Frequently Asked Questions about Nordic Walking
Will walking faster or jogging give me the same results as Nordic Walking?
No – Scientific studies show that using poles at a slower speed with a perceived lessor rate of effort provide far better results than fast walking or jogging. Also Nordic Walking has lower impact than jogging so is safer and injury-free.
Am I too old to do Nordic Walking? I’m nearly eighty years old!
Nordic Walking is the ideal physical activity for you as it is low impact, low effort, yet ideal for maintaining mobility, stability, balance and fitness for your walking lifetime. Yet it consumes about 46% more calories than normal walking! Nothing compares to Nordic Walking as the best exercise for elderly people.
Why can’t I just use my hiking/trekking poles?
The Nordic Walking poles have a very unique wrist strap system which allows the user to obtain maximum push off from the strap without having to grip the handle of the pole at all. The handle of the pole is also more ergonomically designed to allow for ease of grip. In addition, the spike tip has been designed to allow maximum grip on soft, slippery or hard surfaces whilst completing the pole push off at the end of the Nordic Walking action.
Will this be another fitness gimmick that is here today and gone tomorrow?
Nordic Walking has been practiced in Scandinavia for over 40 years as the summer fitness conditioning for cross-country skiers. In addition, before this, sports colleges & health care establishments have considered Nordic Walking as a form of treatment for most health issues. Nordic Walking has stood the test of time and is today the fastest growing sport in the world.
Where do I do Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is enjoyed in the great outdoors. It can be done on soft and hard surfaces as the poles are supplied with both:
- Hard metal spike tips for soft surface such as grassland, sand or slippery surfaces, and
- Rubber tips for hard surfaces such as concrete, bricks, paving stones or asphalt.
So Nordic Walking is great on your favorite beach, your local park, pavements, roads, local suburban footpaths and even cross country.
What is the difference between Trekking and Nordic Walking?
Simply said, trekking is where you head off into the wilderness and create your own pathway through the various landscapes. You use a single or pair of poles to support you and stabilise you from falling or slipping so they are used to prevent unexpected movement.
With Nordic Walking you must use an existing pathway, parkland or beach and a pair of poles that are specifically designed to enhance movement in a propelling motion forward whilst still giving improved stability, support and full body exercise.
Nordic Walking looks simple. Does one really need a training course?
Yes. Although it looks simple and it is easy to learn, you can’t acquire the technique without an Introduction Class with a qualified trainer showing you the correct technique right from the beginning. The class will be 90 minutes long. The exact pole length for usage will be measured and the rental is included in the price. Vital theoretic knowledge will be taught and the practice of the Nordic Walking technique will be applied within a small class. After that, within 2-3 walks you will cement the technique easily and quickly, making it automatic.
What outfit must I wear to do Nordic Walking?
What ever clothing you use for normal walking is all you need! That is one of the finest aspects of the ease and inexpensiveness of Nordic Walking