NORDIC WALKING

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WHAT IS NORDIC WALKING?

Picture a brilliant blue sky over a vast field of fresh, fluffy snow. The air is crisp and cold, and you’re suited up on skis, ready to propel yourself across the expanse of white for a day of cross-country skiing.

Now imagine that you’re in Ireland with no snow, mimicking the motion of cross-country skiing by using poles to push yourself as you walk along a trail or pavement. That’s called Nordic walking. It was originally designed as a summer training routine for cross-country skiers.  It’s based on using specially designed walking poles in a way that harnesses the power of the upper body to propel you forward as you walk. It is now a recognised way to turn a walk into whole-body exercise. It can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running.  More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round with an overall goal of achieving general physical and mental well being

THE BENEFITS

Like other forms of moderate activity, regular Nordic walking can lower your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. Additionally, it can also be used as part of an exercise programme to assist with weight loss.

Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to cross country skiing.  The result is a full body workout, which means that, you:

  • release tension in the neck and shoulders
  • improve your posture and gait
  • strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
  • reduce the  impact on the joints
  • burns more calories compared to walking without poles
  • And because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer
 

Nordic walking combines cardiovascular exercise with a vigorous muscle workout for your shoulders, arms, core, and legs. “When you walk without poles, you activate muscles below the waist. When you add Nordic poles, you activate all of the muscles of the upper body as well. You’re engaging 80% to 90% of your muscles, as opposed to 50%, providing a substantial calorie-burning benefit.

Lots of evidence confirms that Nordic walking burns more calories than regular walking-estimates range from an increase of 18% to 67% more.

Nordic walking is also associated with reductions in  depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and waist circumference, and increases in endurance, muscle strength and flexibility, walking distance, cardiovascular fitness, and quality of life.

Another benefit is increased stability when you use poles, because you have more ground contact points and you’re not relying on two feet alone.

Plus, Nordic walking is fun and can be a great social activity.

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WALKS

SOCIAL WALKS

Duration: 1-1.5  Hour

Description:

You must attend both Nordic Poles 1 & Nordic Poles 2  or equivalent before attending these walks.

These walks start from our base in Dysert O’Dea and will be along quiet country roads and trails.  They are suitable for all fitness levels. You will be walking at a slower pace (we will walk at the pace of the slowest walker)

Cost: €7  with own poles

          €10 poles provided

Nordic fit WALKS

Duration: 1 Hour

Description:

You must attend both Nordic Poles 1 & Nordic Poles 2 or equivalent before attending these walks.

These walks start from our base in Dysert O’Dea and will be along quiet country roads and trails. These walks are suitable for people with good fitness levels (able to walk 5K in under 1 hour).You will be walking at a pace that increases your heart rate.

The emphasis is on improving fitness and you will be walking continuously at a faster pace or up hills.

Cost: €7 with own poles

           €10 poles provided

WEEKEND SHORT walks

Duration: 1 – 1.5 Hours

Description:

You must attend both Nordic Poles 1 & Nordic Poles 2  or equivalent before attending these walks.

The walks will all start from our base at Burkedale House  in Dysert O’Dea and will last for up to 1.5 hours. These walks are suitable for all levels of fitness but are particularly suitable for people who are trying to improve their fitness  to be able to walk for longer at a faster pace. 

People who walk at a faster pace are welcome to join these walks but must be aware that we will walk at the pace of the slowest walker. 

They will be gentle walks where the emphasis will be on embracing the countryside and enjoying the beauty of the nature surrounding us. Stopping to enjoy the views and learn about the history of this spectacular archaeologically rich area.

Tea and cakes will be available after the walks in the garden of Burkedale House

The groups will be small and social distancing will be  observed at all times 

Cost: €7 with own poles

          €10 poles provided

WEEKEND LONG WALKS

Duration:  1.5 – 2 hours 

Description:

You must attend both Nordic Poles 1 & Nordic Poles 2  or equivalent before attending these walks.

