Live well, get active in 2019
Did you know that although life expectancy overall has increased to 79.2 for men and 82.9 for women, healthy life expectancy is only 63.4 for men and 64.1 for women. This means you may live your final 16-18 years with increasing poor health, pain and dependence. The good news is, there is something you can do about it. Regular exercise is the miracle that can reverse, stop or reduce the effects of aging in every system in the body - including bones and joints, muscles and muscle fibres, the cardiorespiratory system including lungs and heart, the nervous system including the brain and the psychological and psychosocial aspects of aging.
Regular activity is important at all ages, but 50 years of age marks a point in middle age where regular physical activity can prevent many of the physical, psychological and social hazards that are associated with increasing age (WHO 1997) and the older one becomes, the more regular physical activity is needed. As a guideline adults should be doing 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or 75 minutes of intense physical activity per week. One of the biggest misconceptions and barriers to exercise, is that many people believe they are already active when in fact they are sedentary. Is this you?
Why not try something new in 2019 even if you think you are doing enough. How about Nordic Walking your way to fitness? 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 whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, at low, medium or high intensity. 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.