Technique tips

How Nordic walking helps your pelvic floor

A few weeks ago, women’s health physio Fiona Morgan wrote a guest blog about the pelvic floor and its importance for men and women.  Many walkers commented that Nordic walking has helped improve their pelvic floor.  This blog sheds light on why this is the case and how through our technique we can further strengthen this important set of muscles.

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Instructor top tips

 

We all like a top tip every now and then and with Nordic walking small things can make a big difference to your enjoyment and effectiveness.  So here’s a list of some of our instructors’ top tips which we hope you’ll enjoy.

 

 

Sarah

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The Nordic walking 10 steps

As most of you will know, Nordic walking derives from cross country skiing.  It was used as the summer training for elite athletes who wanted to continue their conditioning programme during the off season.  In Finland in the 1970s the universal health potential of this summer style was recognised and developed.  The name ‘Nordic walking’ was coined in 1997 and in 2000 INWA, the International Nordic Walking Federation, was formed. 

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7 tips for Nordic walking in cold weather

It’s been bitterly cold at times this week and for me it’s when Nordic walking comes into its own.  This amazing exercise energises your whole body – from the tips of your fingers to the tips of your toes.  I know this from personal experience.  I used to suffer from Raynaud’s, where your fingers (and sometimes toes) go white and numb in cold weather.  Since Nordic walking this is a thing of the past – and my circulation in general has also improved.   

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Your fabulous feet - and how to love them

At a meeting of Bristol Health Partners last week, the speed at which people cross pedestrian crossings was discussed.  Guess what the average walking speed for over 65s is? It’s 0.8 meters per second.  This equates to an average of 2.88 km/h or 1.79 mph.  I’ve just tried walking at that speed and not only is it hard to walk that slowly but I couldn’t walk properly at that pace.  It was a flat footed shuffle.

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Want good technique? Get snappy with your hands

Mostly the Nordic walking technique is straightforward and intuitive.  The exception is how you use your hands round the pole handle.  It’s an action that most of us are unused to so it takes time for our brains and hands to synchronise.  Plus there’s an advanced action for experienced Nordic walkers so it’s difficult for the beginner to learn by watching others.

Why is good hand control important?

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The big reason to love your behind

If you’ve been walking with me this week my blog won’t be a surprise: it’s all about the most powerful set of muscles in our body – the gluteals.

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The 'Super Six' Nordic walking skills to boost your regular walking

There’s an art to walking well which most of us only discover once we start Nordic walking.  Why we ask ourselves, did it take us so long?!  The truth is that whilst we were all born to walk, very few of us have given much thought to exactly how.  This has resulted in a myriad of problems due to poor functioning muscles and muscle firing sequencing. 

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Technique tips for walking in muddy conditions

We’ve had more than our fair share of rain and mud this January and we've been delighted by the way you've carried on regardless!  In many ways mud gives you a great workout – your legs, core and arms are all having to work seriously hard to keep you from slipping and sliding around which means you’ll be burning plenty of calories and toning your body at the same time.  However it’s easy to feel unstable if you’re slipping backwards and sideways when you’re trying to push forwards.  So here’s some pointers for Nordic walking in mud:

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Nordic walking vs ordinary walking on the flat: research results

Nordic walking will burn more calories, raise your heart rate higher and you'll walk faster than ordinary walking. This is the conclusion of the research project run last Autumn by Liz Carver, a former research scientist at BAE Systems with the help of participants from our club. This backs up all the previous research conducted on Nordic walking vs ordinary walking, most of which took place under laboratory conditions, not in the field.

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