Step Forth offer Nordic walking courses all year round. After training walkers can
join one of our volunteer led groups and discover all the wonderful paths in the
Why Nordic walking?
18 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!
- Introduce Nordic walking to everyone in the Falkirk district area.
- Promote the up and coming Helix site.
- Make people aware of all core and Helix pathways.
- Set up volunteer led Nordic walking groups.
Since introducing Nordic walking to the Falkirk area in 2012 nearly 300 people have learned to Nordic walk. Walkers can choose to come along to any or all of the 4 walks that we do every week.
The Falkirk Nordic walking group walks all year round using fantastic core and Helix pathways. From Denny to Bo'ness and Airth to the Braes, walkers are discovering new places to walk.
Step Forth Walking Development Officer