What is Nordic Walking? | Fit&Well

You may have come across the term, but what is Nordic walking? The fitness activity isn’t exactly new as it’s thought to date back to Finland in the 1930s when European skiers wanted to continue training during the summer months. They developed Nordic Walking, which involves walking on mostly flat terrain at a fairly athletic pace, using walking poles similar to those used in cross-country skiing to propel themselves forward.

The activity has increased in popularity over the past few years, making it a popular option for those looking to improve their fitness. As a low-impact walking technique that uses poles to work your upper body and legs, it allows you to get a full-body workout without necessarily feeling like you’re doing one. Plus, it’s relatively easy to get started, with the only thing needed being your best shoes for walking and a pair of specialist Nordic walking poles, which start at reasonable prices.

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Nordic walking uses specially designed poles – not to be confused with trekking poles – designed to enhance your natural walking experience. Participants hold a pole in each hand and use them as they walk, generally placing each pole on the floor as they walk, while stepping forward on the opposite leg, in a move similar to the upper body action of classic cross-country skiing.