Nordic Walking

Articles and Advice, Physiotherapyon December 9th, 2013Comments Off on Nordic Walking

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic walking is a low impact walking exercise which results in a high fitness, total body workout.

Nordic walking originated as a form of cross training for elite cross-country skiers that has now been adopted world wide, for people of all ages and fitness levels, and across a variety of terrains.

The poles are specifically designed and used as a resistance tool to engage the upper body. This combined with the correct Nordic Walking technique results in a low impact total body exercise.

What are the benefits of Nordic Walking?

Research has demonstrated that Nordic Walking has greater fitness and health benefits than regular walking, trekking or jogging.

Benefits include:

  • Activates 90% of the body’s muscles
  • Burns up to 46% more calories than regular walking
  • Increases aerobic effect by up to 25% compared to regular walking
  • Decreases load and strain on the lower body
  • Tones upper arms, shoulders and back muscles
  • Improves lateral mobility of the spine
  • Develops core stability and strength
  • Promotes an upright posture

Who can participate in Nordic Walking?

Nordic walking is a suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It is an exercise that can be enjoyed individually or as a group, and on any form of terrain from beaches, parks, trails, grass and footpaths.

Nordic Walking can benefit a wide array of people and assist in the management of acute and chronic conditions. These include:

  • Cross training sports professionals
  • Chronic disease management – diabetes, arthritis, neuromuscular and cardio related diseases
  • Injury rehabilitation and post operative recovery
  • Total body fitness
  • Sustainable weight loss

Where can we learn the technique of Nordic Walking?

Attadale Physiotherapy runs both group and individual Nordic Walking classes.  Contact us on 93174777 to book in or to find out more.

For further information see the Nordic Academy website –

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