Walking has to be one of the simplest, cheapest and most effective exercises for all ages, and walking for health through your mid-life and menopause is highly recommended.
Is it as simple as putting one foot in front of the other? Well, yes and no. There are other considerations to get the very best out of your daily walk.
In this blog I’d like to introduce you to Nordic Walking. You may have seen people out walking with poles that resemble ski poles?
Nordic walking has many, many health benefits, including the reduction of symptoms associated with menopause. It helps reduce joint and muscle aches and pains, burns calories, improves postures, strengthens your core. Nordic walking is also associated with reductions in body fat mass, “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and waist circumference, and increases in “good” cholesterol, endurance, muscle strength and flexibility, walking distance, cardiovascular fitness, and general quality of life. Who thought something as simple as walking with two poles, done correctly, could have so many benefits!
Plus, Nordic walking is fun. It can be a great social activity if you join one of the Nordic walking clubs popping up across the country. You get to meet new people AND enjoy the fresh air and wonderful scenery we have here in the UK.
Here Nordic Walking experts walx.co.uk explain more about this really effective exercise.
The key is to use the correct poles and master how to use the right muscles, because if you do, you will be able to burn between 20 and 40% more calories and tone the whole body with every step you take.
Yes, Nordic walking uses 90% of the major muscles and helps make you lighter on your feet which takes the pressure off lower body joints too. It literally puts a spring in your step as it improves your posture and releases back and shoulder stiffness too.
It’s simple to master the basics with a qualified Instructor, in fact the Power of Poles induction course is only 90 minutes but you will feel the difference the poles make instantly and will wonder why you never picked up a pair before!
It’s all about engaging the full upper body and not just the arms (pretty hard to master without an instructor) and you don’t actually grip the pole handles and you plant them at angle in order to gain the propulsion. The poles are specially designed with either a core ledge or strap that you push into as well – This article explains this in more detail https://walx.co.uk/walx/nordic-walking-poles-finding-the-right-ones/
A good instructor will show you both pole types and help you get the right technique for your personal fitness level and goals. They will also help you to practice within their regular walks and there are over 2,000 a week around the UK to choose from too!
Sticking to an exercise programme is much easier if you can see and feel the results and are having fun too, so don’t wait around for your local gym to open. Take up Nordic walking and you will replace the cross trainer machine for safe outdoor exercise with an expert instructor and friendly group. What’s not to like?
To find a Power of the Poles course near you visit www.walx.co.uk
So do follow up with WALX, find a group near you and enjoy the benefits to your health.
A full hysterectomy in her 30’s led nutritional therapist and health coach Clare on an amazing adventure exploringA full hysterectomy in her 30’s led nutritional therapist and the many opportunities available to manage her enforced menopause and create long-term health.
Clare prefers the natural approach, and qualifying in nutritional therapy gave her the confidence to come off HRT, take back control of her life and health, and look forward to living the best half of her life free of prescription drugs. Understanding the importance of creating harmony of health of both body and mind through menopause and beyond, she’s now on a mission to inspire, educate and empower other women, too.
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