Linda is a qualified and registered Nordic Walking Instructor with British Nordic Walking and INWA (International Nordic Walking Association. She has taught over 600 people in West Sussex and has worked for Age UK West Sussex as part of their Fit as a Fiddle campaign to get people over 50 years of age fitter.
Nordic Walking is good for all age groups and can be used as a valuable tool in the rehabilitation of running injuries and keep fitness at a high level during injury rehabilitation
Using 90% of the body's skeletal muscles the health benefits of Nordic Walking are endless. It is an ideal tool in weight loss as the use of the upper and lower body burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking and helps to tone arms, abdominal muscles, chest, bottom hips and thighs.
An ideal form of exercise if you prefer exercising outdoors to indoor gyms or hall
Some of the health benefits include:
- Often called Pilates on poles because of postural alignment by using the poles behind the body
- Does not aggravate joint problems as walking is assisted with the use of poles
- The involvement of the arms reduces impact on the lower back, hips and knees and therefore makes walking longer more sustainable for people wit musculoskeletal problems
- Releases muscle tension and pain in the neck and shoulder area
- The Rotational mobility in the neck and spine increases significantly
- Improves mental well-being, can alleviate depression and relieve insomnia
- Increases demand on the cardiovascular system and is an efficient way to increase fitness and endurance
- The poles give the optimal training effect since the upper body is active during walking