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27 June, 2022


Nordic Pole Walking: what is it and why is it good for you

Do you love spending time outdoors but don't like the idea of running or jogging? If so, nordic pole walking may be the perfect activity for you!

Nordic pole walking

Nordic pole walking is a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while getting in a workout at the same time. In this blog post, we will discuss what nordic pole walking is and why it is such a good form of exercise. We'll also provide some tips on how to get started with nordic pole walking if you are interested in giving it a try.

What is nordic pole walking?

Nordic pole walking is a form of exercise that uses poles to provide resistance and increase intensity. It is a great way to get a workout without running or jogging, and it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. Nordic pole walking is especially beneficial for improving strength, endurance, and coordination.

Where nordic pole walking originate?

Nordic pole walking originated in Scandinavia, where it was used as a form of cross-country skiing training. Nordic pole walking quickly gained popularity as a form of exercise in its own right, and it is now enjoyed by people all over the world especially for those of us with less access to snow - we can now enjoy the benefits that cross country skiing provides.

Why nordic pole walking is so good?

Nordic pole walking is a great form of exercise for many reasons. It is low-impact, meaning it is easy on the joints. It can be done at your own pace, making it perfect for people of all fitness levels.

Additionally, nordic pole walking burns more calories than walking without poles because of the added resistance and it a great way to lose weight or improve cardiovascular health. Finally, nordic pole walking is a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air!

Nordic pole walking group

What is the difference between nordic pole walking and pole walking?

Pole walking is a term that is often used interchangeably with nordic pole walking. However, there is a difference between the two. Nordic pole walking specifically refers to the use of poles for resistance and intensity, whereas pole walking can simply refer to using poles for balance and support while walking.

Nordic pole walking drives you forward with each step , providing a great workout, whereas pole walking focuses more on balance and stability.

Nordic walking poles explained

These aren't your normal walking poles, as outlined above, there is a difference in their purpose, therefore also their structure.

As stated on the British Nordic Walking website, "Nordic Walking poles are very different to trekking or other walking poles with a slimmer hand grip and straps that are used as an integral part of the Nordic Walking technique."

Have a look at their explainer video.

How to get the right fit of nordic walking poles

There are a few things you need to take into consideration when purchasing nordic walking poles and getting the right fit for you:

  • The size of the pole should be based on your height and is typically 70% of your overall height.
  • The hand grip should be comfortable and allow you to grip the pole tightly without causing pain or discomfort.
  • The straps should be adjustable so that you can find a comfortable fit.
  • The poles should be made of a durable material and if you can stretch to materials such as carbon fibre, not only lighter, but they will help to reduce vibration and a better walking experience.

Now that you know a bit more about nordic pole walking, we hope you'll give it a try!

It's a great way to get outside, get active, and improve your overall health and fitness.

If you have any questions or tips of your own, please share them over on Instagram @beoutsidebeactive. Thanks for reading!

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