Nordic walking is an outdoor fitness exercise that involves the use of poles in walking. The exercise which dates back to the 1930’s originated from Finland and got its inspiration from cross country skiing.
Nordic walking is not restricted to a certain age as it is suitable for all ages. Although it is not so common in Nigeria as very few people know or have heard about it, but in Western countries it is commonly practiced.
Nordic walking is just like walking, the only difference is you use poles in walking.
How does Nordic Walking work?
The poles are strapped to the wrists and swing around the body diagonally, creating a twisting motion in the waist that works the abdominal. The upper body leans slightly forward as you swing the poles.
When walking uphill, the body continues to lean even farther forward for balance and the poles are kept on either sides of your body, but when walking downhill, the poles are expected to be kept behind you instead of swinging on either side.
As stated earlier, Nordic walking involves the use of poles in walking, this poles are used so as take the weight off your knees, lower body joints and to make you maintain stride and balance. Hence, the poles make you feel lighter on your feet.
Nordic walking like any other fitness exercise is good for the health.
Health benefits of Nordic walking:
- Nordic walking is good for the heart
- It reduces the risk of chronic illness such as diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity etc.
- It is good for weight loss
- It improves balance
- Enhanced nerve response
- Faster recovery time; if previously sick
If you are looking for an exercise that will help you lose weight and manage your stress, then try Nordic walking. You can join a local group or learn the stride yourself and test it before investing in the poles.