What is it?
Nordic walking first emerged in the 1930s after Finnish competitive cross-country skiers started to use poles during their training throughout the offseason. They found that this training gave them an advantage as it ensured that their upper and lower body muscles maintained excellent form. Nordic walking is now a growing fitness trend across the UK!
Nordic walking is just regular walking, however the walker uses poles which are placed in a certain way which enables them to develop upper body strength whilst being propelled forward. According to Nordic Walking UK, 90% of the skeletal muscles are used during Nordic walking and it burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking! It’s one of the most effective cross-training techniques for athletes and sportspeople who require ultimate cardiovascular and enduring conditioning.
What fitness levels is it suitable for?
Anyone can do Nordic walking! It’s friendly for all ages and fitness levels. It’s also easy to learn and isn’t intensive (you’ll be able to walk in groups and have a good natter.)
As Nordic walking uses a specific technique, you’ll be guided by a fully trained instructor. All instructors listed on the Nordic Walking UK website are registered as compliant with the Outdoor Code of Practice.
It’s likely that there’s a local Nordic Walking group in your area, so keep and eye for local adverts or Facebook groups. If you already belong to a walking club, they will probably know where you can get started with Nordic Walking.
Where can I do it?
Anywhere in UK! To find out where your nearest session is, click here: Nordic Walking UK
If Nordic Walking sounds like an ideal activity for you, it’s important to have the right support. Whilst walking is a low-impact activity, it’s still great for your cardiovascular system and in time you’ll find that as your fitness improves you might want to up the intensity. At boobydoo, we believe in setting ourselves up for success. Here are 3 bras which are great to get started with, as they're not only comfortable but also reasonably priced.
This high-impact sports bra allows you to do to you, without worrying about tissue damage or discomfort. In a statement mono zigzag print, you can feel confident during your walking session. Price: £28.00
If you prefer non-wired sports bras but still value the high-impact support, then this bra is just the thing. It has adjustable straps and a J-hook fastening, meaning that if you want greater support, you can convert it into a racerback. Price: £26.00
3. Pour Moi Energy Lightly Padded Underwired Sports Bra
This medium-impact sports bra from Pour Moi has lightly padded cups and features a funky and fun floral design. This sports bra isn't just all looks though - it also has practical features such as a J-hook fastening and adjustable straps as well as firm under band elastic. Price: £28.00