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WHAT IS NORDIC WALKING?

 

Nordic Walking is great for people who are looking for a smart physical activity with maximum health benefits, combined with fun and convenience. Get into shape by burning up to 46% more calories than regular walking without increased exertion. Nordic Walking takes fitness walking to a new level by adding poles to produce an incredible upper body workout. This workout increases your endurance, strengthens your core, arms, chest, back, buttocks and legs improves your posture and flexibility and it takes stress off your ankle, knee and hip joints.

As Nordic Walking is experiencing accelerated growth in such a short period of time and is now among the fastest growing new health & fitness activities worldwide.

 
 
 

HEALTH BENEFITS

The most effective cardiovascular workout!

Many doctors agree that Nordic walking is one of the most effective cardiovascular workouts because it works all major muscle groups in the body.

Recent studies by the Cooper Institute, Dallas, showed that Nordic walking burned more calories, increased oxygen consumption, and can be up to 46% more efficient than normal walking.

Normal walking, even with a fast pace and good stride, only uses approximately 70% of the muscle mass in the body at any given time. Put some Nordic Walking poles in your hands, and with the proper technique, you will now be utilizing up to 90% of your body’s muscle while increasing your heart rate significantly.

 
 

NORDIC WALKING HISTORY

Nordic Walking started in Finland in the early 20th century as a summer training exercise for cross country skiers. The real breakthrough of Nordic Walking as a practiced exercise came in 1997, when a Finnish company, in cooperation with athletes and sports medicine experts, invented a new wrist strap system to make the present-day Nordic walking technique possible.

With the rapid growth and numerous benefits that are being experienced by this new form of physical activity it was to be expected that it would not be long before this style of walking crossed over the borders of Finland and was adopted into other countries as a preferred method of exercise for health/rehabilitation and fitness.

Outside of Finland Nordic Walking has been well received in numerous countries such as Austria, Germany, Norway, and Sweden and is now progressing well into other countries such as Japan, Australia, Netherlands, UK, and the USA.


EQUIPMENT

As with any sport, it's always important to have the right equipment and instruction - Nordic Walking is no different.

For best fitness results and physical safety, ensure that you use only Nordic Walking poles which have been specifically designed for this sport.

**Don't be tempted to use skiing, hiking or trekking poles which are designed and meant to be for a totally different purpose.

Our Beginners Basic Starter Package is a great value because it includes everything needed to get started.

Our Starter package includes Nordic Walking Poles and the Instructional Video to guide you in the right direction of your training.

 

ANWA OFFICIAL INSTRUCTIONAL DVD

This Nordic Walking DVD/Video is detailed sixty minute, full-length instructional DVD/Video. This DVD (with online downloadable versions available) explains everything about Nordic Walking in 16 easy to follow chapters.

Get a comprehensive overview of Nordic Walking; Proper technique is necessary to achieve the amazing health benefits this sport provides! Now you can learn the correct technique from the comfort of your home.

You would also be better prepared to come to one of our ANWA workshops or Certification seminar!

It’s also a great resource for your future students- when conducting classes and great to share with friends, family and other potential Nordic Walking Teammates!

TECHNIQUE

When you walk normally and carry poles with you, it is called the “2-wheel drive”. As soon as you grip the poles properly and start using your upper body, you’re now in “4-wheel drive” and the workout has just reached a brand new level.

Every step should begin with the heel touching the ground and rolling forward to the ball and toe area, where you will push off to propel yourself forward.

The hands should constantly be in a “grip-n-go” state with the pole. They should grip the pole every time the pole hits the ground, then let it go as it is drawn back behind the body, finishing up with an open hand.

As the arms continue to move the poles, the torso and hips should be involved in a counter-swinging motion from the lower body. This effectively works the mid-torso muscle groups.