Starting now, you can quickly realize the benefits of walking. Walking? Why not jog, swim, go to the gym, or bicycle riding? They all have their place, but surprisingly, walking will cover all those activities rolled into one!
Learning How To Walk
First of all, when we walk many will begin to view it as “serious business.” On the other hand, we’ll try not to go with that attitude. The benefits of walking will come to us whether we are serious about it or we are just enjoying the pleasant surroundings.
Coordination And Stability
Just like learning to walk as a young child, the proper use of Nordic Walking Poles also requires a measure of coordination along with a very short learning curve. Stability and strength with growing endurance qualities, which will enhance our cardiovascular effort will in turn, allow us to be more agile and even increasing visual acuity.
To name a few of the tremendous benefits that come from regular use of walking poles would be : strengthening body muscles, tendons, ligaments, injury prevention, quick nerve system reaction to situations which include the agility and ability to learn other athletic skills and/or sports.
Put simply, by regular use of Nordic walking poles is really an investment to our future health, welfare, and overall sense of well being.
The Little “Engine” That Said I Can!
The creation of the human body is unique in itself. The brief illustration that follows will help us to get the sense of how Nordic Walking Poles will benefit us.
A small 1 horsepower gasoline engine can do 1 hp worth of work all day long. Try to get it to do 1 1/2 hp or perhaps even 2 hp worth of work and what happens? In short order, it will break down.
On the other hand, if demand 1 horsepower worth of work from our bodies, we get 1 hp worth of work. If we begin to demand 1 1/2 or even 2 hp worth of work from our bodies, then, over time, our bodies will build the needed muscle, coordination, stamina, and quick reaction time that is needed in order to not only meet, but welcome the change in pace and give us the 1 1/2 to 2 hp energy that is needed.
Using Nordic walking poles puts that little “engine” through it’s paces, that is, our bodies. Using available resources, such as oxygen and a proper diet, our bodies will begin to burn fat and build muscle. In fact, the better condition we are in, our little “engine” will be burning fat even when we are at rest.
Cross Country And Skiing…Do We Need It?
Regardless of what level we choose to begin our regular walking routine, our bodies will respond accordingly. Since aerobic training and conditioning is really at the heart of our newly acquired skills, it sets the stage for anaerobic activities later on.
Anaerobic type of training could be considered the “quarter mile race” of our conditioning. Since anaerobic training is quite intense, it is usually done in short bursts of energy. For instance, activities such as we see in aerobic classes in many gyms throughout the country or a long distance runner suddenly has a burst of speed and energy as he/she sees the finish line.
Since this training is for the advanced, we need not worry about it at this time. Regardless what our fitness level may be, we can use our Nordic walking poles to meet any challenges that may come our way. Our goal is to progressively build needed endurance, muscle, fat burning capabilities even while at rest, along with increased cardiovascular capacity.
The Top 8 Benefits Of Nordic Walking Poles
1. Agility and performance in almost every sport will be increased.
2. Being used to moving, our natural abilities requiring speed will increase.
3. Like a fine-tuned engine running at peak performance, our total recovery time will be dramatically lessened, making recovery time brief.
4. Coordinated walking skills will increase along with our natural dynamic balance especially when maneuvering over uneven surfaces we walk on.
5. Nerves and response time will become much more acute.
6. Since fitness is our goal regardless of our present physical fitness, it will naturally be a “side benefit” of our regular Nordic pole walking routine.
7. Getting our “wind” or cardiovascular endurance will quickly be increased.
8. Strengthened heart activities will allow our heart muscle to work less, allowing our heart to perform the same activities as before our walking routine…but with much less effort.
Graceful Women…Muscular Men
Ladies, if you interviewed a number of other women that have been Nordic walkers for a while, you will find that each of them have noticed that within themselves, their own style of walking has become more graceful.
Using Nordic walking poles has given them greater grace and ease of walking even without the use of poles in their everyday activities. Since coordination, building both upper and lower body muscle, along with fat burning capacities, these women’s bodies will naturally walk straighter.
As we walk, our arms and legs will quite naturally, fall into it’s natural rhythm of the opposite of our leg stride. Better coordination, graceful movements will also include much fewer body injuries, quicker response time, excellent precision of movements, and ease of learning new skills in almost any sport.
Men, on the other hand, will gain all of the above benefits as women do, including much greater muscle mass. Seeing that men already have more muscle mass than women, muscle will develop rather quickly.
Having a more athletic shape or build, will give every man a greater presence in practically any given situation or setting. Even improving his mental awareness because his body is using oxygen more efficiently.
With greater capacity of endurance because of his now, highly trained and conditioned cardiovascular capabilities, those distance type activities beckons to him (or her), to want to join in.
A Excellent Way Of Life
Nordic pole walking is indeed, a way of life. Knowing that as much as we put into our personal training and routine, WE are the one that gets 100% of the benefits.
Nordic walking requires our entire body to be involved. Good balance, agility, quick response times, less fatigue, less injuries, along with grace and muscle development for both men and women, are what we are desiring.
All of the above questions have been addressed. Why not take a few minutes and see how?
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Written by : Tom McDaniel
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