Nordic walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It was originally developed as a summer training exercise for elite cross country skiers. Since the 1980s it has developed into a recreational physical activity in its own right. Nordic Walking has been around in the UK for over 10 years and has grown in popularity as an exercise option for people of all ages and abilities as it is effective, affordable and fun. Nordic walking is a specific fitness technique that uses the whole body. Unlike when using trekking poles, nordic walking poles are planted behind you to propel you along. This engages the upper body and arms as you push through the pole. This makes you feel lighter on your feet and gives you the sensation it is easier to walk, even through you are actually working your whole body more. Nordic walking has 4 major advantages:
• You use 90% of your major muscles so your upper body gets toned as well as your legs and backside!
• You can burn 20-40% extra calories by using the poles - this can really help with weight loss.
• It helps to take the pressure off your knees and joints
• You can get the most out of even a fairly short walk!
In order to gain the maximum benefit from Nordic Walking it is important to learn the correct technique from a qualified Nordic Walking UK Instructor. Through a structured programme they can help you master the basics and ensure you are able to competently Nordic Walk, and gain the most from the activity. You can then exercise effectively on your own, or join into group walks organised all over the UK. A 'Learn to Nordic Walk' course is an ideal way to start for those interested. It is a structured teaching programme of four one hour sessions that will teach you and help you master the basics. You will learn which muscles you are working and how you can use Nordic walking to improve your fitness. Nordic Walking poles will be provided and no specialist sports clothing is required. All you need is some comfortable shoes to walk in and enthusiasm to try something new! Visit www.nordicwalking.co.uk for more information about Nordic walking.