Nordic Walking: A Full-body Workout Using Walking Poles
As a result of changing lifestyles and heightened health consciousness in recent years, sports that are easy to pick up have attracted greater attention. Lack of exercise is said to increase people’s risk of developing lifestyle diseases and also to lead to reduced physical fitness and everyday functionality (e.g. declining physical capacity of bones and muscles, etc.).
Mizuno has been holding Nordic Walking classes, a fun and easy walking program that anyone, including seniors, can take part in with peace of mind.
Nordic walking is a form of walking-based exercise done using walking poles. It offers a full-body workout that provides greater health benefits than regular walking. The use of poles is also beneficial, because it partially supports the weight of your body, which reduces the burden on your legs and hips and makes it easier to maintain your balance and harder to fall over.
This program is being held at Mizuno’s company stores and sports facilities across Japan and will offer participants the chance to experience Nordic walking, with official instructors from the Japan Nordic Walk League, as well as Mizuno staff who have completed the courses provided by the aforementioned instructors, providing guidance, including how to use the poles and proper walking technique.
From 2013 to 2020, we have held 240 classes, with a total of around 5,500 people taking part. We will continue to hold this program and contribute to improving people’s quality of life.