Posted by: 4pack | January 16, 2010

“Ideal Exercise”: Nordic Walking Can Burn Calories If Done In The Snow And Mountains…Not Walking On Flat Sidewalks


Nordic Walking: the "ineffective" way....

Walking!   It is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other, anyone can do it regardless of age, level or physical ability, it melts fat away, gets you fitter and creates the same emotional high as going out for a run (without the pounding on your joints). Little wonder that walking is now the nation’s favourite fitness activity and Nordic Walking is one of the FASTEST GROWING ways to do it and for those who have taken it up seeing, feeling and noticing fantastic results! According to exercise scientists and medical experts, walking is the most ‘natural of all workouts’ as human beings are designed to walk. Biomechanically and physiologically, walking as often as you can is among the best forms of activity to improve all over fitness and health.

....and Nordic Walking the calorie-burning "effective" way.

However, there is certainly no shortage of research to show that a daily walk offers much more than a slimmer waist (but it definitely offers you that too!) Walking has been shown to prevent everything from heart disease and strokes to sleep problems and food cravings. Last month the American Association for Cancer Research found that men who walked 4 or more hours a week had a 23% lower risk of death compared with men who walked less than 20 minutes a week. Another study found that daily walking for six months had a profound effect on reducing deep abdominal fat that settles around the vital organs which adds to the risk of heart disease and some cancers.

Because walking is a weight-bearing exercise it is also essential in countering the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Bones are like muscles in the way that they get stronger and denser the more demands you place on them and when you walk it stimulates bone, muscle and tissue growth and renewal. So potent are the disease fighting benefits of daily walking that a professor in the department of epidemiology and health at Harvard University describes it as being “as close to a magic bullet as you will find in modern medicine and if there was a pill that could lower the risk of chronic disease like walking does then people would be clamouring for it”.


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