Nordic Walking for me is about fun, fitness and friendship.
It has given me all 3 of these things
What is Nordic Walking?
Why, when, where and with who?
Welcome to Nordic Walk With Us
Nordic walking is a full-body exercise that’s easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Find out about the special technique, the health benefits and getting started.
Nordic walking was originally a summer training regime for cross-country skiers. It’s based on using specially designed walking poles in a way that harnesses the power of the upper body to propel you forward as you walk. Now it’s a recognised way to turn a walk into whole body exercise, that can be done by anybody anywhere.
Who is it suitable for?
People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from Nordic walking. Classes range from gentle walks for people with health concerns, to workout walks, which are a great way to improve fitness, lose weight and tone the body.
What will I need?
You’ll need a pair of Nordic walking poles (which are different to those used for trekking due to how you use the strap and the angle you plant them on the ground) and walking shoes and proper clothing. Most Nordic walking instructors will supply the poles but you can buy good quality ones from about £60.
What difference do the poles make?
When properly used, the poles take the weight off the knees and lower body joints – this makes you feel lighter on your feet.
What’s the technique?
You move in a similar way to ordinary walking and swing your arms from your shoulder with your elbows straight – think of a soldier marching. To get the full benefits and avoid injury, it is best you join a local group to learn the technique. Do you want to learn this life skill? Get Into Nordic Walking courses and Technique Workshops available.
What are the health benefits of Nordic walking?
Similar to other forms of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, regular Nordic walking can lower your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. Nordic walking, like any other form of exercise, can also be used as part of an exercise programme to lose weight.
Is it easier on your joints?
Those with joint conditions or who may be carrying some extra body weight’s will find this activity suitable, as the upper-body is sharing the workload, it is thought to take up to 30% strain of lower joints. Clients who are waiting for a hip or knee operation often find the poles are a real help. Source: NHS Choices
What the group members say about Nordic Walking
Nordic Walk With US is structured, so you are taught how to do this properly and in a way which will enable you to get the best out of it. Then there’s the process of keeping up with it and that for many people works best with regularly scheduled walks led by members of the NWWUs team. There’s a big range of different options for different ability levels. I’ve been impressed with the way the Instructor works out the follow through and ensures that you are in a group that is right for your level.What makes this enjoyable as well, is the social side. I find I can walk further and faster, engrossed in an interesting conversation. Nordic walking is well worth doing. Mike – ReActive8 member Sept 2016