Will this be another fitness gimmick that is here today and gone tomorrow?
For over 40 years Nordic Walking has most commonly be practiced in Scandinavia as the summer fitness conditioning for cross-country skiers, even before this, sports colleges and health care establishments have for a long time considered Nordic Walking as a form of treatment.
Now this activity is spreading across the globe and is being adopted by millions of people as their preferred method of physical activity and growing from strength to strength in many arenas from rehabilitation to fitness, recreational and now in most countries as a sport.
Nordic Walking has stood the test of time and is today the fastest growing sport in the world.
Am I too old to do Nordic Walking? I’m nearly eighty years old!
We have people in their late eighties that have experienced the benefits of Nordic Walking as it appeals to your age group. In the same time it gives you a sense of security and confidence because you feel more balanced and stable on your feet instead of your normal two feet.
And by improving ones balance and stability you enhance your chances of greater mobility. So if you are still able to walk at even a very slow pace try Nordic Walking and experience the difference.
Walking faster or jogging, will that give me the same results?
To walk faster or jog may mot always be the best outcome. It will be governed by individual’s motivational limits and enjoyment levels and also increases significantly the amount of stress put on the body wich may likely cause injury and in turn reduces the enjoyment factor.
Scientific studies show that using poles at a perceived lessor rate of effort or at a slower speed can achieve the same outcomes.
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 surface and the asphalt rubber tips are used on hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt.
So Nordic Walking is great on your favorite beach or in your local park or utilising your local suburban footpath.
Why can’t I just use my hiking/trekking poles?
Trekking poles have been designed specifically for their sport just like Nordic Walking poles have been. The Nordic Walking poles have a very unique wrist strap system wich allows the user to obtain maximum push off from the strap without having to grip the handle of the pole to firmly.
The handle of the pole is more ergonomically designed to allow for a more ease of grip whilst pole walking. Plus the spike tip has been designed to allow maximum grip on the soft and hard surface whilst completing the pole push off at the end of the Nordic Walking action.
The pole shafts are made of a very durable and lightweight composite material with good flexibility and shock absorbing capabilities for repetitive motion wich is performed during Nordic Walking.
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 utilise 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. So simply trekking poles are designed to give you stability/support to prevent movement and Nordic Walking poles are designed to enhance movement in a forward propel motion whilst still giving you stability and support.
The straps, handles and spike tips are where the difference in design matters between the type of poles and usage.
Nordic Walking looks simple. Does one really need a training course?
Yes it looks simple and it is easy to learn. We recommend an Introduction Class with a qualified trainer to learn the technique correct 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 course prize. Vital theoretic knowledge will be teached and the practice of the Nordic Walking technique will be applied within a small class. Beside the the new technique it is great fun and a social experience to do it within a group.
What outfit must I wear to do Nordic Walking?
To start off a good pair of walking, running or trekking shoes will be good enough.
Some easy fitting, breathable sports clothing and the right length of Nordic Walking poles and off you walk.