|Nordic walking is one of the healthiest, efficient, holistic, safe, and accessible physical activities, which can be performed throughout the year and is suitable for everyone, regardless their age and physical condition.
Nordic walking is no doubt an ideal sort of persistence practice. What is important is that it is simple, easy, and above all that one does not need expensive equipment.
The beginnings of nordic walking go back into the history of Finland, home of cross-country skiing. In the 90s of the 20th century the Finns accepted nordic walking as their national sport, since the professional public soon realised the healing power of such exercise. It spread very quickly across the other Scandinavian countries, as well as in Austria, Germany and Italy. Therefore it is not uncommon that the trend took over Slovenia as well.
Walking is the traditional physical activity, performed by many Slovenians. Mountaineering, hiking, race walking are the sorts most widely known, where as nordic walking is only at the beginning of being accepted into our daily lives.
This sort of movement is not restricted to occasional practice, but it is suitable to be practised every day. It can be performed by young and old people, in any time of year, and most importantly it can be started literally at our doorstep.
Nordic walking is suitable for everyone, who:
1. would like to be more active in daily life,
2. would like to balance the daily stress by walking in the nature,
3. would like to improve their body figure and lose some weight,
4. haven not found a suitable sport for themselves, due to injuries or osteoporosis,
5. are athletes and need additional physical condition practice,
6. like to exercise with somebody or who like to be alone among their thoughts,
7. had a surgery on the locomotoric apparatus and it serves them as kinesiotherapy,
8. enjoy in nature and the beauty of movement.
In nordic walking the most important part is the movement of arms and legs and the rotation of the spine axis. Coordination of movements needs to be consistent. The push from the pole and the speed of walking is important and needs to be in accordance with our physical skills. With a fast and active walking the cardio-vascular system is more active (faster heart beat, higher blood pressure), the muscles in arms and legs are more active than when walking normally. Athletes enjoy the exercise on more hilly surfaces, walking up and down the hills. We can also run on various surfaces using the poles.