“All the greatest thoughts are conceived while walking.” Friedrich Nietzche wrote in one of his writings, and we can’t agree more, but as lovers of sport and snow, why not combine all these activities into a single sport to be done outdoors, alone or in company?
The solution is simple, it is called Nordic Walking, and has been described by its creator, Marko Kantaneva, as the most efficient and enjoyable workout in the world.
But what exactly is it?
It is a type of total body walking that, when practised correctly, not only involves the lower body, but also the upper body.
Nordic Walking can be defined as energetic walking that actively engages the entire musculature. The watchword for those who want to undertake this activity? Physical engagement and poles. In fact, if done correctly, you get more benefits than from normal walking.
Here are 3 tips for performing ‘Nordic walking’ correctly and reaping all the benefits:
Poles are the most important tools. Without them, Nordic Walking cannot be practised, and since, if chosen correctly, they can be used for a long time, the investment should be made with a long-term perspective by purchasing quality poles. It should also be considered that it is possible to replace certain consumable parts, such as the gloves.
The main rule to follow when buying Nordic Walking poles is to choose those with the correct length according to your height:
0.70 x your height
A person 170 cm tall should use poles with a length of 120 cm (170 x 0.7 = 119 cm)
In addition to the correct length, when choosing Nordic Walking poles it is important to consider the flexibility of your joints, your proportions, the terrain in which you will be practising, your technical skills and other important factors.