What Is Nordic Walking?
Health Benefits & What Happens In Nordic Walking Classes
Nordic Walking Classes & The Health Benefits
What is Nordic Walking? It’s walking with Four Legs! Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles which exercise the upper as well as the lower body, so it’s a total body workout. It will strengthen your core supporting muscles and back, burn more calories than simply walking without poles, and help to firm up and tone arms, as well as your legs and bottom!
So what do you do in a Nordic Walking Class? Our popular hour long classes, exercise, mobilise and tone your whole body….. We walk for 45-50 minutes after a few mobilising/warm up exercises, finishing the class with a whole body stretch….. All in the great outdoors taking in the beautiful parts of Alexandra Palace/Park & surrounding area.
Nordic Walking Classes | Fitness Improvements
Whatever your reasons for joining Johanna Green and the team in a Nordic Walking Class, we aim to help you improve your overall health and well being in the following ways:
- Get Fitter, Feel Healthier
- Improve Stamina & Energy
- Improve Mobility & Strength
- Get Toned, Firmer & Improve Your Shape
- Lose/Shed Weight & Keep It Off
- All whilst protecting and improving any joint/health challenges
What Are The Health Benefits of Nordic Walking Classes
Nordic Walking is a Whole Body Workout
Nordic Walking, unlike regular walking, uses the arms and upper body as well as the legs and lower body which means that a Nordic Walking Session is a Whole Body Workout. Using the specially designed Nordic Walking Poles allows you to engage the muscles in the arms and upper body to increase the overall activity and intensity of the exercise.
Nordic Walking helps to increase your lung capacity and improve your circulation of blood and oxygen around the body.
Nordic Walking Burns More Calories
Nordic Walking can burn up to 46% more calories than with ordinary walking. If your goal is to lose weight and to keep it off then this is an ideal exercise.
Why does Nordic Walking burn more calories than ordinary walking? Using the Nordic Walking Poles means that you use the muscles in your upper body as well as your lower body, this increases the energy that your body needs to work.
Using the Nordic Walking Poles makes you work harder, without even realising it. You find that you can walk faster, go further and improve your stamina, for everyday activity.
Nordic Walking helps you to Tone, Trim & Firm-up
Nordic Walking exercise technique helps you to focus on targeting your upper arms, shoulders and stomach and back muscles….. Your ‘core’ muscles…..
During your Nordic Walking session the instructors will be encouraging you to maintain good posture and techinique which will train you to use your abdmonial and lower back muscles and as a result will trim your waist and strengthen your entire core!
The Nordic Walking techinique or pushing the poles into the ground really works the entire ʻmiddleʼ of the body and all of your back, which further strengthens your core muscles that support overall good posture.
Nordic walking is also a weight-bearing exercise and uses 90% of the bodyʼs skeletal muscle. So it is excellent for bone health and as it is outside your body is able to absorb that all important vitamin D.
Nordic Walking for better Posture, Balance & Relaxation
One of the unique features of Nordic walking techiniqe is that you plant the poles behind you. This keeps your posture upright and your chest open. The technique, which includes rotating your upper body, also helps release tension in your neck and shoulders and reduces the impact on joints. In our classes we always spend some time working on technique to ensure you are getting the maximum beneﬁt from Nordic walking – ʻchest lifted, shoulders down, belly and bottom inʼ has almost become a mantra!
Nordic Walking for those with Joint Issues or Injuries
Nordic Walking workouts are ideal if you are looking for an exercise that can accommodate a joint or muscle issue or injury.
Nordic Walking workouts are gentle on the joints and can be a good way to exercise even if you have: neck; shoulder; back; hip; knee or ankle problems. This is because by using the poles and your upper body, you take weight off of your lower body; and by using your upper body, you mobilse and strengthen it….. Which aids joints.
Anyone who is recovering from illness or injury will find Nordic Walking perfect to gently introduce more activity into their life in a gradual and sustainable way.
Nordic Walking Classes are Social & Fun
As well as getting a good workout, Nordic Walking Groups are social and enjoyable with friendly, supportive and inclusive instructors and fellow Nordic Walkers.
What’s great is that whilst chatting and catching up you also get a great workout without really noticing.
