Nordic walking has great health benefits – in general it gives you a much better workout than an ordinary walk. It has the same effect on the body as running (the muscles in your legs and arms will be used more and circulation increases), but you won’t be so out of breath and it’s easier!
It´s also much more fun than just “walking”. Walking with poles promotes a more dynamic walk and more muscle-use is initiated simultaneously.
Nordic walking is a gentle way of increasing your fitness, and almost everyone can do it. I can quickly show you the tecnique, and it doesn’t matter if you are not a regular walker or are overweight, you´ll soon get the hang of it.
Nordic walking is very popular in Scandinavia, where ski-ing is common (hence the poles!). I was one of the first people to start Nordic walking in Denmark. The hilly, rocky terrain in Andalucia is perfect for Nordic walking.
The science stuff…….with Nordic walking, the pulse rate is about 5 – 17 beats per minute higher than with normal walking, so great for cardio-vascular exercise. Compared to regular walking, you will use approximately 20% more energy. It burns about 400 calories per hour (normal walking is about 280 calories).
The advantages of Nordic walking:
- It’s an effective way to achieve fitness and it doesn’t feel like hard work.
- It improves circulation.
- You can achieve health benefits without having to walk quickly, because you use a lot of muscles at once.
- Proper use of the poles can relieve pressure on joints, especially the knees.
- You will be able to go out for a walk even though your legs aren’t that strong.
- Diagonal movements loosen up the muscles in the neck, shoulders, around the lower back and pelvis.
- Nordic walking is easy to learn.
- It doesn’t require much equipment – just pair of good poles and sturdy shoes.
- It’s fun!
5,- euros per class (1 hour),
22,- euros for 5 classes
42,- euros for 10 classes.