Nordic walking is walking with adapted ski poles. It is a (relatively) new activity in Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium and a hype in Scandinavia and the USA. In Finland, where Nordic walking comes from, there are already a million practitioners. Nordic walking originated in Finland as summer training for cross-country skiers. Nordic walkers make more use of their shoulders and upper arm muscles.
The effects of Nordic Walking:
Nordic walking is more intensive than walking, but less stressful for the body than running and is experienced as less tiring than walking without a pole. Despite the larger effects on the body, the intensity of experience is not greater. This is because the load is distributed more over the entire body. The back, shoulder and arm muscles are used more intensively and are therefore trained. This results in considerable relief of the joints. And with the correct use of the poles, the knee and ankle joints are relieved up to 30%. The heart rate is 10 to 15 beats per minute higher than with normal walking, this improves the functioning of heart and blood vessels. While Nordic walking the oxygen uptake is 20% higher and the energy consumption is even 45% higher compared to normal walking. Nordic walking is therefore ideally suited as an effective endurance sport for both better fitness and losing excess weight.
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