- Austria 559 nordic walks
- Czech Republic 12 nordic walks
- Finland 33 nordic walks
- France 37 nordic walks
- Germany 2,458 nordic walks
- Italy 101 nordic walks
- Slovakia 14 nordic walks
- Slovenia 9 nordic walks
- Spain 6 nordic walks
- Switzerland 119 nordic walks
What exactly makes Nordic Walking so healthy?
On the one hand, unlike “normal“ walking, you not only train your legs, but also your arms, neck, shoulders and back – provided you use the poles correctly. The cardiovascular system is strengthened as well as muscles and bones, metabolism and digestion are stimulated and tension released. On the other hand, Nordic Walking is a successful and gentle fat-burning treatment: at a brisk pace, over 400 calories are burned in one hour – not bad, is it?
Nordic walking also helps to prevent age-related illnesses such as osteoporosis, diabetes, back pain and high blood pressure. And once again: anyone can do it. This sport is particularly suitable for people who have never been physically active or have not been for some time and want to take it slowly.
The right technology
The most difficult hurdle to overcome is learning how to use the poles correctly. The right tip of the pole is placed flat to the back at the moment when the left heel touches the ground – and vice versa. Only in this way do the poles support the step rhythm and the body really gets going.
The correct hand position also requires some practice at first. Immediately after using the poles, the hand is opened, and then closed loosely around the grip when the arm swings past the thigh bone. The pole is then loaded with the open hand by pressing the loop.
Normal running or trail shoes are sufficient. But of course there are also special Nordic Walking shoes that are more rounded at the sole, particularly in the heel area, which leads to a good rolling motion.
Otherwise, the more comfortable and weatherproof the clothing is, the better. Finger-free cycling gloves can be used to prevent small blisters on the hands.