Looking for alternative ways to stay fit during self-isolation? It’s likely your local gym has closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic and you’re left trying to figure out how to stay active while keeping a distance from others.
The good news is that the temperature is just right, the scenery is beautiful, and it’s an opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature. And while walking and hiking are great options, why not try something new?
Nordic walking, also known as pole walking, is like cross-country skiing without the skis. A fantastic, low-impact workout, it actually burns up to 46% more calories than regular walking. And if that wasn’t enough reason to give it a try, here are a few more great facts.
- Nordic Walking is an enhancement of normal walking, not a different movement.
- Nordic walking develops core stability and strength.
- The poles offer support and offload weight from the hips and knees. This allows walkers to go further, faster, and possibly pain-free for those with joint issues (or knee or hip replacements).
- It is an all-over workout. Each time you push off with the poles your abs tighten. It also helps sculpt arms and shoulders.
- The poles tighten the upper back muscles every time you press down on them.
- The force with which you press down on the poles can increase or decrease the intensity of the workout.
- Being active and utilizing 90% of your muscles helps balance your blood sugar levels.
Grab some poles, strap on your hiking boots and find a spot to go for a Nordic walk. Enjoy the scenery, have a chat on the phone, and get a workout in all at the same time.