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Nordic Walking for Mental Health

Nordic Walking is a low-impact form of exercise that involves walking with poles. While it is very well known to provide physical benefits, it is also an effective way to boost your mental health.


Here are some of the benefits of Nordic walking for mental health:

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety Nordic walking is a form of aerobic exercise that increases the production of endorphins, the body's natural "feel-good" chemicals. These endorphins help reduce stress and anxiety, making you feel more relaxed and calm.

  2. Improves mood, it's a great way to improve your mood. It helps to release tension in your body and mind, leaving you feeling more positive and optimistic. Regular exercise has also been shown to reduce symptoms of depression.

  3. Boosts self-esteem Nordic Walking can help to boost your self-esteem. As you become more fit and strong, you will feel better about yourself and your abilities. Additionally, the social aspect of Nordic Walking groups can help to provide a sense of community and belonging.

  4. Improves cognitive function, research has shown that regular exercise, such as Nordic Walking, can improve cognitive function. It helps to improve focus, attention, and memory. This is because exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which can help to improve brain function.

  5. Helps with sleep Nordic Walking can help to improve the quality of your sleep. Regular exercise can help to regulate your circadian rhythm, which is the body's internal clock that regulates sleep and wakefulness.

  6. Reduces the risk of cognitive decline. Regular exercise, including Nordic Walking, can help to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. It has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of developing conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.


Nordic Walking is not only a great way to improve physical health, but it also has numerous benefits for mental health. Whether you want to reduce stress and anxiety, boost your mood, or improve cognitive function, Nordic Walking can be an effective and enjoyable way to achieve these goals. Also to top all this you are also exercising immersed in nature which through research has also been proven to lift your mood. So head outside with us to experience the benefits of Nordic Walking for yourself!


If you are new to Nordic Walking you will need to book one of our Beginners Workshops to start with so that we can teach you the proper technique and then you are free to join our Nordic Walks that are suitable for most abilities.


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