|Nordic Walkers with over 8 million people internationally now enjoying the activity.
However, don’t confuse Nordic Walking with Rambling with a ski pole for support. The poles in various versions (telescopic, light-weight, etc) are used by many people who enjoy walking, rambling and hiking but are often used as a walking stick. Nordic Walking uses the poles in a cross country skiing action which is completely different. The action involves movements of the arms, legs, pelvis and upper body. The arms and legs move in a rhythmic swing backwards and forwards – the result of which is recorded as a 20-25% increase in aerobic fitness (research based information, both in Finland and the USA). At the same time a significant improvement in tone and density of the muscles of upper body has been recorded as a direct consequence of the movement employed while walking with Nordic Poles. Where the aerobic increase has been recorded as a 20%, the muscle power increased by a massive 37% compared to just 14% experienced by those who were not using Nordic Poles. However, those people tested did not feel as though the intensity of the workout had been increased compared to walking without poles over the same distance and at the same speed.