Let’s face it. Most of us don’t get enough exercise. What, with the long work hours (usually in front of a computer) and the likely commute that goes along with it, exercise seems to be the last thing on our to do list.
Add to this the fact that most exercise is, well, not fun. We conjure up pictures of long hours on treadmills or lifting free weights. Not exactly something we are racing out to do.
But what if you could exercise, have fun, and get the workout of your life! You can…with Nordic walking.
Sometimes referred to a “ski walking,” Nordic walking is derived from an off-season ski-training technique that uses long poles while walking. Not only is it a fun and enjoyable form of exercise, but it has also been shown to demand more exertion and burn more fat than regular walking.
In fact, a study from a 2011 issue of the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that people who practiced Nordic walking for 40 minutes three days a week for 12 weeks not only enjoyed a decrease in BMI, body fat, and blood pressure—with a significant decrease shown in the diastolic reading in particular (the lower number)—but also had nearly unprecedented adherence to the program.
Specifically, 91 percent of the people stuck to the program. Plus, while they exhibited greater exercise intensity during their training sessions that others who simply walked, they had a lower perceived exertion rate. This means that while they worked harder, they didn’t feel like they were.
Why not break out of that rut and give Nordic walking a try! You can pick up poles at most outdoors and sporting goods stores.