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Have a go at Nordic walking

It's the new fitness craze that's been sweeping the country, so if you haven't caught on yet then the upcoming Easter weekend could be the perfect time to head outdoors and have a go at Nordic walking.

The difference between Nordic walking and trekking or rambling is that it uses poles which are planted behind you to propel you along. This means that the exercise engages the upper body and makes you feel lighter on your feet, making it a great way to tone up, lose weight and improve your overall health.

The use of the poles also takes the pressure off the knees and joints so it is great for back, neck or joint problems, and you'll find that you will get a lot out of the exercise even if you just go for a short walk.

Fans of the sport point out that you can burn 20 to 40 per cent extra calories by using the poles and that the exercise makes you use 90 per cent of your major muscles so your upper body gets toned as well as your legs and bum.

At the same time, Nordic Walking is a great excuse to get outdoors and make the most of the improved weather as spring slowly begins to roll around.

What's more, since you only need a good pair of shoes, some poles and a waterproof jacket (in case it rains) to get started, this is a sport that almost anyone can get involved in no matter what their budget.

However, in order to get the most out of the exercise, it is essential that you learn the correct technique from a qualified Nordic Walking UK Instructor, so if you are keen to have a go it's best to join a class to get you on the right track.

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