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

Updated: Jan 29

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

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.  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

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 are 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 everyones 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"

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