Will Nordic Walking Keep Me Young

It comes on slowly. We have hot flashes, forget why we went upstairs and find going to bed at 10pm rather exciting.

‘Hold on a minute’ we hear you cry. ‘Does that mean I’m getting old?’

Yes, but it beats the alternative.

Although we may be changing from a ‘sports’ into a ‘classic’, there is good news! When changes start to happen in our bodies, exercise can go a long way to help to keep our bodies young and our minds sharp.In this blog, we’ll explore why exercise is so important for youth and vitality, and why Nordic walking is one of the best exercises you can do to keep you feeling like a spring chicken.

How it works

There are a number of reasons why staying active can help to slow down the aging process:

As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass and strength. However, regular exercise, particularly resistance training, can help to maintain and even increase muscle mass and strength, making us feel and look younger.Our joints may become stiff and our range of motion may decrease. Exercise can help to improve flexibility and mobility, making it easier to move around and stay active.

Weight-bearing exercises, such as Nordic walking, can help to improve bone density and reduce the risk of fractures.Regular exercise can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It can also help to improve overall cardiovascular health.

Exercise has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also help to improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia.Chronic inflammation is thought to play a role in many age-related diseases, such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise can help to reduce inflammation in the body, potentially slowing down the aging process.

Why Nordic Walking Is One Of The Best Exercises You Can Do

Let’s take a look at why Nordic walking is a such a powerful exercise and why it’ll help you keep up with the whippersnappers.

  1. Full-body workout: Unlike regular walking, which mainly works the lower body, Nordic walking engages the upper body as well. This makes it an effective full body workout that improves your overall strength and cardiovascular fitness.
  2. It’s Prozac, without the Prozac: The great outdoors is a powerful anti-depressant and there is research galore on the mental and emotional benefits of exercising outside.
  3. Improves balance and bone health: As mentioned earlier, weight-bearing exercises such as Nordic walking can help to improve bone density, improve balance and reduce the risk of fractures
  4. It’s motivating: Nordic walking is a great way to meet new people and socialise while getting exercise at the same time.
  5. It’s safe: Nordic walking is a low-impact exercise, which means it’s easier on the joints than other forms of exercise.
  6. Helps with weight management: Being overweight can have a number of negative effects on the body that can accelerate the aging process. Exercise can be an effective tool for weight loss when combined with a healthy diet

If you’ve reached the age where your train of thought often leaves the station without you, that’s ok. Start a regular exercise regime that you enjoy and you’ll look and feel rejuvenated.

The Bristol and Bath Nordic Walking Team.