Whatever your fitness levels anyone can enjoy exercising with a Nordic Walking group. Nordic Walkers say that they feel like they matter and love being part of the group.
More About Nordic Walking…..
All Year & All Weather Nordic Walking Groups
Day or night and in all weather throughout the year Nordic Walkers come to get fitter and keep healthy.
Some want to lose weight, tone up and feel more energised, others want to become or keep mobile, strong and fit, despite having an illness or joint problem. Some Nordic Walkers are preparing for a walking holiday.
Whatever the reason, all our Nordic Walkers love being outdoors and enjoying the wonderful surroundings of Alexandra Palace and Park.
Who Goes To The Nordic Walking Classes?
Groups are, typically 4 – 15 people. We are a friendly mix of local residents and some from further afield, aged 35 plus; anyone who enjoys getting fitter in the great outdoors. We’re sociable and welcoming and love to encourage others.
Who Teaches The Nordic Walking Classes?
Johanna Green and her team of Professionals are experienced and qualified Nordic Walking Group Instructors.
What Our Outdoor Fitness Classes Clients Are Saying
Nordic Walking great for upper body as well as your legs
Jo has also trained me to Nordic Walk, which for me is really a top-up activity, great for moving along rapidly while exercising the upper body as well as your legs. (I expect it to be particularly useful when I next need to recuperate from some leg or ankle injury which prevents me from running while I recover !)
Apart from her weekly Nordic Walking workouts, there are occasional long Nordic Walks in other rural parts of north London – and of course once trained, it’s also something you can do by yourself or with similarly minded friends.
Nordic Walking is a perfect way to get out and keep fit.
Because I have to be careful of too much high impact exercise, I tried Nordic Walking as soon as Jo started her classes, and find it a perfect way to get out and keep fit (with groups or on my own) whilst being kind to my knee joints. My regular 40-minute route around Ally Pally is over 7000 steps, and I really enjoy the social side of the group walks.
Come rain, shine or snow, Johanna’s sessions are now firmly a part of my weekly routine, and best of all, I don’t have to step inside a gym!
Nicky, Nordic Walking
I've got a renewed vigor!
I've just come back from walking the Tour Mont Blanc, 180km in 11 days! When I agreed to do it I panicked!
I got in touch with Johanna and it was the best preparation I could have done for the walk in the Alps.
Although Alexandra Palace isn't the Alps, I was able to push myself and it paid off.
My legs were stronger and able to cope with the inclines and declines and I was able to use the walking poles with ease.
I've come back stronger and fitter and with a renewed vigor. Thank you Jo.
Karen, North London
Nordic Walking ... It's become addictive
I was struggling to find a class I could do with my achillies, knee and lower back issues. I was given a 7 day class taster pass and so decided to try Johanna's Nordic Walking Classes.
I hadn't a clue what Nordic Walking was but I turned up at Ally Pally got the Poles and did it!
It's become addictive!
The poles support you so theres no stress on your joints. You can go faster and further.
Really pleased with the results from Nordic Walking
I have been Nordic walking with Johanna for almost three and a half years. I love Nordic walking and have seen fitness levels improve.
Late last year (2015) the queue for the lifts at Covent Garden tube were massive. Deciding to climb the stairs, I passed people a third of my age struggling to climb! At the top I was breathless but not gasping. About five years ago I did the same climb and was gasping.
Really pleased with the results from Nordic Walking.
Jo tailors each walk to individual needs ...
Nordic walking with Jo is not only great fun (when she doesn’t make us climb too many hills!) but great for your fitness level.
Jo tailors each walk to individual needs and all abilities are catered for. Nordic walking is not to be underestimated and is a great way to work your whole body not just your legs.
I personally found it a great start to building up my fitness and I have now progressed to boot camp with Jo too. Both forms of exercise are enjoyable but also challenging.
Nordic Walking ... meet everyone’s differing ability levels.
When I joined Johanna’s classes I was trying to get back into exercise but had lost the motivation to go to the gym.
I quickly found that exercising outside in the fresh air is so much more fun and that I was regularly making time to fit the classes into my routine.
I learnt Nordic walking with Johanna 3 years ago and have been enjoying coming to the classes ever since.
Nordic Walking is great exercise, the classes are really sociable and Johanna is excellent at adapting our walks to meet everyone’s differing ability levels.
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