About Nordic Walking
What is it?
Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking it makes something we can
.twice as effective!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Camelbak sized small rucksack
Extra clothing layer dependant on season and elements
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.
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.