Do you want to increase your fitness, lose weight, tone your upper body and do not like jogging? Nordic Walking is a fun way to improve your physical condition irrespective of age, sex and fitness level.
This fun and social cardiovascular workout utilises over 90% of the skeletal muscles, burns over 20% more calories than normal walking and provides a full body workout with less strain on joints than running.
Nordic Walking is a great way to socialise and an alternative to a coffee morning as you can 'walk and talk' and have a well deserved rest afterwards. However, it is also suitable for performance sport.
What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is cardiovascular/aerobic fitness walking with specially designed poles. If using the technique properly almost every muscle in the body is trained.
Nordic Walking started in Finland as an off-season training method for competitive cross-country skiers. Now 10% of the Finish population Nordic walks at least once a week.
It is the fastest growing recreational fitness sport in the world with an estimated 3.5 million Nordic Walkers at the end of 2004.
During walking with poles the movements of the arms, legs and body match the rhythm of walking firmly. The arms swing forward and backward and the powerful placement of the pole increase the length of the strides.
When using the technique almost all muscles are exercised. The muscles of the arms, shoulder areas and trunk are more actively stimulated.
In order to obtain full benefit of the technique it is important to learn the technique properly, which teaches you how to engage the upper body and the full extension of the arms.
Features and Benefits
These are just some of the benefits that can be achieved through Nordic Walking.
The only equipment you will need is some good trainers and Nordic Walking poles.
Nordic Walking Exel Accessories
Water Bottle Belts
These can be purchased through your instructor.
Nordic Walking classes
There are three levels of Nordic Walking:
Health: for anyone with a bodily restriction or health condition
Fitness: total aerobic body workout, endurance
Sport: for highly-trained athletes
Induction Class / Taster session
Beginners - Intermediate (6 x 1
Beginners - Advanced (8 x 1