Nordic Walking Lessons – Cape Breton Nordic

by Cross Country Nova Scotia Staff, October 5, 2020

Beginner or athlete, Nordic Walking is an excellent way to get whole-body engagement, while enjoying a leisurely walk.

Cape Breton Nordic in partnership with Cape Breton Regional Municipality Recreation, are offering lessons to demonstrate the best techniques for Nordic Walking. It is a great way to start activating the muscles used in skiing, snowshoeing, and to catch up with neighbours!

Dates: Confirm current dates by checking, CCNS Event Calendar

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Various, Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Free: Complimentary lesson

Equipment: Poles provided by Cape Breton Nordic (no fee)

Register: CBRM Recreation Eventbrite

Poles will be available at no cost to participants, as provided to Cape Breton Nordic, by Urban Poling.

Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of nordic walking, viewing instructional videos, or perhaps enrolling in an online instructor course? Urban Poling is a Canadian company and leader in promoting the sport of nordic walking. Urban Poling has stocked their website with resources to get you started in nordic walking and keep you improving, visit

2020 nordic walking lessons, by Cape Breton Nordic.

Reasons to Try Nordic Walking

  1. It’s enjoyable and anyone can learn – Nordic walking is a good walk with increased health benefits by adding poles, along with strategic technique. Enjoyment is key! Positive aspects to enjoy, include: exercising in the outdoors, meeting new people, discovering new trails, technique that anyone can master – regardless of athletic abilities.
  2. Mental wellbeing – Exercise helps decrease stress and anxiety. It’s even more effective when performed in the great outdoors. Nature has been proven, repeatedly, to be a powerful force in improving our overall feeling of “wellbeing”. Nordic walking will surround you in nature – even if it’s a quick jaunt to your favourite urban park. Nordic walking gives you another reason to find nature and increase your wellbeing.
  3. Supports knees and hips while promoting posture – The poles transfer weight from your knees and hips into your upper body. Would this support help you walk further? Nordic walking technique requires good posture, and contributes to reduced joint pressure. You may even find yourself sitting and walking straighter as you go about everyday living.
  4. Contributes to bone strength + muscle development – Nordic walking uses 90% of your muscles. It’s a weight-bearing activity that adds resistance by using poles. You’ll also practice balance as you coordinate all of your muscles to move along, especially if you’re walking on uneven surfaces.
  5. Engage your abdominals – Your abdominals contract with every stride, each time you push off with your poles, translating to approximately 1,000 abdominal contractions per kilometre.
  6. Effective calorie burning – Nordic walking burns up to 20 to 46 % more calories than walking. Nordic walking engages muscles such as your chest, arms, back, shoulders, legs, and core.
  7. Harmonious movement – The poles help propel you forward. You’ll experience a rhythmic nature to nordic walking… that you may find addictive. Nordic walking helps move you forward faster, increases your heart rate, and helps you to expend energy, getting more out of your exercise sessions.
  8. It’s a fun social workout – Feeling social? Nordic walking is a great reason to call up friends or family to connect outdoors. Enjoy a chat on the move, then make a stop to share your coffee or tea. As you learn the technique, you can share it with others.
  9. You choose intensity – Nordic walking can be a workout for people of all ages and athletic abilities. You select the pace and terrain.
  10. Try New Places – Nordic walking is easy to do from your home, day-trips, family holiday visits, or while on vacation. You may even plan group vacations around nordic walking. It’s your reason to map out new walks to keep your exercise sessions engaging and exploratory – nordic walking can help you get the most out of life.

Further Reading

· Health Benefits of Nordic Walking – A Systematic Review

· Urban Poling

· Mandy Johnson – Nordic Walking Instructor | Bow Valley Crag & Canyon

· Everything You Need to Know About Nordic Walking | Good Houskeeping

· Urban Poling | Pole Manufacturer + Excellent Resources on Website

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