What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic walking is a specific pole walking technique which harnesses the power of the upper body to turn walking into a workout! It can be adapted for anybody and be done anywhere!

We brought it to the UK in 2004 & have trained thousands of Instructors

Nordic Walking

The History

Nordic walking was originally a summer training regime for cross country skiers – this fairly intensive whole body technique first became an exercise programme in Finland back in the 1990s and it has gradually been adapted over the years to be more inclusive and suitable for all levels.

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Nordic technique

Why is it different?

Unlike like trekking or hiking with two poles, Nordic walking is all about forward propulsion rather than stability on rough ground. It is important to use the correct types of poles which are always planted at an angle with a full upper body movement  that harnesses the power of the chest and shoulders as well as the arms. This action involves a straight armswing, good stride and a roll through the foot. This in turn engages 90% of the major muscles and shares the load between upper and lower body.

Every step you take becomes a full body exercise which includes the core and of course your heart and lungs!

It can only be achieved with NW poles or total body walking poles designed for the action!

nordic walking poles with traditional straps

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The key features

Traditional Nordic walking poles will have a glove style strap or more recently an ergonomic handle designed to enable the same movement. Both are used to literally push into in order to gain forward propulsion. They typically come in pairs and will have removable rubber 'paws' for use on hard surfaces which are shaped in order to grip when the pole is planted at the correct angle. Our experts can advise you which are right for you

Work your whole body with every step and burn more calories too

Why Nordic walk?

Turn a walk into a workout

Nordic walking can be as cardiovascular as running but feels easier because the poles provide propulsion making you lighter on your feet. It tones the whole body and improves posture too, so we liken it to using a cross trainer machine in the gym - only we are in the great outdoors with fresh air and nature!

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Benefits of Nordic walking

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nordic walking poles with traditional straps
About poles

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Visit our store blog to find out how to  get the RIGHT Nordic walking poles for you. Find videos on how to adjust poles for size, understand the difference between strapped and unstrapped Nordic walking poles and more. We only stock the best Nordic walking poles from the best manufacturers and have a team of experts who are on hand to talk to you at any time  

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About technique

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For technique tips and advice - check out our blog and sign up for newsletters. Our experts have always been at the forefront of technique development and provide tips, articles and all the latest news from the groups around the UK. Learn about the best places to Nordic walk and how to get more involved plus the shoes, kit and clothing you need to stay comfortable too.  

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About our groups

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Our groups are led by qualified Instructors and leaders who understand YOU. They do NOT just teach technique - they understand how to adapt it in order to help you achieve your goals. They have been trained to understand fitness levels and exercise intensity so they will ensure you walk at a safe, comfortable  level at all times. Trust us - they will motivate and inspire you because they are amazing!

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About us

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We are wellness and fitness specialists who care about providing safe, effective, affordable  exercise. We have dedicated 12 years to the development of Nordic walking in the UK and will continue to to promote this awesome activity via our groups. We believe in empowering others to change lives and put people and the planet at the forefront of everything we do

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