Strength training should not be injurious to ourselves. On the other hand, it can, and should be, very enjoyable…when done right. So what is a strength training program that can accomplish this?
Listen carefully…it is called…walking! Yes, it’ that simple. Now, don’t say something like, ” walking! how in the world can walking be an entire body workout?” Bear with me here and you’ll see.
What Is A Workout?
It means different things to different people, mostly though it just depends on what you are trying to achieve. For runners, a good workout is daily running. Swimmers, it’s swimming. For weight lifters, it means a good heavy workout at the gym.
On the other hand, if you are new or just wanting to get started, then what I am about to introduce you to is just perfect for you.
Now, don’t get me wrong here. I’ve done my fair share of weight lifting and in competition with the other guys at the gym in days gone by. I know what it takes. It’s becomes a way of life.
However, the entire body workout I’m talking about here is with the use of the Nordic Walking Poles. When done correctly, not only do you gain strength, cardiovascular, but you also learn how to stand erect (not stoop and others will notice when you do stand up straight) along with an overall sense of well being.
Let’s Get Started
When it comes to complete overall fitness it requires that you pay close attention to what your body is doing. Putting into practice the things that you have learned. When learned correctly, your body has what is called “muscle memory” and will give you that flowing walk that is so noticed when using Nordic walking poles.
When walking, don’t forget to keep your feet in good shape with a good pair of walking boots or shoes. Depending on the terrain you’ll be walking on will determine the type of shoe/boot you will want to have on hand.
The best exercise fitness program type training will gradually move you to you desired outcome. Though it’s great to be in shape for specific types of sports, it’s even better to just have an overall fitness.
In a regular routine with Nordic poles, you can achieve this goal. Once this is accomplished, you can be assured that you are ready to take on more varied activities than previously.
When beginning your workout, the stride, pace, that is, the distance between each step is very important. You’ll note that as you get into better and better condition, your pace will naturally lengthen. So will your speed and long arm.
Uphill and downhill training will develop more muscle and strength. Additional benefits are power, agility, coordination, balance and having more flexibility in everyday activities and sports. The Nordic walking poles will help you accomplish each of the above.
Aerobic Fitness Is A Goal
With cardiorespiratory exercise programs, along with strength training, is most of the goal that we are seeking. It begins with a base plan of building our aerobic ‘wind’ slowly. Begin slowly, and add speed along with leg stretch out.
With each regular exercise step, we build heart and lung capacity. Cardiovascular is our ultimate goal. Strength will come as a side benefit.
Intensity comes next. The more intense our Nordic walks are, the greater the gains.
Written by: Tom McDaniel Share this button
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