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Nordic Walking - more than just a walk in the park!

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

Nordic walking, a form of fitness walking that originated in Finland, has rapidly gained popularity around the world due to its remarkable benefits for both physical and mental well-being. Combining the simplicity of walking with the use of specially designed poles, Nordic walking engages more muscle groups than traditional walking, making it a highly effective low-impact workout suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.



Nordic walking in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
Nordic walking in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland

What are the major benefits of Nordic Walking?


Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking and using poles it adds two major benefits

  • The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs

  • The poles help to propel you along making you work harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier.

Nordic walking is a specific fitness technique different to hill walking, trekking and trail running and is incredibly beneficial. 


The poles are not planted in front but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body.


Beautiful day in Hillsborough Forest Park
Beautiful day in Hillsborough Forest Park

Other benefits of Nordic Walking

  • It's enjoyable – and anyone can be good at it. ...

  • Helps with weight loss. ...

  • Tones your muscles and helps keep your bones strong. ...

  • Protects your hip and knee joints. ...

  • Strengthens your heart and lungs and benefits those with asthma. ...

  • Boosts your circulation. ...

  • Improves your lymph drainage. ...

  • Mental wellbeing.

In order to enhance the benefits of Nordic walking and ensure the body works efficiently it is recommended that the correct technique should be learnt. 


Andrea Lucas is a trained Nordic walking UK instructor and runs regular classes in Nordic Walking in Hillsborough Village and Hillsborough Forest Park. One-to-one and small group sessions are available on request. We are delighted to offer Nordic walking in Northern Ireland.


Nordic walking can be booked online or get in touch to find out about our new courses and 1-1 and small group sessions.


Nordic walking in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
Nordic walking in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland

What our clients have to say...!


"Nordic walking is an excellent way of exercising, encouraging co-ordination, good posture and walking speed.  Andrea was a great instructor correcting and perfecting everyone's technique.  Very sociable & fun."   Heather

"Very beneficial and worthwhile.  Used upper body muscles, my arms, back, shoulders & neck.  A good whole body activity which was very enjoyable.  Feel my cardiovascular health has improved and also upper body mobility."  Hilda

"Great way to spend an hour in summer.  Outdoor exercise for all abilities."   Phylis

"I feel I have learnt something new, from an excellent teacher.  Loved every minute - even in the rain! - and plan to continue Nordic Walking"   Alex

"Nordic walking offers a new walking skill which develops physical core strength & balance whilst engaging mental concentration.  A great activity for beginner hikers or those keen to get outside and enjoy exercise."  Val  

"Wonderful outdoor exercise with a very friendly group of like-minded people"   Hilary

"A good walk improved" Jane

"If you like walking, you will love Nordic walking"   Barbara

"Nordic walking classes provided an excellent opportunity to exericise outdoors, meeting new people and learn a new skill which can be implemented into daily life"   Alison

"Good fun. Great exercise.  New challenge.  Excellent and very patient teacher"


Nordic walking can be booked online or get in touch to find out about our new courses and 1-1 and small group sessions.

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