Nordic walking is a technique derived from Scandinavia which involves the use of
walking poles to increase the amount of effort used.
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Originally called ski walking, it uses 2 poles
which are similar to those used when skiing.
The use of these poles makes it
an excellent upper body
workout because it challenges the muscles of the upper body at the same time as working the
also the additional benefit of increased balance and stability that you’ll get from using 2
Nordic walking is growing in popularity
throughout the world and estimates suggest that over 10 million people regularly use to help
themselves stay fit.
It’s a great way to exercise outdoors that
doesn’t require huge amounts of co-ordination or skill, although there is a definite technique to
using the poles which should be learnt if the most benefit is to be gained.
It’s being increasingly used by fitness
professionals and health clubs as another unique and diverse way to improve the fitness and weight
loss of their clients.
It’s a very social activity which is both fun
and challenging. The fact that many classes tend to be set in rural areas also adds to the
enjoyment and pleasure of the activity.
Here’s a Quick Summary of the Biggest Benefits of Nordic
- It is great for speeding up weight loss
and toning the arms and shoulders
- Burns up to 20 – 30% more calories than
- Increases the strength of your
- Strengthens most of the muscles of your
- Reduces the stress on the
- The poles help improve balance and
- Strengthens the bones of the lower and
upper body and can combat the effects of osteoporosis.
- Reduces the impact of the heels as they
strike the ground by up to 30%.
Nordic Walking is ideal for anyone who wants to
be fit and healthy. Whilst Nordic walking may well be a great addition to anyone’s
healthy lifestyle, there are a
couple of downsides...
- Firstly the cost of buying good quality
walking poles isn’t cheap and...
- Secondly you may feel a little more
conspicuous walking along the street using walking poles.
This is a particular drawback to anyone who is
a little overweight and uncomfortable about exercising in public as attention will definitely be
drawn to you as you walk along.
I would definitely recommend Nordic
walking as long as you aren’t concerned about the cost of buying the poles or
the funny looks you might get from passers by.
If you don’t think it’s for you then don’t
worry because you can easily get similar benefits by using the power walking
techniques found in my new ‘Walking For Weight Loss Plan.’