What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is walking using specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience. With a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross country skiing, Nordic Walking becomes a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, at low, medium or high intensity. More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.
How Will it Benefit my body?
Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full body workout, which means that you:
- Burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles
- Use 90% of your muscle groups
- Release tension in the neck and shoulders
- Improve your posture and gait
- Strengthen your core muscles – back and abdominal muscles
- Reduce the impact on the joints by 28% due to the technique
Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work so you can happily go further.
Is Nordic Walking for You?
Nordic Walking is a very accessible activity and something that can be shared by people of different fitness levels.
It’s an ideal activity for people who haven’t exercised for a while or who dislike traditional sports or gym activities
An injured person can use the poles to support and guide, working to improve fitness as part of their rehabilitation.
Athletes can use Nordic Walking for cross training.
If you’d like to shed a few pounds, then Nordic Walking is an enjoyable way to do this. It’s great for fitness enthusiasts who like to try new things.
Whatever your age from 8 to 80, you’ll probably enjoy discovering the benefits of Nordic Walking that improves your quality of life.
Ask or call Reception on 01462 490141 for details on current courses.
The Course consists of four 1 hour lessons to learn the 10 steps of the Nordic Walking Technique.
First Lesson – you learn the first 5 steps of the technique and learn about the Nordic Walking poles
Second Lesson – you practise the first 5 steps
Third lesson – you learn steps 5 to 10 and go for a short walk
Fourth Lesson – you go for a Nordic Walk, fine tuning your technique as you walk
Nordic Walking Poles are provided for each lesson. The cost of the course is £48 and is non refundable.
What to Wear
No special clothing is required. Wear something appropriate to the weather but avoid long coats as this will interfere with the movement of the poles. A short anorak is best.
Shoes that you are comfortable to walk in and that are appropriate to the weather. Trainers or walking shoes are perfect. Avoid walking boots or anything that comes above or round your ankle, as this will impede the flexibility of your ankle.
What to Bring
A water bottle and if required a small rucksack.
The lessons take place in every type of weather. Classes will only be postponed if there is lightning or the risk of lightning.