Nordic Walking

 

About Nordic Walking

What is it?

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do….twice as effective!

Nordic Walking uses poles to 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

The poles help to propel the walker along – this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.

Nordic Walking 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 FUN!

Nordic Walking technique MUST be learnt correctly if the participant is to get the most out of the activity – the full Health technique that ensures the whole body works efficiently is only taught by
NWUK qualified Instructors.

 Based on solid research, Nordic Walking has been shown to provide many health and fitness benefits. This unique and increasingly popular form of exercise has many advantages, both for healthy and fit individuals who want to increase their workouts and gain additional cardiovascular benefits as well as for those with medical conditions that restrict them from jogging or running. And those who have arthritis or other conditions that prevent them from walking without support can now get the advantages of a real workout.
New research studies are being conducted all the time as more and more health and fitness professionals realize the potential of Nordic Walking. Explore it for yourself – do your own research and experience personally the benefits of Nordic Walking!

Benefits:

Works your upper and lower body.

Exercises 90% of your body's muscles (95% if you're talking to friends in the class!)

Tones your legs, buttocks, chest, shoulders and particularly the backs of your arms.

Burns approximately 20% more calories than ordinary walking - but only if it's done right.

Ideal exercise for older adults to maintain functional capacity and help to lead an active life longer.

Can be done anywhere - no need for hills, country paths or even snow.

Appeals to all ages and fitness levels.

No need to wear special exercise clothing.

Very sociable, easy to learn and to keep up.

Why not get away from your desk by doing Nordic Walking during your lunch break? It can help lift aches and pains resulting from sitting in front of a computer.

Nordic Walking is very effective at conditioning the abdominal muscles that provide core stability. You could say it is an ideal way to take Pilates outdoors.

A perfect activity to combine the mental health benefits of effective exercise with those of being outdoors.

Starting Out

When starting out, I recommend participants wear trainers or walking shoes, to allow for the extra movement and activity of the foot in Nordic Walking.

In wet or muddy conditions, water protection and user comfort takes precedence so walking boots should be worn.

Many new clients will want to try Nordic walking before investing in equipment or clothing.

For introductory sessions any comfortable footwear with an acceptable grip for the terrain is acceptable.

Levels

Beginner - Basic Health Improvement technique

Intermediate - Fitness Improvement

Advanced - Fitness Development

These levels can be specifically tailored for weight loss, preparation for skiing, or other applications dependant on what clients wish to achieve.

 Required Client Equipment

Any prescription medication( to be carried on all sessions)

Mobile phone

Camelbak sized small rucksack

Extra clothing layer dependant on season and elements

Water

Energy bars/food

Sunscreen (hard to believe I know)

Comfortable suitable footwear

Clothing appropriate for the conditions ( I will confirm this prior to classes by email/phone)

Clients wearing footwear which may result in them becoming injured or cause them to have an accident will be refused participation.

Locations

Sessions are held throughout the South Hampshire area  using all open spaces including parks, sea fronts, beaches and forests.

I check out all locations for route safety, vehicle security, free parking, toilets, cafe facilities/pub facilities dependant on walk length and emergency vehicle access.

Contact Me @

Work: 01329842458

Mobile: 07767397360

Email:fitnessinspiration@hotmail.co.uk