Nordic Walking

Denise Connects

Nordic Walking

The recent summer solstice has made me want to get outdoors and make the most of the longish days while they are still here to enjoy.

My favourite way of doing this is with a spot of early morning Nordic Walking, a surprisingly restorative activity devised by Finnish cross-country skiers in the 1930s. It’s a totally different way of walking that helps us restore our own inner rhythm.  It’s also a great way to clear your head, open your heart chakra and boost your senses and energy for the day – plus it’s twice as effective as ordinary walking at burning calories!

You can do it anytime, but nothing beats early morning. The Yogis tell us that 4 am till 8 am is one of the purest times of day, when Nature is at its most vibrant. Our adrenal glands are also most active in the morning and Nordic Walking gives us lots of energy. Walking outdoors in tune with Nature and our own body rhythm is the ideal way to charge our cells and organs with oxygen and reactivate our nerves and self-healing. It also positively changes our physical posture and balances and energises our emotions and thoughts.

If you’ve never tried or seen it, I admit it feels a little odd at first, but stick with it as it’s amazing how quickly you settle into a relaxed, natural rhythm.

The technique uses two special poles to propel you along, provide support and give your upper body a work out. They also take the pressure off the legs, joints and spine, making the technique suitable for anyone – young or old, fit or unfit.
To get into the rhythm, it helps to imagine that you’re on a catwalk swinging your hips and shoulders, with the right pole and left foot hitting the ground immediately in front of you at the same time, followed by the left pole and right foot.
But don’t just take my word for it – there are classes and instructors all over the country and the sport is rapidly growing in popularity: Try it once and you’ll understand why!
Love and blessings,
Photograph by Nick Holt. 
02 July 2012