What is Nordic Walking?

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Nordic walking is a full-body exercise that's easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It uses specialised poles to help to propel the walker, meaning you walk faster and your body works harder. The support given by the poles makes it easier.

As human beings we evolved from walking on all fours, to walking on two legs. Despite evolution, our body has still not fully developed to cope with the additional stress on certain joints. The Nordic Walking poles provide two "extra legs", and therefore spread the impact on the joints.

The idea of walking with specially designed poles began in the 1930's in Finland when the cross country skiers used poles instead of skis for their summer training when there was no snow.

Nordic Walking was gradually adopted by the rest of the Finnish people as they realised what a great form of exercise this was, and it began to be promoted as a physical activity that was suitable for everyone. It soon spread to other countries in Europe, and is now one of the fastest growing forms of exercise in the world... 10 million people can't be wrong!

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Nordic Walking West Midlands instructors are trained by British Nordic Walking to the standards of the International Nordic Walking Federation