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Nordic Walking and Breast Cancer

Updated: May 3

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK, affecting both men and women. In fact, it is estimated that around 55,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. While there are many different treatments available, many patients are also looking for additional ways to improve their health and well-being both during and after treatment. One such option is Nordic Walking, a low-impact exercise that can offer a range of benefits to those with breast cancer.

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is a form of exercise that involves walking with specially designed poles that help to engage the upper body as well as the legs. The poles are made of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre. Nordic Walking is a low-impact form of exercise, meaning that it is easy on the joints and suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Unlike traditional walking, Nordic Walking involves using a technique that involves pushing the poles behind you as you walk, which engages up to 90% of the skeletal muscles.

How can Nordic Walking benefit those with breast cancer?

Nordic Walking has been shown to offer a range of benefits for those with breast cancer, both during and after treatment. These include:

  1. Improved fitness levels: Nordic Walking is a great way to improve your cardiovascular fitness, which can help to reduce your risk of developing other health conditions such as heart disease.

  2. Increased muscle strength: Nordic Walking can help to build muscle strength in your arms, shoulders, and chest, which can be particularly beneficial if you have undergone surgery that has affected these areas.

  3. Reduced joint pain: Because Nordic Walking is a low-impact form of exercise, it is less likely to cause joint pain than other forms of exercise such as running or high-impact aerobics.

  4. Improved mood: Exercise has been shown to be an effective way to improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Nordic Walking is particularly effective in this regard, as it can be done outdoors in nature, which has been shown to have a positive effect on our mental health.

  5. Increased bone density: Nordic Walking is a weight-bearing exercise, which can help to increase bone density and reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis.

  6. Improved balance and coordination: Nordic Walking requires coordination between the upper and lower body, which can help to improve your balance and coordination skills.

  7. Increased social support: Joining a Nordic Walking group can provide you with a sense of social support and a community of people who understand what you are going through.

  8. Reduced risk of lymphedema: Lymphedema is a common side effect of breast cancer treatment that involves swelling in the arms or legs. Nordic Walking is a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of developing lymphedema.

Nordic Walking is a safe and effective way for those with breast cancer to improve their physical and mental health both during and after treatment. If you have any questions please contact us at

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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