Why are Nordic walking poles more than just an accessory?

Without Nordic walking poles, there is no Nordic walking. Poles are an essential part of your Nordic walking equipment. Perhaps you’re wondering what precisely they are used for? Here are 2 points that tell you everything you need to know!


Nordic walking poles help your muscles to develop effectively

As you know, Nordic walking is the source of a host of benefits. This sport is generally practised to help you to feel in better shape, as well as improve your well-being and general physical health.

Nordic walking poles are designed to help you with this: they make the upper-body muscles work more effectively. By propelling yourself forward with the help of Nordic walking poles, you make your arm, shoulder and back muscles work harder.

There are real benefits to be gained, explains Erik, who arrived at Newfeel in 2015:

"Since I’ve been doing Nordic walking, I’ve noticed all of the benefits of this sport: I don’t have back pain any more; it’s loosened me up. Poles build muscles, that’s for sure. They also help to maintain a more upright posture and give my sessions rhythm." - Erik, Nordic walker.

Working the arms like this, emphasised by using poles, also emphasises the natural swing of the arms and helps you to get a slimmer figure more quickly. You should also know that Nordic walking poles put the cardiovascular system to work more extensively.

Nordic walking poles, to get you moving without risk

The arms and chest help to maintain your body’s balance whilst you're walking. By walking with Nordic walking poles, your posture is better maintained. But that’s not all: this better balance has an impact on your joints, particularly when you are doing Nordic walking on hilly terrain.

"The advantage of walking sports is that they allow you to stay active without incurring stress, particularly to knee and hip joints. Nordic walking poles even provide further protection for these parts of the body" - Dr Patrick Bacquaert, IRBMS.

• Worth knowing: if you're a beginner, start off gently and learn how to use Nordic walking poles correctly.

So, using Nordic walking poles means protecting your joints and toning up better, provided that they are perfectly adjusted to your size!