It's not walking or jogging but rather cross-country without skis and snow. Nordic Walking originated in Finland and Americans know it under the name 'excerstriding'. The nice thing about Nordic Walking is that it requires little more effort than just walking at a brisk pace. With Nordic Walking, the body burns 400 calories per hour compared to 280 calories for regular sports walking. Scientists have calculated that the pulse rate is over 10% faster with Nordic Walking than regular walking and it is an all-round activity for both young and old. It is not aggressive and has a tremendous effect on neck, shoulders and upper back. The constant movement of the arms improves blood circulation and strengthens muscles. Walking with poles is also less taxing on the knees so you can enjoy Nordic Walking in your old age!