The walks will all start from our base at Burkedale House  in Dysert O’Dea and will last for up to 2 hours. These walks are suitable for people with a reasonable level of  fitness (be able to consistently walk at 4K/hr)

The emphasis of the walks will be on embracing the countryside and enjoying the beauty of the nature surrounding us. Stopping to enjoy the views and learn about the history of this spectacular archaeologically rich area.

Tea and cakes will be available after the walks in the garden of Burkedale House

The groups will be small and social distancing will be  observed at all times 

Cost: €7 with own poles

          €10 poles provided

BURREN TRAIL WALKS

Duration:  1.5 – 4 hours 

Description:

You must attend both Nordic Poles 1 & Nordic Poles 2 or equivalent before attending these walks.

Our Burren Trail Walks take us to the spectacular landscapes of the Burren limestone pavements. The walks vary in level of difficulty. See below for dates and details of walks.

We will meet for all of these walks at the Centra Store car park in Corofin unless alternative arrangements have been made with us.

The car boot cafe will be open after the walks and is included in the price of the walks

Next Walk: Saturday July 4th Mullaghmore – Level of Difficulty – Challenging (Good level of fitness required)

Cost: €10 with own poles

           €13 poles provided

EXPERIENCES & CHALLENGES

EXPERIENCEs

 

Duration:  2 hours – Full Weekends

Description:

We offer a number of different Nordic Walking Experiences from taster sessions  through to whole weekends of Nordic Walking.

Whichever you choose you will get to enjoy the fabulous  County Clare countryside  and relax in the tranquil surroundings of our base at Burkedale House                            

Poles provided

Cost  From €35 pp                                      

Camino Challenge

 

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Are you planning on walking the Camino in 2020?

Walking with Nordic Poles will help to reduce load on your knees by up to 30%

Help to propel you forward allowing you to walk longer with less perceived effort

Give you a whole body workout as you walk.

The Package includes:

  • A pair of LEKI Spin Nordic Poles (additional cost for different poles)
  • Full instruction on how to use the poles efficiently (Nordic Poles 1 & Nordic Poles 2 courses)
  • 12 week multi-day walk training programme
  • 2 Fitness Walks
  • Nordic Fitness Ireland T Shirt
(Other classes and walks can be attended at additional cost)
 

If you would like to walk the Camino but not sure where to start we would be happy to put you in touch with our trusted partners Camino Groups to help you plan your trip


COURSES

Nordic Poles 1

COURSE CONTENT IS INCLUDED IN OUR HALF & ONE DAY EXPERIENCES

Duration: 1.5 hours

Description:                                         This is our introductory level course in how to walk with Nordic Poles and forms the foundation for all our other courses. It is suitable for all levels of fitness and must be completed by everyone who joins us. 

You will be introduced to the benefits of Nordic Walking and look at the difference between hiking and Nordic poles. We will demonstrate the increased benefits of Nordic poles.

You will start to learn the technique of using your poles to propel you forward as you walk while taking load of your legs.

Following completion of this course our instructors will advise you of the best pathway to continue your Nordic Fitness journey. 

Whether you want to join our social or fitness walks, improve your fitness through our Nordic Fit Classes or prepare for an extreme event we have a pathway to suit you. 

Poles provided

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AS A STAND ALONE COURSE

Nordic Poles 2

COURSE CONTENT IS INCLUDED IN OUR HALF & ONE DAY EXPERIENCES

Duration: 1.5 hours

Description:

You must have attended Nordic Poles 1 or a similar level Nordic Walking course to attend this course. It is suitable for people who can comfortably walk 5K

Building on from Nordic Poles 1, Nordic Poles 2 will introduce you to hills as well as well as continuing to work on technique and increasing speed using your Norrdic Poles.

Following the course you will be ready to join us on our fitness walks, Nordic Fit Classes or why not sign up to one of our Nordic Challenges.

Poles provided

Cost 

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AS A STAND ALONE COURSE

 

Call us: 00353 (0)876936903

Call us: 00353 (0)876936903

Call us: 00353 (0)876936903