Technique tips

Ten technique tips for Nordic walking

It’s difficult to remember everything you should be doing when you first start out Nordic walking.  It’s also easy for us seasoned Nordic walkers to slip into bad habits along the way!  So here’s ten top tips to help hone your technique:

1. When you pick up your poles, tighten your straps with your hand in the correct position around the pole and keep your wrist straight.  They will then fit more snugly, making the arm swing and hand control easier.

2.Complete a posture check list as you start walking and repeat it regularly:

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Downhill walking explained plus a useful talk test

Last week I wrote about the components of aerobic fitness: frequency, intensity, and duration.  This week I’m looking at one of those components – intensity -  and how you can calculate it. 

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How to Nordic walk on tarmac

In Bristol we are lucky to have lots of public parks and open spaces which means we mostly Nordic walk on grass and tracks.  It makes things nice and easy technique wise – no unpleasant scuffing noises if you’re not planting cleanly plus the tips of the poles grip well in the soft ground, providing an excellent propulsion platform.

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Three of our best warm-up exercises and some summertime reading

 

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Technique focus: Arm swing

One of the cornerstones of the Nordic walking technique is the arm swing.  It is also the easiest to get wrong.  So the arm swing is the next in my series of Nordic walking ‘what, why, how’ guides.  The aim of these guides is to help you improve your health, strength and fitness through developing your Nordic walking technique.  It assists those of you who are new to Nordic walking to learn and embed the technique into your action.  It’s also a useful reminder for those of us who have been Nordic walking for a while as it’s all too easy to slip into bad habits! 

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An inspiring walker story plus technique advice for banishing slumping

Slouching or slumping is an easy habit to fall into.  Unfortunately it’s not good for our health.  It is why the chest is the next in my series of Nordic walking ‘what, why, how’ guides.  The aim of these guides is to help you improve your health, strength and fitness through developing your Nordic walking technique.  When you read Heather’s story below you will see what a difference it can have.

THE CHEST

What are we trying to achieve?

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Technique focus: hips and pelvis and we're now in Bath!

At Bristol Nordic Walking we always focus on Nordic walking technique during our classes.  From arm swing and hand control to rotation, heel/toe roll, and everything else in between.  This helps those of you who are new to Nordic walking to learn and embed the technique into your action.  It’s also a useful reminder for those of us who have been Nordic walking for a while as it’s all too easy to slip into bad habits! 

Not only do we teach technique in class, but as instructors we also meet every couple of months and apply the ‘what, why, how’ test to a specific area:

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A Nordic walking beginner's guide, foraging recipes and a list of small things...

 

"If you think small things don’t make a difference you’ve never been to bed with a mosquito”.  It’s a saying that’s always made me chortle and the other day I realised its pertinence to Nordic walking. Not the mosquito of course but small adjustments can make a big difference to your enjoyment of Nordic walking and its effectiveness.  So I thought I’d jot down a short list of some of these small things in case they make a difference for you:

 

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Looking after your wrists

I’ve been thinking a lot about my wrists recently, this is partly because at the back end of last year I had an arthritic flare-up in my joints. It happens every now and then and is the reason why I gave up running and started Nordic walking. Yes I know I didn’t tell you, because it didn’t stop me from Nordic walking.  I was actually at my best then as everything was being gently mobilised, but it has made me take stock of how best to look after my joints going forwards. 

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Technique focus - the lean, the Bristol Life Awards and our mad-March walks

Here’s a short but sweet Nordic walking tip: lean (from your ankles) and you will walk faster and increase your core strength.

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