While Nordic Walking was first formally defined in 1979 as part of a Finnish article on the methodic of cross-country skiing, it wasn't until 1997 when the first Nordic poles (as we think of them) were manufactured and marketed to the general public, resulting in the term Nordic Walking becoming wider known.
Nordic Walking, sometimes called Pole Walking, involves using two poles whilst walking to apply pressure from the arms and torso, propelling the user on. It makes walking feel that much easier but as it employs many additional muscles compared to normal walking, such as triceps, biceps, chest, lats, shoulders, core it has been shown to use up to an additional 46% increase in calorie burn.
In the last decade the number of Nordic Walkers has risen dramatically making the transition from the walker and backpacker scene to the fitness scene. In the last few years we have seen Nordic Walking groups spring up all over the country. They are especially popular as they are suitable for people of all levels of fitness with the only requirement being that you can walk and learn to use the poles. Most classes will teach proper pole techniques for different conditions and terrain to anyone who requires it, ensuring that they get the best from their walking workout!
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