Nordic walking provides a total body workout for all ages and benefits fitness and health,, body and mind while enjoying the outdoors.
Because of its versatility and adaptability Nordic Walking is a valuable mode of exercise to individuals with medical conditions such as arthritis, cancer, lymphedema, beginning balance problems, Parkinson's Disease, MS and more.
Nordic Walking initially started out as a summer training exercise for cross country skiers in Finland.
A Full Body Workout
Nordic Walking participants utilize 20% more of the body's muscles during each workout (70% vs. 90%). Nordic walking uses both upper and lower body muscles.
Better Posture and Gait
Nordic walking promotes good posture, better walking with heel strike and increased step length, and arm swing.
Benefits to Active Agers
As our bodies age, our gait or walking ability changes such as reduced step length, head forward posture, reduced joint range of motion, limited flexibility, loss of sensation in the feet and/or hands, etc.
Nordic Walking can bring the joy back into your walking and a spring back in your step.
Nordic Walking Training
Jacqueline is a ANWA certified Nordic Walking instructor since 2015. Nordic Walking training is instructed through one-on-one private sessions or small group training, or as part of your personal exercise program. Meet up in neighborhood or park.
Rucking for the active older adult
Walking is a cardiovascular or aerobic exercise which is a rhythmic continuous activity. Adding variety to your daily walk for more health and wellness benefits is easy. Active older adults may enjoy exercising both upper and lower body with Nordic Walking or Rucking.
What is Rucking?
Rucking is the act of walking while carrying a load such as a backpack others wear weighted vest. The only thing that you need is are a sturdy pair of walking or hiking shoes, a weighted backpack or vest and a safe place where you can go for an extended, uninterrupted walk, you can even use your hiking sticks or Nordic Walking poles.
Rucking is a weight bearing activity that can be combined with other exercises such as squats, step-ups, stair climbing, lunges and heel lifts to boost muscle strength and bone density.
Benefits of Rucking
Rucking combines low-to moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory or aerobic activity along with muscular strength training that comes from carrying a loaded backpack. The activity has the potential to burn calories, improve aerobic capacity and increase strength in lower body and core muscles. It can help reduce risk for age-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, muscle loss or sarcopenia and osteoporosis. The amount of stress on joint while walking even when carrying a load is less than that of running.
Your personal trainer can help you get started with rucking.