There are two main rules that apply to weight loss that make Nordic Walking a particularly effective way to tackle it.
1. The more active you are, the more calories you will burn so as long as you are careful not to put in more than you burn (by watching what you eat) you will gradually start to lose weight.
Ordinary walking is a great way to start being more active but to keep improving you will need to walk for longer or to go faster – that’s where Nordic Walking comes in.
By using the poles you use more muscles which significantly increases the amount of calories burned without making you feel you are pushing yourself too hard. The poles actually help to propel you along so you could be working as hard as if you were jogging but will feel comfortable, not too breathless and there will be no strain on the knees and joints that can sometimes occur with more vigorous exercise.
2. As you get older, the amount of lean tissue (muscles) you have in the body decreases unless you remain particularly active – it is these muscles that are efficient at burning calories so it important to keep them working at a level that will ensure they do not continue to decrease.
Nordic Walking uses most of the major muscles in the body and therefore helps to keep them in good condition. This gives you the added benefit of improved posture and a more toned physique too!
As with any physical activity it is important to remember that the best results will be gained if you are careful about the foods you eat and try to ensure that you consume fewer calories than you are burning up each day.