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Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking and is seen to be twice as effective!
It often gets confused with and mistaken for trekking, hill walking or trail running, however Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique – the poles are not planted in front of the walker, but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body.
It 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 above all, fun.
The unique element of Nordic Walking is that poles are used in order to add two major benefits to walking:
The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs. Also the poles help propel the walker along, meaning the individual can work harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it fell easier!
•Tones the upper and lower body
•Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
•Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
•Reduces the pressure on knees and joints
•Great for the Heart and Lungs
•Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems,
•It is on e of the most effective cross training techniques for athletes and sportspeople who require ultimate cardiovascular and endurance conditioning.
There are no need for hills or country paths and no need to wear special clothing. It can be done by anyone, anywhere!
Exercising with people creates a social environment and being in the outdoors is proven to boost mood so why not make the most of it this spring and have a go...