Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking classes appeal to those who love the outdoors, enjoy a group atmosphere (although Nordic walking technique sessions are also available one-on-one), and desire a low impact, total body toning and fat-burning experience. This exercise is great pre-season conditioning for cross-country and downhill skiers, kayakers, dragon boaters, hikers and swimmers to name just a few. 

Photo by Giorgio Minguzzi / CC BY 2.0
Photo by Giorgio Minguzzi / CC BY 2.0

Walking is nearly 4 times more popular that jogging. Nordic Walking is an easy-to-learn, fun, low impact, convenient and affordable way to increase the health benefits of regular walking.  This relatively new form of exercise is suited to all ages and fitness levels.  A team in California did a three month study on Nordic Walkers and runners and discovered that the walkers lost, on average, 7 inches and 7 pounds more than the runners did.

Nordic walking has been popular in Scandinavian countries for over 20 years. It was developed as a summer training method for the Finnish cross-country skiing and winter biathlon teams and introduced in Finland as pole walking.

But the true power of Nordic Walking was discovered later when the poles made their way to regular folks looking for new ways to exercise. One woman’s amazing experience resulted in her losing 200 pounds in 2 years. She weighed in at 425 pounds and suffered from severe joint pain which made walking very difficult for her. Her choice was lose weight or end up in a wheelchair.

Testimonial:I knew very little about Nordic walking. From time to time I would see people walking with poles, but at the time I had no intention of joining them.It all changed, when one day I decided to try it for myself. On a Saturday morning I joined Kelly’s Nordic Walking group. Being a cross country skier I thought, it would be “a piece of cake”… I had no idea…During my first class Kelly lent me a set of Nordic poles and worked with me on the walking technique. As all others members of her class were very advanced, we walked at a fast pace. After a few minutes I could feel all my muscles working, especially my lower back. Even though I dressed as I would for cross-country, I had to take off a layer of clothing. I was sweating like never before!—Aleks

It is an easy-to-learn, fun, low impact, convenient and affordable way to increase the health benefits of regular walking. This relatively new form of exercise is suited to all ages and fitness levels and has numerous advantages over regular walking:

  • Burns up to 40% more calories
  • Engages 90% of the body’s muscles
  • Increases oxygen consumption and heart rate
  • Reduces neck and back pain
  • Reduces stress to ankles, knees and hips (shifts weight to upper body)
  • Improves stability, mobility and posture
  • Promotes a more even gait
  • Eases hill climbing
  • Fun and easy to learn
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Affordable

If you can walk, you can Nordic Walk!

Nordic Walking Class Description/Schedule

Class Description: This is a brisk Nordic Walking class that incorporates additional exercises for improving upper body and leg strength as well as increasing cardiac output and developing core stability and overall muscle flexibility. Participants can expect to burn as many as 40% more calories than regular walking! This class is designed to be and educational experience, so please bring your questions and concerns for open discussion during the class!

Dates:

Mondays, starting September 8th—last walk September 29th

Wednesdays, starting September 10th—last walk October 1st

Time: 6:00pm–7:00pm

Cost: Choose Mondays only OR Wednesdays only for $40. Choose both Mondays and Wednesdays for $70.

Poles: Rental available for $2 per day. Purchase price varies based on brand available.

Place: Jerry Sulina Park on Old Dewdney Trunk Road. Meet in the parking lot beside the dike.

Bring: Water bottle, weather appropriate attire, poles if you have your own.

kelly @ loveyourworkout.ca 778-908-3449