Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do twice as effective
Nordic Walking was originally used by cross country skiers as a way to stay in shape through the summer months. Now it has grown into a popular way for people of all ages and levels of health to gain fitness, tone up, lose weight and improve their well-being.
Nordic Walking uses poles to add two major benefits to walking. Unlike when trekking or rambling, Nordic Walking poles are planted behind you in order to propel you along. This engages the upper body and makes you feel lighter on your feet which has four major advantages.
1) You use 90% of your major muscles so your upper body gets toned as well as your legs and backside!
2) You can burn 20-40 extra calories by using the poles - this can really help with weight loss.
3) It takes the pressure of your knees and joints and is great for back and neck problems.
4) You can get the most out of even a fairly short walk!
However, in order to gain maximum benefit from Nordic Walking it is essential that you learn the correct technique from a qualified Nordic Walking instructor.
Who is it suitable for?
Nordic Walking is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. We, at pole2pole, will always make sure that you stay at the pace and level that is right for you.
It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.
pole2pole Nordic Walking has been promoted by our local Weight Watchers groups, physiotherapists, sports therapists and GP surgeries. We have worked to help with research organised by the British Heart Foundation, other medical research bodies as well as local universities.
pole2pole Nordic Walking is proud to have been associated with the Fit as a Fiddle campaign
Taster sessions have recently been promoted in the Metro and Woman's Weekly and you might have seen Nordic Walking featured on BBC1 Countryfile - have a quick look at the video here
It doesn't matter whether you haven't exercised in years or you are a recent marathon runner - everyone can get something from pole2pole Nordic Walking.
It is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and it is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs and recommended by physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and FUN!