Can a Nordic Walking workout really be as beneficial as going for a run?

The simple answer – yes it can. But to know why we need to look at it in a little bit more detail. Any exercise that raises your heart rate is good for you. It is giving your heart muscle a workout and it helps to burn more calories which is essential for losing or maintain a healthy weight. But how can walking out-perform running when it comes to how hard your body is working? It’s the poles that make this type of exercise unique and here’s the best bit – anyone can do it regardless of your fitness level.


Malin Svensson, a former track and field athlete and one of Sweden’s top five runners, discovered the sport 10 years ago when she saw that her heart rate was as high when Nordic walking as it was when she was running. Malin says that “Nordic Walking burns more calories, strengthens my upper body, and reduces stress on my joints. I get as good a workout from Nordic Walking as if I’m running – and it is low impact!”


And Malin is right. Nordic walking really will get your heart rate elevated and work the entire body, but you just won’t feel like you are working at such a high level. Why? It’s all in the technique and this is why completing a Nordic Walking course and mastering this technique is an essential part of becoming a Nordic walker. Using the poles with the correct techniques engages the muscles in your upper body which in turn helps to raise your heart rate. But best of all it actually makes walking easier, helps to improve your posture and burns 20-40% more calories than walking alone.


So now you know how effective Nordic walking can be for improving your overall health and fitness, why not take the next steps and come and try a taster session? It’s free so there is no financial outlay or obligation to take it any further. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and some suitable clothing. We will provide you with some poles for the session and our fully qualified instructors will give you all the help you need. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals! We can give you guidance and help with your personal fitness mission, whatever your circumstances and remember that this is about you taking your fitness at your pace. We have walks for all ability levels that run throughout the week with times to help you fit your walking effortlessly into your lifestyle.


If you feel you would like some more help, advice or information about Nordic Walking before you take the next steps, contact Simon on 07590 726212 or email him at


Updated: August 30, 2018 — 8:45 am