I started Nordic Walking 5 years ago at the same time as I started my own business and started WFH (working from home and sitting on a chair alot). Most weeks, I manage to walk for an hour with a group of like-minded people in the forest I am lucky enough to have on my doorstep.
We generally walk 4 miles at a good pace and for me, it is not just about getting a dose of fresh air and exercise, I enjoy the social aspect.
There is a technique to Nordic walking and before you start out and invest in some poles (proper Nordic walking poles cost around £65.00!), you need to have some lessons.
Once mastered, it is fairly easy and before long, you won’t have to think about your stride all of the time.
As yet, I have not managed to convince a single one of my friends to take up this form of activity – “Catherine, don’t you need snow to go Nordic walking?” and “Why can’t you just go for a normal walk like the rest of us?” however, I have decided to share with you just some of the benefits in my experience:
- Explore beautiful countryside and experience nature confused by our mixed seasons
- You can even go Nordic walking on the beach!
- Strengthens the arm and core muscles as well as the legs
- Burns calories – anywhere from 300-400 in an hour (20-40% more than normal walking)
- De-stress – a break from work and/or the highs and lows of working for yourself
- Great cardiovascular exercise – good for our hearts
- Relief from stiffness and pain in the legs, hips and back
- Injury or post operative recovery (one member of our group had her hip replaced after a fall and used Nordic walking as part of her rehabilitation – she was back with us walking normally after only 5 months and the Surgeon put her speedy recovery down to the fact that she was a regular Nordic walker)
- A healthy glow – believe it or not, in 5 years, I have only got soaked 3 times and I always end up with rosy cheeks
- A chance to meet new people and socialise – great for anyone who enjoys chatting to people and like me, occasionally needs cheering up
But best of all, NO MORE BINGO WINGS! Yes – Nordic walking takes care of those (for those of you who are not familiar with ‘bingo wings’, they are your triceps muscles underneath your arms which as we get older, tend to become a bit hanging/flabby shall we say!)
For more information or to find a Nordic walking Group or Instructor near you, visit nordicwalking.co.uk
If you would like any advice or recommendations, please let me know.