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Catriona1007 Posted 1 year ago
Has anyone got experience with Nordic Walking?

Hi everyone, hope you’re keeping safe and well. I had knee surgery three weeks ago and am just getting back to walking ( i have three dogs, ’nuff said) I heard Nordic Walking is good for the joints and was wondering if anyone had any experience/ advice? I am based in the North of Scotland and cant find an instructor. Is this something you can learn form YouTube? I feel i need to be careful as my knee is still very stiff and fragile after surgery. Thank you! 🙂

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    • Marica 19th February 2021 at 3:26 pm

      I see a lot of walkers in my area (London Borders) in the local parks and have heard the same , that it can be good for you but I feel you do need to be a good walker . having said that , the poles certainly give you more support . I am surprised that you cannot find a group in your area . I would not recommend using pure instruction only from You Tube but it is a good introduction into what to expect

      • Catriona1007 23rd February 2021 at 12:49 pm

        Thank you Marcia, yes im quite remote so thats probably why. Have located someone in Inverness but of course cant go there just now just for exercise.

    • Andy Paddles 19th February 2021 at 4:00 pm
      • Catriona1007 23rd February 2021 at 12:50 pm

        Hi Andy, yes had a look at the website. Great company but sadly nothing near me.

        • Andy Paddles 23rd February 2021 at 1:31 pm

          Catriona that is a shame – it does seem there are a few NWs in the Rest Less group – maybe someone could give you a few hints and tips to get you started.

          I’m sure everybody’s favourite on line retailer would sell you a couple of poles for a reasonable price.

          Good luck.

    • Deleted User 20th February 2021 at 9:19 am

      Hi there – I’m a Nordic Walker and was trained in London several years ago. I’m also waiting for knee replacement surgery but it’s been cancelled 3 times this year due to nurses being needed for Covid 19 patients.
      Congratulations on having your surgery. However, as a Nordic Walker instructor I would say quite strongly it’s not the exercise to take when recovering from knee surgery. Walking is good as the hospital would have told you, but you need to take it easy and do the exercise also to get the knee bending again. It’s a long recovery so good luck.

    • Mazz21 21st February 2021 at 1:01 pm

      I do Nordik walking down here in Dorset and I love it! I would definitely recommend joining a group once everything opens up again so that you can get the technique right.
      Also you get to meet some amazing people. And you get to go on walks to places you didn’t know existed.
      It’s a great exercise and my Fitbit shows my energy levels as high level – but it doesn’t really feel that it is. That’s not down to my Fitbit being wrong, just that the poles allow you to up the ante.
      Hopefully once things open up again there might be some taster sessions available

    • Alliej 21st February 2021 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Catriona I am in the Highlands and recently took up walking with poles in order to improve my gait after hip and foot surgery. However, I didn’t start until almost a year after surgery and after advice from physio. Like others have said, it is most definitely a benefit in enabling me to walk further and with better posture.
      I found the young lady in Tisos, Inverness both knowledgeable and helpful when purchasing poles.
      Incidentally, I started using mine (with caps on) around the house prior to venturing further afield.
      Hope you make a good recovery, Alliej

      • Catriona1007 23rd February 2021 at 12:53 pm

        Hi AllieJ, thats fabulous, thank you. Yes, i think i need to recover more before i begin but by that time hopefully we will have opened up a bit. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Jodorset 22nd February 2021 at 11:32 pm

      Hi. I have just picked up my poles again since New Year after not using them for about 4 years. It’s a great work out for you upper and lower body and you also have the poles for support. There are also Nordic Walking groups around the country or you could start your own. Nordic Walking UK have a lot of info on their site and you can buy your poles etc from them. As everything also seems to be on YouTube I am sure you will find some videos on there. Good luck.

    • Mand53 23rd February 2021 at 7:03 am

      Hello Catriona, I am interested in taking up nordic walking, I think this may help with my mobility which was effected by a stroke.

