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The Benefits of Nordic Walking

What is Nordic Walking?

Female Nordic Walking instructor in CornwallNordic Walking uses 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, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running.  More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.


What are the benefits?

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
  • release tension in the neck and shoulders
  • improve your posture and gait
  • strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
  • reduce the  impact on the joints

Because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.

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 and incorporate Nordic running. Community groups find it a sociable way to keep fit.  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 improve your quality of life.

You can read more about benefits of Nordic Walking on the INWA website.

If you are interested in learning more why not attend one of our Nordic Walking taster sessions