In a list of things that the northern European countries have given to the world you will find Ikea, Vikings, Abba and Swedish massage. You can now add Nordic walking to the list.
Nordic walking is a form of exercise that combines walking with poles and a special technique to create a whole body work out. It was originally created as a form of off season training for skiers in the Nordic countries of northern Europe.
The activity combines walking with core and upper body conditioning, similar to that employed in cross country skiing. By using this technique, participants can increase energy consumption by up to 46%, without any perceived further exertion.
Walkers use specially designed poles, shorter than those used by skiers, that are designed to provide maximum support and comfort for the walkers joints, hips and back. The poles are made from lightweight materials like aluminium, and usually come with removable rubber and metal tips so that they may be used on a variety of surfaces.
The Nordic Walking Academy Australia provides proficiency courses around Australia for those who would like to learn how. The cost is $88.00 per person, which includes tuition, pole hire, refreshments and a certificate of attainment at the end of the day.
If you already have some experience in Nordic walking and would like to continue your instruction with a class, you can find that information here.