6 Reasons Nordic Walking Is The Best Thing For Your Health
People say all of the time that getting up and getting active is important, no matter how you get it done. Running might be better than walking, but it turns out there’s a specific kind of walking that might be better than the rest.
It’s called Nordic walking, and it’s basically cross-country skiing without the snow – you use poles even though you’re walking on a flat surface.
Nordic walking was developed in Scandinavia but made its way to Europe a few decades ago. That said, it’s not as popular as it could be despite having some many impressive health benefits.
6. It reduces your risk of falling.
The older we get, the more likely we are to trip and fall while walking. When Nordic walking, the poles hit the ground the same time as your legs, which can help mitigate a loss of muscle strength and increasing balance issues that come with age.
One study showed that people who practice Nordic walking show improved balance within 3 weeks, even when they’re walking without the poles.
5. It burns extra calories.
If you’re walking to lose weight, then, this could be a better option than walking alone.
4. It boosts your cardiovascular health.
At least one study has shown that Nordic walking can improve cardiovascular health in as little as a month.
3. It improves upper body strength.
Since Nordic walking engages your arms and shoulders more than regular walking, research shows that it improves strength, hand grip strength, and muscle activity in the shoulders more than regular walking can.
We need upper body strength for everyday tasks like carrying our groceries or unloading the dishwasher, and it also helps stabilize joints and prevent injury.
2. It can help you walk faster.
According to research, Nordic walking increased average walking speed by up to 25%, which means you can burn more calories as a consequence.
1. It increases core strength.
Nordic walking engages core muscles – those in your abdomen and back – which helps strengthen them.
In turn, this can improve posture, balance, and your ability to move in general.
It might look a little silly, but listen – what exercise isn’t, the first time you see it? Why not give it a try!