2. ALTERNATING TECHNIQUE AND DEVELOPING COORDINATION
In order to perfect Nordic Walking technique, correct use of walking poles is important. A series of exercises with the poles will turn them into a useful traveling partner that helps propel your stride. Continued coordination using the parallel momentum technique allows for wide range of motion and makes opening and closing hands easier with walking poles.
3. ELEMENTS OF POSTURE
Nordic Walking, with the correct technique and upright posture, relieves tension on the backbone. The appropriate use of walking poles and coordination of the arms and legs contributes to restoring the nutrients in spinal discs. This in turn increases the hydration and effectiveness of nutrients, progressively eliminating the aches and pains caused by poor posture during everyday activities.
Correct breathing is important both for exerting energy and for physical performance. Breathing and acclimation exercises will significantly improve both Nordic Walking movement and overall physical health.
In this phase, we’ll cover all the variants of alternating technique, from ascents over varying slopes to descending while correctly using walking poles.
In the advanced technique course you will also learn the series of exercises using walking poles. These include stretching, power, balance, skills and games.
Nordic Walking, in its most sporting application, is used in running, jumping and other variants.
Antonio Bernardi Istruttore della SINW
Nordic Walking is simply a natural walking cadence coupled with the functional use of poles to add an extra level of benefits.
Walking poles enable a more thorough cardiovascular exercise as a greater number of muscles are involved, burning more calories.
Nevertheless, in order to obtain the maximum benefit and efficiency in movement, technique is fundamental.
Alternating steps (variation of movements in shoulders and legs on opposite sides) when done correctly creates a mental rhythm that causes great physical and emotional benefits.
The Italian Nordic Walking Institute (SINW) has developed a series of five didactic learning phases to ensure students understand correct technique.
PHASE 1. RELAXATION AND RECUPERATION FROM A NORMAL WALK
The importance of being relaxed and being able to recuperate from a normal walk is key to developing correct form in Nordic Walking.
Alternating movement of arms and legs;
Ample range of motion in arms and legs:
Shoulders relaxed, and a fluid movement of the arms:
Cadence of feet.