Nordic Walking, aka, the walking Pilates
A lot of patients that I see on a day to day basis could all benefit from some kind of core training or targeted exercises to help improve their back, neck, and shoulder pain or to help manage ongoing conditions such as arthritis or disc injuries to their spine.
Most manual therapists (Osteopaths and Physiotherapists etc) are huge advocates of Pilates and Yoga for rehabilitation and injury prevention, and for good reason. Being able to better control the lumbar spine and pelvic movements of your body as well as training correct breathing mechanics and improving flexibility are some of the objectives. All of these benefits have significant roles to play in individuals working towards better health and less pain.
However, both yoga and pilates aren’t for everyone. Most people that I encounter who are not interested in these classes are embarrassed to take part, feel they lack the attention span to make the class worthwhile or they have tried it before and don’t get on with it. Well, look no further because there is a new (actually very old) exercise on the block.
Nordic Walking… A secret obsession of mainland Europeans and an absolute craze ready to sweep through the UK. A specific fitness technique based around the enhancement of walking by using two poles to promote correct gait, reduce weight-bearing through joints, using up to 90% of all our skeletal muscles, and burns 46% more calories than ordinary walking and stimulates proper upright posture and good head/shoulder position. The obvious cardiovascular and respiratory benefits of Nordic walking are not just perceived, there is research to back this up to which can be found on the British Nordic walking website.
Even more importantly nordic walking is arguably more sociable, can be done anywhere, and just requires you to know how to walk. There is also no specialist equipment needed, unlike pilates which sometimes uses reformers. Even if you happen to struggle to walk due to injury then Nordic walking is a great rehabilitation tool for this too. Alternatively, if you are an avid walker then walks are graded on difficulty, and signing up for a harder walk may just push you to achieve your health and fitness goals.
So, If you are fed up spending your summer in a pilates/yoga studio then why not google Nordic walking the UK and find one of 4,000 registered expert instructor near you or check out this link.
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