascular health

6) Results can be obtained with only 3 hours of Nordic Walking a week. Therefore, it is easy to adapt to this activity into everyday life

7) As the poles propel the walker forward, it makes it easier to move faster than normal without feeling the effort

8) It provides an excellent tone of the top part of the body and reinforces the central muscles and legs

9) It is one of the most effective cross-training techniques for athletes who require ultimate cardiovascular and endurance conditioning.

10) It Improves the general physical condition without feeling completely exhausted

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