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.
“Master’s In Education” (Disability) Newcastle University Australia
“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia
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“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”