The practice of Nordic Walking started in the thirties in Finland as a training method during the off season of cross-country skiing, and during the first years of the eighties became a free-time sports activity. A collaboration between the Finnish Central Association for Recreational Sports, Outdoor Activities " Suomen Latu ", Finnish Sports Institute " Vierumäki " and "Exel plc" (The company that produces the walking sticks), made Nordic Walking famous on an international field by 1997.
Nordic Walking is characterized by a correct biomechanic walk combined with some specific movements of arms and upper body like the nordic ski (classic version). Thanks to specially developed walking sticks, which give a complete training to the whole body, Nordic Walking is an enhancement of regular walking. The intensity of this training can be adjusted to the physical condition of the person: sport, fitness or comfort. Making these movements with the correct technique will improve your control of your own body, your posture, your breathing and your general well-being. Nordic Walking uses 90% of body muscles without over-stimulating your joints.
INWA, an organization created by the founders of Nordic Walking, is the only international organization allowed to promote, develop and safe-guard this discipline all over the world. There are also other organizations who represent INWA in the member countries, like ANWI in Italy.
ANWI created the Nordic Walking Instructor Register.
For more information you can check the site http://www.inwa.it.
Do not forget that you are able to practice Nordic Walking everywhere, in parks, at beaches, on the mountains, everybody choosing the trail more appropriate for their own physical condition.
Malcesine and Monte Baldo offer endless possibilities to practice Nordic Walking!
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