Physical Benefits of Nordic Walking:
Tones the upper and lower body at the same time
Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
Reduces the pressure on knees and joints
Great for the Heart and Lungs
Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems
Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster then normal without feeling the effort. It is one of the most effective cross training techniques for athletes and sportspeople who require ultimate cardiovascular and endurance conditioning.
Nordic Walking uses poles to in order to add two major benefits to walking.
The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs. The poles help to propel the walker along – this means you work harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!
Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.
Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and FUN!
Nordic Walking technique MUST be learnt correctly if the participant is to get the most out of the activity – the full Health technique that ensures the whole body works efficiently is only taught by NWUK qualified Instructors.
Nordic Walking Fitness Classes are held on Saturday's
and Tuesday's at Gibside National Trust 10.00-11.00am
Classes run in 6 week blocks and must be booked in advance. Poles are provided.