Step Forth is the most popular provider of Nordic Walking in the Falkirk area! We provide training courses, weekly walks and a great workout! After initial training, walkers can join one of our volunteer led groups and discover all the wonderful paths in the area.
Why Nordic walking?
20 years ago Finland was like Scotland. They had serious health problems; people led sedentary lives, were obese and had mental health issues.
In 1997 the Finnish Sports Institute, pole manufacturer Exel, and the Finnish Central Association for Recreational Sports launched the Nordic walking concept. Nordic walking is a 90% body workout, doesn't need expensive equipment, gets people out in the fresh air, and nearly everyone can do it. Finland is now one of the healthiest nations in the world.
What is Nordic walking?
Nordic walking is a full-body exercise that's easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It uses specialised poles that help to propel the walker along, this means the walker, walks faster, the body works harder, while the support given by the poles makes it easier.
Some other benefits are:
- Strengthens back and abdominal muscles
- Tones the upper and lower body
- Improves posture
- Burns up to 40% more calories than ordinary walking
- Is a low impact exercise which reduces pressure on joints
- Increases Cardiovascular fitness (heart and lungs)
- Feels easier than ordinary walking and a lot faster
- Great stress buster
- It's fun!
Step Forth Walking Development Officer