Daily exercise tip – Nordic Walking
January 21, 2018
Today I experimented with Nordic walking for the first time. And wish that I had discovered this before. I am now a convert.
I love the thought that I can improve on the seemingly simple matter of walking.
And I have to thank dear friend, Claire Worthington for this tip. She shared this at a recent talk I was giving. I was explaining my daily exercise routine (that includes 40 mins of early morning walking) and the fact that I was wrestling with a frozen shoulder. Claire mentioned that Nordic walking had really helped fix her frozen shoulder.
What is Nordic Walking
Simply put, it is walking with a pair of appropriate length walking poles. A pole is used by each arm to match each opposing leg step taken.
There are various types of pole (such as telescopic ones for ease of including in travel luggage). I bought a pair of Leki Nordic Supreme Shark poles. This brand is reputed to be amongst the best.
There is a style of walking to adopt, but this is easy to learn through practice.
There are alternatives to Nordic walking and Nordic walking poles (such as Exerstrider). I don’t have experience of these alternatives, but the principles and benefits I can only imagine are much the same.
Why I am now a Nordic walking convert
In addition to the numerous benefits of walking, the benefits of Nordic walking are widely reported, and include
- bringing more of an all over workout to my walking: adding neck, shoulder, arms and upper body movement;
- The movement of my arm and opposing leg makes me stride out longer and faster. In doing so the evidence says that I burn up to 40% more calories. In less time;
- it brings a more vigorous movement to my armpit lymph nodes. (Since the lymphatic system does not have my heart to pump it, the motions of muscles and joints are vital in moving lymph fluid around my body). A healthy lymph system is very important due to its role in aiding the immune system in the removal of waste, dead blood cells, pathogens, toxins, and cancer cells;
- I can feel it adding new movement to my frozen shoulder.
Where to go for Nordic walking poles, professional advice and club news
I have been recommneded Ashley Sandy at www.wessexnordicwalking.com
So, there you have it. I shall be Nordic walking in the mornings from now on.
If you are Nordic walking, or decide to take it up, let me know how you get on.