IS NORDIC WALKING THE BEST EXERCISE ALL ROUND?
For me the answer to this question is a resounding YES. I believe Nordic walking to be the best exercise you can do – hands down. What is it about this magical sport that can transform a person’s body, mind and wellbeing? Well here’s a few reasons why I continue to be bowled over with admiration for Nordic walking, and why it’s worth striding out as often as you can.
We were put on this earth to walk. It’s a completely natural movement for us and that’s why Nordic walking won’t pull muscles or tear tendons. The poles (not sticks!) ensure you walk correctly, the technique makes your walk more active and adds a powerful muscle strengthening boost. The poles also strengthen vital core muscles which means you can continue to carry your shopping, lift the kids and keep your back nice and strong. You can continue to be a fully functioning human for longer.
Walking and talking is even better.
There aren’t many sports where you can exercise AND talk, and to me that’s the holy grail. Humans are a sociable species and we just love to chat. If you can be happy on a treadmill with ear plugs in and no interaction with others that’s great, but it’s not for me. Talking while walking can keep us motivated and happy to return again and again. But there may be times when you just want to feel part of the group, be with people but in your quiet own space, and that’s brilliant too.
You can push yourself as hard as you like.
I chat with beginners who are worried that they won’t be able to keep up because their confidence has been knocked by fitness trainers in the past – that’s so not what we do at Norfolk Nordic Walking. Nordic walking is not elitist – it is the most inclusive exercise I have ever come across. But you definitely do work harder than you realise by joining a group – which is another huge bonus. There are plenty of opportunities to ‘rev up the gears’ and work harder, but also to simply enjoy being out and about. Our walks are also ‘geared up’ so you walk and work at a level to suit YOU.
Walk levels explained
Well Being / Gentle Walks – Mainly Gear 1 and gentle Gear 2 / 1.5 to 2 miles per hour
Adventure Walks – Mainly Gear 2 / 3 miles per hour / distances vary from 3 – 8 miles
Workout Walks – Gear 2 with Gear 3 / Faster walks / Work up a sweat / Often include hills for double-poling!
It gives you head space.
For me, the older I get the more regularly I need to switch off the chattering in my brain. Little things can become big things otherwise, and I don’t want to sweat the small stuff. Nordic walking takes you away from all that and can help you refocus. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard walkers saying ‘I really need this, I’ve had a terrible day!’. And it works, it really works. For me it’s powerful therapy.
It will give you a confidence boost.
If you’re toning your body, working those muscles (remember, if you don’t USE them, you LOSE them) and getting out and about, you’re doing something really wonderful for yourself. You’re being kind to yourself and that is a real confidence boost. It’s easy to be under a cloud sometimes and forget your worth, but exercise can help pull you out of it. In this busy world we live in, I feel people underestimate the power of GREEN exercise on the psyche.
You’ll walk in marvellous places
We have it all in Norfolk. We are so lucky to live in such a diverse county, but often, scouting new walks can turn into a battle with a map or guide book. Let us source the walks, and you enjoy the views! Simply find new amazing places literally on your backdoor step, or sign up for a Saturday Adventure in new/diverse places.
And a big thanks to you, our fantastic walkers…
We can’t believe how friendly and welcoming our Outdoor Fitness Club is, and that’s really down to you. Your support and kindness towards other walkers means newcomers feel happy to join on their own, and that is a wonderful thing. There’s no need to be competitive here (unless you want to) as we’re all here for the same reasons. We love walking, feeling fitter, meeting like-minded folk and getting ourselves out and about.
Have a great week – and see you all VERY soon,