      • Catriona1007 23rd February 2021 at 12:57 pm

        From what i have read and seen so far i think youre right! its one of those activities you can do at a pace to suit you. Someone on here advised seeking help and advice form a physio before heading out which i will definitely do. I think i need a couple more months normal walking before i begin. Good luck! 🙂

    • Nattie 24th February 2021 at 8:42 am

      I do Nordic Walking, I injured myself skiing and then had surgery, once I’d finished physio I took it up. You definitely need instruction face to face; if you don’t get the technique right you won’t get the greatest benefits, but you also need to avoid causing other issues through not doing it correctly. It’s worth travelling for instruction and then you can do it by yourself & use YouTube to check you’re still getting it right. I only needed one session to learn the technique. It exercises all of your body but as has been said, it’s great if you’ve got knee problems because it helps support you, especially up & down hills. You can choose the intensity and set your own pace. I’ve got an Apple Watch that (somehow) checks my gait and when I use my poles my weight is even between left & right which has to be a good thing. A great way to exercise and I recommend it to all my friends.

      • Catriona1007 3rd March 2021 at 9:27 am

        Hi Nattie, I live quite close to the cairngorms national park so someone suggested i ask in that area for an instructor after lockdown. Really loving the improvement in my knee so far, and no pain! Win Win. 🙂

    • sirober 24th February 2021 at 9:02 am

      Hey, Nodic walking is very good for the upper body strength and, they are specific poles. I would suggest getting some ordinary trekking Poles with, “Antishock” these will help you with leg strength and general walking. Also when buying them make sure to get 2 and a good make is “Leki” which you will get from any good Outdoor retailer. A small tip if you end up buying to make sure you are using them correctly… when you adjust them make sure that your arms are at right angles to your body and then just adjust to different Terrain if you are not on a flat walk. Hope this helps. Simon. Exeter.

      • Catriona1007 3rd March 2021 at 9:25 am

        Thank you Simon, yes definitely. I got my poles about a week ago and as you say i bought Leki. Really surprised at the amount of work my muscles are doing! Definitely continuing with this. 🙂

    • Haras246 24th February 2021 at 3:04 pm

      I have been doing Nordic Walking for some years in central London with a group.
      Also found a group in Italy via U3A. During lockdown it has come to a halt however easy to do.
      It’s great to hve a buddy to chat to, utube is good idea
      for technique, make sure you cool down after. It’s really low impact if you are on flat land.
      Go fot it..

    • AccordionRichard 25th February 2021 at 12:41 pm

      I took up Nordic walking about 2 years ago as I have had back problems on and off over the years. A back care specialist suggested I try it as you walk VERY differently with two poles. Something to do with the body being bolt upright and the hips exercising differently. I can only report that Nordic Walking has had a VERY VERY positive impact on my back. I learned how to do it just off YouTube from a Canadian firm. There really isn’t very much to it. I realise the purists might say otherwise. As for knee problems, don’t really know. I can only speak from having a sore knee from dropping an outboard motor on it, then going skiing and deciding to wear a substantial wrap around neoprene covering. Downside, knee got really, really hot when skiing/exercising. Upside, problems resolved themselves over about two years. I added a similar covering to the other knee when skiing – I LOVE having hot knees in the cold! Good luck.

      • Catriona1007 1st March 2021 at 9:46 am

        Thank you! This made me feel very positive. I must admit i DO feel the difference whn i use the poles. It certainly takes the pressure off my knees. 🙂

    • Colin in Kent 1st March 2021 at 3:59 pm

      Reading the replies here, I have to say this sound really interesting. Over the last year – no doubt because of lockdown – I’ve started having problems with my knees, and I also have longstanding lower back pain from too much heavy lifting when I worked in shops. I’m definitely going to investigate this, thanks for highlighting it.

    • Catriona1007 3rd March 2021 at 9:22 am

      Hi Colin, someone on here very kindly pointed me in the direction of Sally Wilkinson who has been instructing on Nordic Walking for ten years. I signed up for her course on Nordic Walking as it covers all the H&S issues, technique, poles, positioning and even what to wear! 🙂 I’m learning a lot but will definitely seek the help of someone in person once the country opens up. I really feel i have found my tribe so to speak! 🙂