What is Nordic Walking
No matter what age, fitness level or physical condition you are in.
Nordic Walking provides many benifits for you:
Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience. with a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross country skiing, Nordic Walking becomes a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic Running. More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.
Using LEKI Nordic Walking poles strengthens the large muscles of the back that pull down the shoulder blades, significantly reducing neck and shoulder tension. LEKI Noridc Walking poles have specially designed straps (different from normal walking poles), which allow you to relese the grip as you push forward. With good Nordic Walking technique squeezing and releasing the grip through the stride strengthens the muscles of the wrist and this can reduce symptoms of RSI* (Repetitive Stress Injury).
When Nordic Walking, the increased use of the upper body reduces the load on your hips and knees, allowing you to exercise with much more comfort than normal walking or jogging.
Nordic Walking is an ideal corss-trainning exercise techique and addition to your regular programme. Scientific studies of high intensity Nordic Walking ** have demonstrated heart rate levels reaching 75% of maximal values while participants were still walking. Running with LEKI Nordic Walking poles allows you to turn up the intensity even further.
*Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 73 (3), 296-300. September 2002
**Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. 33 (5), S496. May 2001