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Benefits of Nordic Walking for Arthritis Relief

Nordic Walking, an outdoor activity that enhances ordinary walking through the use of specialised poles, is increasingly recognised not just as a sport but as a therapeutic exercise for people of various fitness levels. Originating from Finland, this exercise benefits those with arthritis, offering a gentle yet effective way to improve physical health.

Arthritis, a common condition causing pain and stiffness in the joints, can significantly impact daily activities. Nordic Walking can be a valuable part of managing arthritis symptoms for several reasons:

  • Low-Impact Exercise: Unlike jogging or running, Nordic Walking is a low-impact activity that doesn’t stress the joints excessively. The use of poles helps distribute body weight and reduces the load on knees, hips, and spine.

  • Increased Stability and Balance: The poles provide additional points of contact with the ground, enhancing stability and reducing the risk of falls, a crucial concern for those with joint issues.

  • Improved Mobility: Regular Nordic Walking can help increase joint flexibility and range of motion. The rhythmic, controlled movements involved in the technique encourage gentle stretching of the joints.

  • Full Body Workout: It engages not just the legs but also the arms, shoulders, and torso, leading to improved overall fitness. This can help alleviate arthritis symptoms by strengthening the muscles around the joints, providing better support and reducing strain.

There are many more benefits, but these are the primary ones for those with arthritis.

Understanding that everyone’s journey with arthritis is unique, Walk Kernow offers various Walk accommodate different abilities and needs. Whether you are just starting or looking to enhance your technique, there is a group suitable for you.

Here’s what Walk Kernow provides:

  • Beginners Workshops: Perfect for those who are new to Nordic Walking. These sessions focus on mastering the basics of the technique in a supportive environment. They are 90 minutes long. If you feel this may be too much for you, please email Kelly at to discuss a Beginner's Workshop more suitable for you.

  • Walks: We have walk levels from 1 to 4 which cater for all abilities.

Each session is led by experienced instructors who ensure that you can participate safely and effectively, regardless of your fitness level or mobility.

Get in Touch - If you have any questions or need advice on starting Nordic Walking with arthritis, feel free to email Kelly at, and we can arrange a call to discuss your specific needs and find the most suitable route for you to begin Nordic Walking. Don’t let arthritis keep you from enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle!

By integrating Nordic Walking into your routine, you can enjoy the outdoors, meet new people, and take active steps towards managing arthritis symptoms. Walk Kernow is here to guide you through each step of the way, ensuring that you make the most out of every walk.

Please note we have funding for patients who attend the Penryn & Falmouth Surgeries. 

The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or before starting any new treatment or exercise program.

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