We’re now fully into autumn. It’s a period when it’s still possible to do outdoor sports that don’t involve snow and skis on your feet.
And on the subject of skiing, there also exists an outdoor sport that will prepare you for the winter season.
It’s called Nordik Walking, invented by Finnish cross-country skiers who wanted to replicate the athletic movements of their sport even out of season. A total body workout that’s perfect for keeping fit and also particularly suitable as physical preparation for cross-country skiing. It’s a walking method that, if practiced correctly, can train up to 90% of all muscles in the body.
It can be done in town, in the park, in the mountains, by the sea, in the countryside… in short, anywhere!
It requires a pair of poles very similar to those used in trekking and a very simple movement technique that anyone can master.
The basic Nordic Walking technique involves moving the arms and legs at alternate times, thus generating a fast and long-paced walk. During this movement it’s advisable to keep your abs contracted, to train this muscle group as well.
Before starting and at the end of a walk, it’s always best to allow for a warm-up and warm-down session.
So what are the benefits of Nordic Walking? The benefits are many and range from enhancing balance and stability to training the heart. Nordic Walking also helps to burn calories and, through contact with the open air, also reduces stress.