Nordic walking is an enhanced form of natural walking using special poles designed to engage your legs and upper body providing a total body workout.* Unlike hiking poles which are used for stability, Nordic walking poles have small rubber boots or paws on the bottom that the walker pushes against to propel forward, resulting in great upper body benefits.* Very popular in Europe and gaining traction in North America, Nordic walking can offer a myriad of health benefits. We’ll explore some of these benefits and how it can impact your health for the better.
Improves your posture, balance and co-ordination which is beneficial and safe for those with peripheral neuropathy in the feet.*
Provides a full body workout involving 90% of all muscles in the body.*
Increases upper body muscle usage by 95% compared to walking without poles.*
Increases your upper limb range of motion and muscle endurance, especially after breast cancer surgery.*
Increases your heart rate and caloric expenditure without making you feel that you are working that much harder. The perceived exertion is similar to that of normal walking, but you burn 30% more calories.*
These are only a few of the many benefits of Nordic walking and what it can offer you. As always, please consult your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet, medical, and exercise regimen.