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NORDIC WALKING FOR BEGINNERS

Get more out of your walk

Our Nordic Walking Beginners Workshops are a fun session run by one of our qualified INWA instructors which lasts approximately 90 mins. During the session, you will learn the 10 steps of Nordic Walking to get lots of extra benefits whilst you walk with us. You won't need anything as such for this session as poles are provided and the price includes your own new straps.

Do I need to be fit?

 

Nordic Walking really is for everyone,  using poles means that effort is shared between the upper and lower body and it actually feels easier than normal walking, particularly uphill.  It's a really good exercise for problem areas such as the arms, stomach and bottom along with your core muscle groups. Forget "No pain no gain", this is "No pain ALL gain"!  Nordic Walking puts less strain on joints than other activities such as running and hiking without poles and can be very effective for people with mobility issues or those recovering from illness, surgery or injury.

 

It's not all about speed, walking a little slower is a great calorie burner whilst walking faster increases your fitness. Walk Kernow provides Nordic Walks for everyone!

 

What are the fitness benefits?

 

Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full-body workout, which means that you:

 

  • burn at least 20% more calories compared to walking without poles

  • exercise 90% of your muscles

  • release tension in the neck and shoulders

  • improve your posture and gait

  • strengthen your back and abdominal muscles

  • reduce the impact on the joints

  • tone the upper and lower body

 

What are the wellbeing benefits?

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  • social exercise

  • good for your mental health as exercising in nature has been proven to improve your mood

  • it's a relatively inexpensive exercise

  • helps to manage your weight with toned muscles and less body fat

  • more energy to enjoy life

  • reduce stress

  • enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep

  • can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.

  • can help to prevent constipation, gallstones and impotence

  • can help to boost good cholesterol in the blood

  • can help alleviate depression and negative thinking

  • can help to relieve arthritis and back pain

  • contributes to strengthen muscles, bones, and joints

  • elevate overall mood

  • create a sense of well-being.

  • increase feelings of peace, stability, and a sense of connection

  • good for the brain

  • can help to improve cognitive function

  • group exercise classes are led by fully trained instructors

  • your Instructor/Walk Leader creates an environment with “rules”, direction, and a clear plan.

  • group sessions are typically more entertaining, making time pass quicker than a solo workout.

  • having an “appointment” helps to enforce your commitment

  • you become part of a close-knit social group that sweats and achieves together

  • you can “hide” in the beginning, relieving any self-imposed anxiety or pressure.

  • you have an opportunity to bring a workout partner or make new friends.

 

The list goes on but the best way to find out how it can benefit you is to come and give it a go with one of our friendly instructors.