Nordic Walking Technique
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When walking uphill the
body leans forward more than usual. The use of the arms is more powerful
while the muscles at the back of the thighs and the calf muscles are also
called upon to a greater extent. Vigorous use of the poles helps to
lengthen the stride on inclines.
Pole thrust on uphill
sections spreads the load from the legs to the upper body. Uphill walking
is excellent training for beginners as it helps learning the use of the
When walking downhill the
stride is shortened and the center of gravity held lower. The knees are kept
slightly bent the whole time and neither is the foot extended as it pushes
off from the ground. The weight is shared between the pole striking the
ground and the heel of the opposite foot. The more strain taken by the pole
the less weight is borne on the opposite leg. The feet are constantly
engaged in braking and are also slightly raised towards the back. The poles
are not brought in front of the body.
On downhill stretches the
pole thrust is slightly less powerful than when walking on level or inclining
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