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…]