What is Nordic walking?


Nordic walking is described as:

  • Nordic walking, originally known as ski walking, is a physical activity consisting of walking with poles similar to ski poles.
Nordic walking is a derivative of off-season ski-walking, and can be used as an alternative to ordinary fitness walking because it can easily be mastered and can be done year round in any climate anywhere by a person of any age or ability might otherwise walk without poles.

It combines walking with core and upper body conditioning and aerobic effects similar to those of Nordic skiing.

Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Walkers use more of their entire body and receive fitness building stimulation not as present in normal walking for the chest, lats, triceps, biceps, shoulder, abdominals, spinal and other core muscles. This extra muscle involvement leads to enhancements over ordinary walking at equal paces such as:

•    increased overall strength and endurance in the core muscles and the entire upper body
•    significant increases in heart rate at a given pace
•    increasing vascular pathways and oxygen delivery efficiency
•    greater ease in climbing hills
•    burning more calories than in plain walking
•    improved balance and stability with use of the poles
•    significant un-weighting of hip, knee and ankle joints
•    provides density preserving stress to bones

Accepted Nordic walking techniques vary offering a variety of viable choices making the activity accessible to both athletes and the athletically challenged, and accommodating people of all ages and all fitness levels—including those with balance, stability and gait issues.
Nordic walking is walking with specially designed poles. The arms to match each step you take by mimicking the cross-country skiing movement use the poles. It helps in maintain a proper upper body alignment while walking. Some fitness Gurus considered that a low impact Cardio exercise that provides a whole-body workout. And of course, it is a good out door group activity.
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