Frequently Asked Questions
about nordic walking
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What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to improve your natural walking experience. With a poling technique that is similar to cross country skiing, Nordic Walking becomes a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at any level. More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.
Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full body workout, which means that you:
- exercise around 90% of your skeletal muscle
- burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles
- release tension in the neck and shoulders
- improve your posture and gait
- strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
- reduce the impact on the joints
And because Nordic Walking doesn't feel like hard work you'll be happy to walk further and for longer.
Nordic Walking is a very accessible activity and something that can be shared by people of different fitness levels. It's an ideal activity for people who haven't exercised for a while or who dislike traditional sports or gym activities. An injured person can use the poles to support and guide, working to improve fitness as part of their rehabilitation. Athletes can use Nordic Walking for cross training and incorporate Nordic running. community groups find it a sociable way to keep fit. If you'd like to shed a few pounds, then Nordic Walking is an enjoyable way to do this. Whatever your age from 8 to 80+, you'll probably enjoy discovering the benefits of Nordic Walking that improve your quality of life.
Are the poles provided?
The poles are provided for the Learn to Nordic Walk sessions. Thereafter poles are available for £1 per session.
Can I use trekking poles?
No, the Nordic Walking technique requires the use of the Nordic Walking hand strap which facilitate a release of the pole with each step.
What does a typical session involve?
A typical session is organised at a park such as Hinchingbrooke or Riverside Park meeting in the car park. After issuing equipment as appropriate, we start with a warm up to mobilise the joints; then go for a walk - every walk has a technique focus and drill along the way; ending with a cool down stretch. Where there is a café at the park there is the opportunity to stop for a drink afterwards.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing that allows you to move and will keep you warm and dry. Several thin layers are better than a single thick layer. Gloves need to be thin enough to wear beneath the pole straps (leather or shell works well). Hats, buffs, water-proof over trousers if necessary.
Do I need walking boots?
No supportive trainers or walking shoes are best. Avoid anything with a rigid sole or walking boots. Trail shoes usually offer good support and grip with some being Gore-tex lined to keep your feet dry in wet grass.
What should I bring?
A bottle of water, possibly a snack.
Do you do private lessons?
Yes, please call me to arrange. The charge is £25 for a one to one session for a maximum of 5 participants.
Do I need to check with my doctor first?
If you have any doubts or concerns about your health, then yes.
How much does it cost?
All scheduled group sessions last 60 minutes and cost £5 (plus £1 for pole hire).
Can I pay by online bank transfer?
Yes the details are: Loraine Hilton | HSBC Bank | Sort Code 40-25-22 | Account Number 81507516
What should I look out for when buying Nordic Walking poles?
You can buy Nordic Walking poles from as little as £35. The document below points out the key options when making your selections. Please contact me if you plan to purchase Exel poles as you may be able to get discount through the instructor scheme.