Many doctors agree that Nordic walking is one of the most
effective cardiovascular workouts because it works all major muscle
groups in the body.
Recent studies by the Cooper Institute, Dallas, showed that
Nordic walking burned more calories, increased oxygen consumption, and
can be up to 46% more efficient than normal walking.
Nordic walking is also great for weight loss. By using the
Nordic walking poles, you increase your heart rate on average 10-15%
more than normal walking. This means you can burn up to 450 calories
per hour, much more than normal walking, which only burns approximately
280. An additional energy consumption of 1500-2000 calories a week
while doing physical activities reduces your risk of getting sick. You
can achieve this by walking with your poles approximately 3 hours every
Nordic walking offers more health benefits than regular
walking, jogging, biking or running.
Normal walking, even with a fast pace and good stride, only
uses approximately 70% of the muscle mass in the body at any given
time. Put some Nordic Walking poles in your hands, and with the proper
technique, you will now be utilizing up to 90% of your body’s muscle
while increasing your heart rate significantly. Just look at the
picture opposite comparing heart rates between standard and Nordic