Nordic Walking is accepted and being used worldwide in the treatment and mangement of many chronic conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, neuromuscular and cardiovascular-related diseases. The standout feature of this low-impact form of fitness walking is that the Nordic Walking technique can readily be adapted to cater for patients' individual needs and to provide specific outcomes.
Scientific research in the USA and Europe shows that Nordic Walking:
- Provides increased stability, security and confidence with walking
- Develops co-ordination and integrates major muscle groups
- Enables functional mobility without loading of full bodyweight
- Builds core stability and back strength
- Promotes hip flexor and foot dorsiflexion strength – thus aiding in falls prevention
- Improves joint mobility and muscle flexibility
- Produces a more intense workout effect but with less perceived exertion
- Increases circulation throughout body
- Helps improve self-image and mental acuity
- Boosts aerobic conditioning and weight loss effects
Nordic Walking has been used effectively to help in diabetes management and arthritis control. If you suffer from either of these chronic conditions, or if you have cardiovascular-related diseases that need management, discuss with your doctor or physio how Nordic Walking might be suitable for you.