My Nordic Walking Experience

My Nordic Walking Experience

Like most new fads that come and go I must confess that I was somewhat skeptical about venturing out with the Nordic walking team at the Spectrum gym located at Lawnton Brisbane Australia.

Also what kept ringing in my ears was that quote from Ellen DeGeneres when she said…… “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.” I could see myself being left behind not being about to find my way back to the gym.

What I did find was that I had a wonderful workout while I was in fact having fun and enjoying the program from start to finish. As a nearly 52 year old running for me was a long lost memory. After a brief introduction to all the different techniques shown to me by the very capable instructor I was up and running with two poles without any ankle, hip and knee pain.

Immediately I could start to see the benefits of this program for a range of people. Firstly, getting kids into exercise is not easy and of course, you have the problems of growth plate damage and Osgood Schlatter’s disease to consider.

This exercise eliminates this by taking the pressure of the joints. For the older person imagine being able to have that freedom of getting out and about without a walking frame, breathing in fresh air and potentially increasing your fitness, quality of life and perhaps living a few more years. Of course for all concerned there is the social aspect of meeting new friends.

The idea originated in the early 1900’s and is a basic way of life for all those who live in European and the Scandinavian countries dotted across the world. The Spectrum centre is currently training some local accountants who are preparing themselves for walking the exotic outback areas of Australia. So, as you can see the applications are widespread.

There is also a range of resistance warm ups and isotonic movements that makes this a good workout for all the muscle groups. You partner up with a buddy and use each others body weight to create resistance. Also all those who are still searching for the elusive core stabilization exercises and don’t want to do Pilates then this is for you. Walking is a great core exercise.

Its fun and who doesn’t enjoy a laugh when exercising? It has to be a must for rehab and all those coming back from injury. So if you see your granny zooming past your favourite AFL or rugby players it is just possible they have done some Nordic Walking classes.LOL

However the other day when I was Nordic walking through the bush, I did see a rabbit standing in front of a candle making shadows of people on a tree…so be careful and take it easy.
John Hart
“Master’s In Education” (Disability) Newcastle University Australia
“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia
“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”
“Cert 4 Personal Training”
“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

2 Responses to “My Nordic Walking Experience”

  1. Zandra January 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm Permalink

    As a Swedish born and raised woman, certified personal trainer in several different countries, I would not recommend Nordic walking because it is too intense on your elbow and wrist joints. Nordic walking was a big hip thing to do in the early 2000, but no one does this anymore in Sweden, because they were getting problems with their elbow and wrist joints. The impact that the poles have on the wrist/elbow joints when walking is short and intense, compared to long and smooth when you are skiing.

  2. John January 12, 2011 at 12:00 am Permalink

    Hi Zandra,
    thanks for the posts some good points here re elbows and wrists !!…Totally agree…I use this exercise mainly for people with knee joint issues
    and who don’t have issues with thier shoulders knees and elbows and have made a lot of people happy that they are now mobile….Unfortunatley sking is not good for knees so I guess horses for courses :) with most exercises they need to suit the requirements of the individual…had a look at your blog nice work keep up the good work
    Kind regards
    John Hart

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