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.
As a form of exercise, it is highly accessible to everyone, and can be adapted to various levels of fitness, from walkers who prefer or require a level of support to increase their mobility and health, to sporty individuals who want a powerful cardiovascular work-out that involves all the major muscle groups.
Initial 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 convenient form of exercise. It is also entirely suited to people who enjoy and 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!
However, 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.
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