Nordic Walking – A Whole Body Workout

nordic walkingThere are many different types of fitness walking.

You may be familiar with race walking and power walking, but then there’s also Nordic Walking. It may well be your new favorite fitness activity.

When I got my first Nordic walking poles from my mother years ago, the only fitness walking I did for a long time was Nordic walking. After trying Nordic walking, regular walking felt pointless.

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic walking is known by a number of different names. It’s called pole walking, ski walking and Nordic ski walking.

It started when Finnish cross-country skiers were looking for a way to train during the summer months and took to trails with their cross country poles. In 1997, a Finn named Marko Kantaneva designed the first poles made specifically for Nordic walking.

The biggest difference between regular and Nordic walking is the use of arms and upper body. Instead of swinging your arms like you might do when you jog or walk quickly, in Nordic walking you swing your poles. Each step forward is met with the opposite arm and pole coming forward. The pole touches the ground and extends back behind you.

Gearing Up For Nordic Walking

There are two essential pieces of equipment for Nordic walking.

The first piece of equipment you’ll want to invest in is proper Nordic walking poles. [Read more…]

How Many Calories Does Walking Burn?

If you’re walking for weight loss, you’re probably interested in how many calories you burn while walking.

[green]As a simple rule of thumb, you can have a rough estimate of your calorie consumption if you know your walking speed, body weight and time spent walking.[/green]

You Need to Estimate Your Walking Speed First

Here are a couple of ways to estimate your walking speed.

If you have a measured course or track you can use, it’s easy to arrive at an estimate of your walking speed simply by walking one mile and taking note of how much time you use. For example, if you walk a mile in 16 minutes, your walking speed is (60 / 16) / 1 = 3.75 mph.  If it takes you 20 minutes to walk a mile, your walking speed is (60 /20) / 1 = 3 mph. [Read more…]

How to Stay Motivated in Your Fitness Walking Program

Walking is a great way to get in shape, lose weight and feel energetic. (In my opinion, the best.)

Yet as good as it is for you, it can be challenging to maintain your motivation in the long run. The good news is there are a number of ways to keep yourself motivated.

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The best way to stay motivated in your walking program is to leverage the power of social relationships.

Connecting with others who have similar goals is a great way to stay motivated and make new friends. Support groups and membership sites are also full of helpful information about the best walking trails, walking gear and events.

Join A Walking Club – Or Form One Yourself

Support groups can be formed around almost any common goal like walking together, getting in shape or losing weight. Nowadays it’s easy to find walking groups both offline and online. Even your employer might have a walking program of their own, so check that option too. [Read more…]