Nordic Walking utilises poles recruiting the upper and lower body turning your walk into an overall body workout. 90% of the body’s muscles are engaged including the all important core muscles. The intensity of your walk can be increased or decreased making it suitable for all fitness levels and ages.
It is a national pastime in the Nordic countries and actually originated in Finland amongst professional skiers as a way to stay fit during the summer months. The walking style is very specific and takes a few lessons to perform correctly. Once the technique with the poles is mastered there are different levels of intensity to engage depending on abilities.
It is also fantastic as an assist for people with knee, hip and back issues and any neurological (i.e: Parkinsons) disorders. Type 2 Diabetics are amongst our most popular groups as the cardiovascular aspect of the walking is very advantageous for this group.
The walking technique is taught in 3 x 1 hourly sessions. The first 2 lessons are taught very close together and then you have full loan of the Nordic Walking poles for a week to practice. We then meet for our 3rd session to review technique and learn how to increase the intensity of your walk.
Sessions 1 and 2 will focus on correct body alignment and walking technique with the poles. In session 2, we will video your technique so we can look at the things you are doing well and also the things that require a bit more practice.
Session 3 we will learn to walk up and downhill and also master steps using the correct pole technique. Gluteal activation and full arm swing are also taught in this lesson.