Nordic Walking

The smart way to exercise!

Using poles turns regular walking into a time efficient, low impact, total body workout.

  • Burn up to 46% more calories
  • Get a 25% better cardio workout
  • Strenghthen and tone upper body muscles
  • Reduce stress on joints of lower body

Nordic Walking is for everybody so experience the benefits for yourslef.

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic walking is fitness walking using specially designed poles to create a low stress total body workout. It originated in Scandinavia (hence the name) as a summer training activity for cross country skiers. In 1997 the poles and technique were refined to its present day form, since then it has continually gained in popularity and has spread rapidly across the world - it is now in Australia.

What are the benefits?

Nordic Walking:

  • activates 90% of the body's muscles
  • gives a 20-25% greater cardiovascular effect than regular walking
  • burns up to 46% more calories compared to regular walking
  • decreases the load and impact on the joints of the lower body
  • gives a more intense workout but with lower perceived exertion
  • strengthens and tones the upper back and shoulders
  • increases the lateral mobility of the spine significantly
  • releases pain and muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and upper back
  • promotes an upright and balanced walking posture
  • improves co-ordination
  • aids in the relief of stress, depression and mood fluctuations

Who can do it?

Nordic walking is suitable for all age ranges, fitness levels and genders. From the serious fitness goer as a cross training method, to the social walker wishing to get more benefit from their regular walk and talk with friends.

Where can I do it?

Nordic walking can be done anywhere one would normally walk - sand, gravel, grass or asphalt, and it doesn't matter whether it is on flat, undulating or hilly terrain.

How do I get started?

Attending a lesson to learn the correct technique from a qualified instructor is advised. It is important that proper technique is attained to prevent injury but most importantly to achieve the maximum health benefits offered by Nordic walking.

A 30 minute Nordic walking lesson can be booked with Jim Mack or James Mack. Fitting of poles is included and poles are available for sale. Group sessions are also organised for ASP and SASMC clients who have started Nordic walking. Call 08 8211 8002 for further information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.nordicacademy.com.au