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Nordic Walking is one of the fastest growing fitness activities in the world.

NORDIC WALKING FACTS

  •  It can burn nearly twice as many calories as ordinary walking  
  •  It reduces the strain on knees and joints
  •  It uses over 90% of the major muscles
  •  Its suitable for all levels
  •  Can be done anywhere – urban or rural
  •  Its great for back, neck and shoulder problems
  •  Outdoor exercise is proven to have a positive effect on the state of mind

    

 

 

What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is just like normal walking except that you use 2 poles to help propel you forward (it's like cross country skiing without the skis!). Using poles means that you work harder than usual but it actually feels easier because the poles are supporting you.

Why is it so great?
There are so many reasons why Nordic Walking's great! Here are some of them:

It can be done by anyone, anywhere. It is suitable for all fitness levels.
The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs. This is great for back health and all over body toning.
It is social (yes you can walk and talk!) and it's outside, in beautiful countryside which is both invigorating and uplifting.
It is uncomplicated - if you can walk, you can Nordic Walk.

Health benefits of Nordic Walking 
Uses 90% of your skeletal muscle.
Tones the upper and lower body at the same time. 
Great for the heart and lungs.
Helps improve posture.
Good for de-stressing and general feeling of wellbeing.

 

What shoes should I wear?                               

The very best footwear is waterproof, breathable walking shoes. If you don't have these then trainers are good (but you'll get wet feet if the grass is wet). Walking boots aren't ideal as the sole is generally too rigid to be able to roll your foot actively, which is part of the Nordic walking technique.
(Top tip - if you only have trainers why not buy some waterproof socks to keep your feet dry in wet conditions?)

What clothing should I wear?

No special clothing is required. Check out the weather conditions and be sensible. Layered clothing is best, with breathable fabrics and a waterproof jacket. Nothing bulky though as this will restrict you when you walk. A hat and gloves are important in cold weather. Jogging bottoms or stretchy trousers are better than jeans.

What else should I bring?

Water if the weather is warm and something to carry your phone, keys and water in. A bumbag or small backpack is ideal.

 

Do you still walk if it's raining?

Generally yes but if it's very wet we don't go out as the walking conditions become slippery and unsafe. If in doubt call us before travelling. We never walk in thunderstorms.

Is it true that Nordic walking is a good for rehabilitation after joint replacement and joint injuries?

Yes. Nordic walking is used extensively across Europe as a rehabilitative tool for hip and knee surgery. This is because it keeps the hip and knee tracking in the correct alignment over the foot. It also decreases the strain on these joints by spreading the work load  between the upper and lower body - and the poles of course.


Nordic walking was originally used by elite cross-country skiers as away to stay in top shape throughout the summer season.
It is now a popular method for people of all ages and all fitness levels to stay fit and active, lose weight, improve health and wellbeing     

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