Gear-Zone Guide to Nordic Walking Poles
Posted by Neil | September 02, 2011
Q. What are Nordic walking poles?
A. They’re used in one of the fastest-growing forms of exercise in the U.K.
Nordic walking, as its name suggests, has its origins in Scandinavia - in 1930s Finland to be precise - where avid skiers kept in shape during the summer months by ‘power walking’ off season, continuing to build up their upper body strength when there was no snow on the ground.
So popular has the sport become, there are now an estimated 10 million enthusiasts all over the world.
Unlike simply striding out on a strenuous walk to keep in trim – and maybe lose a little weight in the process – Nordic walking utilises 90% of your upper body muscles, compared to just 70% during a normal brisk walk.
It has even been proven to be far more effective than jogging, burning twice as many calories over similar distances.
It is also said to put far less strain on your back and joints.
The poles are used to propel your body along, making you work harder without realising - but you must always remember it is important to learn how to use the poles correctly, getting into the rhythm as you power along.
Any terrain can be covered, from sandy beaches to more demanding mountain paths – even roadside verges and city streets can be used for basic training – and all you need is a good pair of walking shoes and a pair of Nordic poles.
Leki are renowned for their walking and trekking poles, and here at Gear-Zone we carry a selection of their very best, including those designed specifically for Nordic walking.
Any walking enthusiast, whatever their age or ability, will benefit from a Nordic walking and trekking pole.
Take a look at our best-selling Leki poles, including the Leki Spin Nordic Poles, specifically designed for Nordic walking.
Fully adjustable, with comfortable rubber grips and quick-release straps, they are the perfect entry-level trekking poles, built to withstand 140kg of downward pressure and ideal for those just learning the craft.
Basically, Nordic walking is cross-country skiing without the snow – or the skis!
It’s fitness walking with poles, a perfect workout for the body that combines aerobics with muscle conditioning and fitness training, all taking place outside in the fresh air - with hopefully a decent dose of sunshine and vitamin D thrown in for good measure.