Nordic walking is becoming one of the fastest growing forms of exercise and is particularly suited to those over fifty years old.
The concept originated in Finland in the 1930s when the cross-country skiers used poles to maintain their fitness during the summer. The technique developed and in 2000 The International Nordic Walking Association was founded to promote and teach Nordic Walking worldwide.
There are many health benefits to regular Nordic Walking. It exercises 90% of body muscles and uses up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking at the same speed. It feels less tiring than normal walking; therefore you can feel comfortable but are actually exercising harder and will be able to walk for longer. Walking correctly with the correct posture can help relieve neck and shoulder aches as well as hip and knee pain. Nordic walking can also improve back health in a number of ways; firstly by encouraging better posture, and secondly by activation of the core muscle in the trunk. It also encourages rotation of the upper body which helps the disc spaces stay healthy.
Walking with a group of people is a social activity which therefore enhances mood and relieves depression. It is also great fun!
If you are interested in learning more about Nordic Walking or would like to join a local group in Monmouth please contact Bridges reception 01600228660