The parks and paths are overrun with walkers, walking sticks at the ready
Nordic walking is the most democratic way to get in shape. We are all welcome in it. You can be a Nordic walker when you are young, older, sedentary, obese, clumsy, an athlete in perfect shape …
You have surely coincided with them. In a park, walking a path through the countryside or making the cycle path in your area your own with poles at the ready and good shoes. They are the Nordic walkers, Nordic walking enthusiasts who are making one of the most complete and easy forms of exercise out there in fashion.
It is a very suitable type of exercise for people who have never practiced sports, for the elderly, for back patients, with osteoporosis or other chronic diseases.
It is also recommended to women who have been operated on for breast cancer and have consequences in the form of lymphedema.
Nordic walking is being prescribed more and more for people who need to lose weight, as it stimulates fat-burning metabolism.
WHAT IS THE NORDIC WALK?
Experts define Nordic walking or “Nordic walking” as a form of walking that not only includes the action of the legs -as in normal walking-, but also the upper part of the body. It consists of walking at a more or less vigorous pace with the impulse provided by specific poles.
By moving the poles, a new movement is created for the whole body. It is, therefore, a much more profitable exercise (although it obviously requires more effort than just walking) and acts on the body in a non-aggressive but very effective way. By exercising the legs and the muscles of the upper trunk, up to 90% of the body muscles are mobilized, which represents an expenditure in calories very close to that of jogging or light running.
You can always start, regardless of your physical starting point. It is completely adjustable in intensity to each person, age, previous physical condition, and objective.
“It’s more than proven benefits include improving muscle strength, the cardiovascular system, coordination, and mobility.
WHERE TO PRACTICE NORDIC WALKING?
The best is a path with a smooth surface and a wide path so that the arms have their space. It can be done on asphalt, concrete, dirt, sand, beach, or grass, as long as it is flat.
Experts can try slightly hilly and hilly terrain, but they are much harder workouts.
6 BENEFITS OF NORDIC WALKING
- It is a super profitable exercise. You do much more exercise with poles than without. With Nordic walking, you work, simultaneously, resistance, strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance.
2. The overload on the joints is low because walking with poles minimizes the impact on the lower limb joints (ankles, knees, or hips) and the upright posture improves vertebral alignment reducing back pain.
3. 90% of the body’s muscles are worked.
4. Lung capacity is gained
5. Relaxes the tension of the neck and neck
6. Strengthens the cardiovascular level
“Nordic walking improves certain metabolic and vascular risk factors, strengthens the immune system and helps prevent cognitive decline; In older people, it reduces the risk of falling and delays the functional deterioration associated with aging.
Other positive aspects of Nordic walking are:
It is practiced preferably outdoors, in contact with nature and, usually, in a group. You don’t need a lot of equipment, just a pair of carbon fiber or aluminum poles. Better the first ones, since they are lighter, absorb better the impact, and are more stable.
IMPORTANT: Look for a qualified sports technician to instruct you on the correct technique.