Who said Nordic walking is for “old people” who want to walk their poles? Who said Nordic walking is for people on snow?
Nordic walking first appeared in Scandinavian countries in the 1970s. It was originally practiced by cross-country skiers as a warm-season workout. More dynamic than hiking, Nordic walking uses two poles to accentuate the arms’ natural swinging movement. Combining endurance and muscular strengthening, Nordic walking is a gentle sport with numerous health benefits. As well as improving the body’s physical capacities (endurance, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination), it also has a positive effect on mood and mental condition: practised in the open air, this sporting activity helps to escape and clear the mind. So it’s with a smile on my face that I’m about to embark on a 9km run.