What is it: Nordic Walking at Liverpools Centre of Excellence.

“Look Dad, those people have all got walking sticks”
No! No! No!
Lets set the record straight then……….because I’m really into this…and even have my own sticks.
Nordic Walking is a physical activity and a sport.
Its popularity spans right across Europe with social groups, business teams and competitive slalom races taking place most weekends to support a healthy lifestyles programme.

The activity is performed with specially designed walking poles similar to ski poles.

Originally Finnish-Sauvakavely, Nordic walking is fitness walking with specially designed poles. Trekkers, backpackers and skiers have been using the basic concept for decades.

The Nordic walking’s concept was developed on the basis of an off-season ski-training activity while using one-piece ski poles.

For decades hikers and backpackers used their one-piece ski poles long before trekking and Nordic walking poles came onto the scene.

Ski racers deprived of snow have always used and still do use their one-piece ski poles for ski walking and hill bounding.

The first Nordic walking poles were produced and marketed by Excel in 1997. Excel coined and popularised the term ‘Nordic Walking’ in 1999.
Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Nordic walkers use more of their entire body and receive fitness building stimulation not present in normal walking for the chest, lats, triceps, shoulder, abdominals, spinal and other core muscles that may result in significant increases in heart rate at a given pace.

Nordic walking has been estimated as producing up to 465% increase in energy consumption, compared to walking without poles.
This is a great sport and there are about 30 regular supporters at the National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool.

Where can I train as a Nordic Walker?
FREE Training sessions at-
The National Wildflower Centre,
Court Hey Park (Near Broadgreen Hospital)
Tel 0151 738 1913 or email events@landlife.org.uk


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