Nordic Walking: The Principles
Nordic Walking provides benefits for everyone, all ages and all fitness levels, from those with medical problems to those who are extremely fit. Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and fun.
• Nordic Walking offers more health benefits than regular walking, jogging, biking or running.
• You will develop endurance, strength, flexibility and co-ordination.
• It can be used as a cross-training technique for ultimate cardiovascular and endurance conditioning.
• Nordic Walking can help you burn up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking.
• Strengthen and condition the muscles in your shoulders, arms, stomach, back and legs.
• You will use in the region of 600 muscles, working 90% of your total muscle mass.
• Stress hormones are reduced and 'feel-good' hormones are released when exercising - even more so when out of doors and in green spaces.
• Tension in your back, neck and shoulders is reduced
• Your immune system is strengthened
• Improve your circulation and the condition of your lungs and heart
• Reduce pressure on knees and joints - 15% less weight on joints when using Nordic Walking poles.
• You can perform Nordic Walking at your own pace, working towards improved fitness levels.
• The poles propel you along, making it easier to move faster than normal, without feeling the effort.
• It can be done anywhere - on the hills, in parks, towns and cities, on the beach and in the snow.
• No need for special exercise clothing or shoes.
• It’s easy to learn and to keep it going.
• It’s sociable.
It is a specific fitness technique (not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running) using poles in order to add two major benefits to walking:
• The poles help to propel you along - this means you work harder than usual, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier.
• The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used, as well as the legs.
It is a great way to get your whole body moving and to significantly improve the condition of your muscles, heart and lungs.
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