Nordic Walking is fitness walking with specially designed poles and a learned technique to create a low stress, total body workout.
It is applicable to almost anyone and can be done on a variety of surfaces – grass, footpaths, forest trails, the beach and even in snow. As the name suggests, Nordic Walking was developed in the Scandinavian countries by cross-country skiers wanting to improve their summer training methods. The poles are quite different to regular hiking poles, and are used with a push back action like cross-country skiing.
As a form of exercise Nordic Walking is rapidly gaining popularity around the world, due to the health benefits and because it is fun! The use of the poles reduces the impact forces and weight-bearing on your legs and back when your foot contacts the ground. You use more muscles, burn more calories, move faster, and get a whole body workout. There is more movement in your trunk and increased use of your trunk muscles, improving posture.
Put simply, it is Smarter Walking!
Nordic Walking can be used as part of a rehabilitation program and variations on the basic technique can be made to accommodate for specific injuries. It is especially useful to help you get up hills easier. For those at a higher level of fitness and skill, the poles can be used for Nordic Jogging, Bounding and Skating drills.
Through our business, Nordic Walking Brisbane, we sell high quality One Way and Leki brands of diamond carbon fibre Nordic Walking poles in four models, including 2 collapsible models most suitable for adventure travellers. We also train you in Nordic Walking technique and specific drills and exercises, and you can claim this as a physio consultation with your private health fund if the lesson is conducted by a physiotherapist. In most cases it takes at least four to five sessions of instruction to build the basic technique, with practice time required between each session.
To find out more please visit www.nordicwalkingbrisbane.com.au.