Llama Nordic Walking – Sue Hodges

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Llama Nordic Walking was founded by me when I qualified Nordic Walking Instructor. As a British Nordic Walking Instructor, I use the INWA 10 Step Method which is a tried and tested way of teaching people to Nordic Walk. This method ensures Nordic Walkers adopt the best posture and technique to get the most out of Nordic Walking as they progress through the Method. Developed by sports scientists and biomechanics experts, in conjunction with the development of ergonomically designed poles, this method of teaching Nordic Walking is recognised internationally. 

If you learn to Nordic Walk with me, you will be able to use the complete Nordic Walking technique that will bring you all the benefits that are attributed to the activity. No pale imitations with this method. I guarantee you will discover a new love for walking using Nordic Walking poles.

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking originated in Finland and was developed by cross-country skiers who wanted to maintain their fitness during the summertime. The Nordic Walking technique has been developed along the same principles as cross-country skiing but obviously without the snow! Nordic Walking involves walking with poles that are similar in design to ski poles and incorporate a gauntlet that can be detached from the pole.

Why Nordic Walk?

There are many reasons why people should learn to Nordic Walk and this form of exercise can really make a difference to your mental and physical fitness. Nordic Walking’s special technique enhances the natural movement of walking to create extra power. Using Nordic Walking poles ensures that effort is shared between the upper and lower body, so it actually feels easier than normal walking, particularly uphill.

What are the benefits of Nordic Walking?

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Nordic Walking can help you to burn up to 40% more calories than walking without poles and regular Nordic Walking can help you to lose weight. Using poles propels you forward which in turn helps you to walk faster and burn more calories. This form of exercise is great for both a cardiovascular and muscular workout that can be done at your own pace and fitness level. It will help to strengthen your heart, lungs, muscles, and bones and Nordic Walking puts less strain on joints than other activities. The poles reduce the amount of stress on your knees and hips, and they can aid your balance. This means that it can be an effective way for people with mobility issues to maintain their fitness or those recovering from illness or injury to regain it.

Nordic Walking is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and apart from a pair of poles there is no other specialist equipment needed. I have Nordic Walking poles that can be used by clients, and these are free to use during walking sessions. You can wear trainers for walking and comfortable clothes with no need to buy anything more specialised.

Nordic Walking is great for your mental health and well-being because not only will you get some exercise, but you will also have the chance to be outdoors and socialise with other people. Exercising in the great outdoors is good for the spirit and sharing this experience with others will help to develop friendships and fitness.

I have always enjoyed spending time outdoors participating in a variety of pursuits including hill walking, mountaineering and ski touring. I believe that Nordic Walking enables people to keep physically fit but also supports good mental health. Nordic Walking offers great opportunities to spend time with others whilst improving one’s fitness and wellbeing. I am keen to teach others how to Nordic Walk because I can vouch for the benefits of this fantastic form of exercise that is accessible for all ages and abilities.

Equipment needed for Nordic Walking

The main equipment you need for Nordic Walking is a pair of Nordic Walking poles. I have sets of Nordic Walking poles that can be used by clients and I can provide advice to those who may wish to purchase their own Nordic Walking poles.

A good pair of trainers or walking shoes would be ideal for Nordic Walking and there is no need to spend a lot of money on specialist shoes although I can recommend footwear if requested. Likewise there is no need to spend money on any specific clothing, but I would recommend wearing clothes that you are comfortable to exercise in.

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