To try it is to love it! 

Welcome to the Nordic Walking website for the West Island of Montreal.
We hope that after your visit to this site, you will be convinced to try this wonderful outdoor sport, that can help you fully enjoy all four seasons.

If you would like to give nordic walking a try, leave us your contact information by clicking on the link below and we will get in touch with you before the next introductory class.


Come walk with us !

Where


Terra Cotta Park, Pointe-Claire

See our detailed schedule on the Services page.


How

Frequently asked questions!


Nordic Walking is another dimension of walking, much more active and dynamic than traditional walking. The principle is simple: using special poles for Nordic walking, engaging the entire upper body and accentuating natural arm movements while walking, so as to propel the body forward and produce longer, faster steps. It is therefore an accelerated walk which, by using poles, mobilizes the whole body.

Nordic Walking is in fact a derivative of cross-country skiing since it reproduces the same movements, without skis. Unlike skiing, Nordic Walking is practiced throughout the year on trails, streets or sidewalks – regardless of weather conditions.

Originally, in the early 1990s, Nordic Walking was developed in Finland (hence the term Nordic) as a form of summer training for cross-country skiers. The sport has since become more popular and is now gaining millions of followers in Europe and in the past decade has been growing in popularity in Quebec.
It is aimed at all levels: beginners, those who want to get back into shape after an injury or surgery, and those who want a complete sport in order to vary their training. Depending on the intensity of the exercise, Nordic Walking is challenging on both the cardio-respiratory and muscular levels. Of course, it is also aimed at outdoor enthusiasts, who are looking to enjoy nature, whatever the ups and downs of the weather!
Because it is a inexpensive physical activity that is accessible to all, is simple to learn, is easy to do, requires little equipment and that has benefits which are often immediate. Although there are beautiful large parks in the West Island, Nordic Walking can also be practiced anywhere and offers great opportunities for outdoor outings.
  • Uses 90% of our muscle mass (about 575 muscles!) and tones the whole body – few sports are as complete!
  • Strengthens our cardiovascular
  • Improves our breathing by increasing lung capacity and increasing oxygen consumption.
  • Promotes an energy expenditure up to 50% more than traditional walking; one hour of Nordic walking is equivalent to 5 to 2 hours regular walking, all without feeling more tired.
  • Improves posture and balance by strengthening abdominal and back muscles and straightening posture.
  • Works on motor coordination (with the use of poles), mobility and agility, all of which reduces the risk of falling and injury.
  • Promotes weight maintenance or weight loss.
  • Reduces by 30 to 40% the load on joints of the lower extremities (ankles, knees, hips) because poles are being used.
  • Strengthens bones by improving bone
  • Provides continuous movement of the spine because of rotation of the torso.
  • Because it is practiced outside, enables better oxygenation and helps us meet our vitamin D needs.
  • Improves mood and sleep by promoting secretion of endorphins and serotonin.
  • Increases energy and vitality.
  • Favors socialization and increases motivation and self-esteem because of training with a group.
  • Soothes the mind since it is practiced in a natural environment.