As “natural” walk, we intend just this: something that we mainly lost and, therefore, could initially sound as unfamiliar, may be, un-natural. A process that substantially consists in the recovery of the coordination of all parts of our body, and of their correct contribution to the act of walking.
– The poles. Here, there is another small revolution. We often consider the poles as help and support for walking impairments. Or, at best, as a support for hiking in the mountains, in which case what we often see is an inappropriate use of poles. In Nordic walking, we do not lean on the poles, but actively use them to push us forward; but we speak about this again in the next paragraph. I’d like to stress that, in Nordic walking, the use of the poles is also strictly finalised for the purpose we mentioned, that is, to learn again to walk in a certain way. The two things go together: if we do not succeed to walk “well”, we cannot properly use the poles; and, if we fail to use the poles well, we will not be able to properly walk. This is a kind of loop that cannot be broken, no matter: all or nothing.
– The push of the poles. We can often see people using poles just for fun (so not the ones using crutches for need), carrying poles ahead of them, just like a probe to explore the ground. So, it can happen that they look at us in a strange way, when they see us using our Nordic walking poles to push us from the back. And here is the fun. Pushing, means to apply a force; we use the poles with our arms, so we apply the force with the muscles of the upper part of our body, the ones normally not involved in walking. With Nordic walking, we use these muscles, as well: but, we need to learn how to use them properly.