Nordic walking is an extremely effective way of keeping fit that was developed by cross-country skiers, who needed to keep fit “out of season”. Walking with poles provides an “all-over body” workout …(similar to walking in four-wheel drive)…..as it essentially uses the upper body muscles as well as the lower body muscles.
- Instruction is recommended to employ correct technique, but the simple requirement of a pair of Nordic poles and access to open spaces, ensures that Nordic walking is an affordable and highly accessible form of exercise. It is entirely suited to people who appreciate the countryside, particularly Dartmoor, as the poles are easily adapted to uneven or boggy ground, as well as the odd granite Tor you may encounter whilst experiencing the rugged beauty of Dartmoor! The benefits of exercising outdoors are not restricted to breathing in clean fresh-air and a heightened appreciation of our natural surroundings, they include positive mood enhancement, increased sunlight exposure and absorption of Vitamin D, as well as using more calories as we face ever-changing weather conditions and engage core muscles to adapt to the challenge of uneven terrain.
As fitness develops, strength and stride will increase and results in greater distance at improved speed, with the added benefits of a faster metabolism, bodily weight-loss and improved toning.
As well as individual training sessions, where the focus is absolutely on you for maximum effect and benefit, I can offer tailor-made group packages to help visitors learn a new skill whilst exploring Dartmoor together. I can deliver corporate packages of Nordic Walking and overall fitness to facilitate motivation and team building through the healthy enjoyment of Dartmoor.