As one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the
world, nordic walking is great fun and easy to do.
This sport is suitable for a range of abilities and fitness
The walker uses a pair of poles, rather like cross country
skiing, the activity combines the benefits of walking with further
upper body toning.
The poles are used by the arms to match each step taken,
reducing the load on knees and other joints and giving a better
overall workout without feeling like you have exerted too much
So how does it work?
It offers a host of health benefits:
- It helps exercise both the upper and lower body at the same
- It burns 40% more calories compared to regular walking - in
fact one hour of Nordic walking can burn approximately 52g of body
- It reduces stress on joints, which makes it great exercise for
all age groups.
- Because it keeps your body upright, the use of poles aids
breathing and improves circulation.
- It can help to reduce the effects of RSI (repetitive strain
- Without having to walk any faster than usual, Nordic walking
increases the heart rate by 5 - 17 beats per minute more than with
- Nordic walking loosens up knots and releases pain and muscle
tension in the neck and shoulder region caused by working at desks,
with computers, reading or watching TV.
Meridian TV feature on Nordic walking in KCC parks.
Nordic Walking groups
Nordic Walking in Kent County Council Country Parks
Karen Harris on 01474 350390 or 07780 844485.
Nordic Walking - local footpaths and Dryhill nature
reserve. Please contact Moira Clark: 01732 453271.
Bedgebury Forest and Tunbridge Wells:
Amanda Price on 07813093298