On foot with poles along Saalach River
"Nordic Walking" is an easy and efficient sport for young and old. Breathe freely for body and mind on guided hikes with poles in the mountains, on forest trails and along the Saalach. With metabolism being boosted in the process, losing weight is easy. Regular Nordic Walking is the best slimming pill you can prescribe yourself!
Here are 8 tips from us for correct "walking":
Bend your upper body slightly forwards
During Nordic Walking, your upper body is bent slightly forwards. This bending can be increased by climbing a mountain, for example. But ultimately, you should always adapt the position of your upper body to the respective terrain. But this happens automatically anyway - no need to be too concerned with this.
Keep in mind the “cross-shape”: Arms swing along
When your left leg is in front, your right arm is also in front. This is the so-called cross-shape. Conversely, of course: When your right leg is in front, your left arm also swings to the front.
Heels and poles always hit the ground simultaneously
Here again, the cross-shape applies. When your left heel is on the ground, your right pole must also touch the ground. Use your upper body to push yourself off the ground and give your body more thrust.
Deliberate rolling off of the feet
To take load off your joints, first tread with your heel and then roll off with the sole of your foot, and finally the ball of your foot. Correct walking shoes will help enormously with this.
Make sure your movements are flowing and relaxed
When Nordic walking, your movements should be as rhythmic as possible. In no case should certain muscle groups be subjected to constant stress. This is often the case for beginners, particularly in the shoulder and neck region. If you feel loose and relaxed while walking, you are likely doing everything right. If after training your neck area is tense, you have done something wrong.
Look straight ahead
You should always look straight ahead and into the distance. The reason: If you look at the ground, do not unnecessarily tense your shoulders and neck. In the long run, this will most likely lead to tension.
Arms: For forward motion at a right angle, for backward motion form a straight line
For forward motion, your upper and lower arms should form a right angle. Your hands should be closed when gripping the poles.
For backward motion, fully extend your arms and form a straight line with the poles. Your hands are open in the process. The pressure against the pole is applied using the wrist and the hand strap. And don’t worry: The hand strap prevents you from losing the poles.
Position and movement of the poles when walking
The Nordic walking poles are wielded close to the body on the one hand, and parallel to the body axis on the other hand. The poles should touch the ground diagonally and at a relatively shallow angle, so that you can push off as efficiently as possible.