May 30, 2009
Lincolnshire Goes All NORDIC!
It was not only the temperatures this winter that have been like Scandinavia! - Visitors to Lincolnshire may also have noticed people walking with what look like ski poles! We're reliably informed that they are Nordic walking and that it is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world with over 10 million enthusiasts now regularly taking part in what was originally used by super fit cross country skiers as a way to stay fit during the summer.
"It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, simple to learn and really sociable" says Pete Woollard a local Nordic walking UK Instructor, Personal Trainer and wellness expert. "By using the specially designed poles, you can use all the major muscles in the body and burn up to twice as many calories as ordinary walking but the best thing is that the poles actually propel you along so it feels easier!" he adds.
The poles also reduce the pressure on the knees and joints and the gentle upper body movement is great for easing back and neck pain too. It's so effective that it is being used for weight loss, rehabilitation and sports specific training all the over the UK and those that have tried all agree that being outdoors was energising and that they felt fantastic afterwards!
However it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified Instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results. Pete offers you to come and try the sessions and 4 week technique courses - Check out his page on the Nordic walking UK website for all the dates and times http://your.nordicwalking.co.uk/pete_woollard or call them on 07967 214848 to give it a try!