Nordic walking, an activity with adapted ski poles, has gained popularity in Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium, becoming a true hype in Scandinavia and the USA. Originating in Finland as a summer training for cross-country skiers, it now boasts a million practitioners there. Nordic walking engages the shoulders and upper arm muscles more, providing a less stressful alternative to running and a less tiring experience than regular walking without poles. The distributed body load results in considerable joint relief, with the correct pole usage alleviating knee and ankle joints by up to 30%. This activity elevates heart rate by 10 to 15 beats per minute, benefiting heart and blood vessels. Nordic walking boosts oxygen uptake by 20% and energy consumption by 45% compared to normal walking, making it an excellent endurance sport for improving fitness and aiding in weight loss.
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