Nordic walking secrets: techniques and benefits

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The art of Nordic walking, often overshadowed by more media-covered sports, deserves special attention, especially during cold weather. This practice, popular in Nordic countries, is not just a simple walk in nature; it is a true source of benefits for both body and mind. Today, we delve into the secrets of this captivating activity that combines sports, health, and harmony with nature.

Basic technique and equipment

Nordic walking is distinguished by the use of special poles, designed to propel the walker and reduce the impact on joints. This technique, which involves coordination between arm and leg movements, optimizes physical exercise by engaging up to 90% of the body's muscles. Several researchers have studied the superior benefits of Nordic walking compared to free walking in people with Parkinson's disease.
Nordic walking improves: The synchronization of arm movements, thanks to the use of poles, balance, posture, movement range and speed, spatial-temporal orientation, that is, the ability to synchronize body movements in time and space. The body movements are less hesitant, more precise, and of greater amplitude, endurance in walking, better functional abilities, meaning that the person manages to perform daily tasks more easily.

Benefits on physical health


Jennifer Reed, PhD, is Director of the Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health Laboratory at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI). She is the author of a study indicating that Nordic walking is "statistically and clinically superior" to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and moderate-to-high intensity continuous training (MHICT) in increasing the functional capacity of people with coronary artery disease in a cardiac rehabilitation program.
Moreover, the rhythmic movement of the poles promotes the production of endorphins, reducing fatigue and stimulating a sense of well-being.

Effects on mental health

In addition to its physical benefits, Nordic walking has a significant impact on mental health. Moving in natural environments, often snowy, offers an escape from stressful daily life and stimulates the imagination. The concentration required for the coordination of movements provides a meditative effect, reducing anxiety and improving sleep quality.

“When the body moves forward, the mind has the leisure to lean on the parapet of memories, to indulge in contemplation, to reflect on the world, and to dream, perhaps”, once said French writer Sylvain Tesson.

Nordic walking is much more than just a physical activity; it's a holistic practice that nourishes both body and mind. By adopting this activity, especially during the winter months, we offer ourselves a unique opportunity to strengthen our physical health, clarify our mind, and reconnect with nature.

At WeWard, we encourage everyone to explore these benefits, to engage in regular physical activities, and to support charitable projects!

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