Like most people I've had many friends and family who have been touched by cancer. Our participation in the Mother's Day Classic is a small way that Capital Nordic Walking can support the work of the National Breast Cancer Foundation which is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer.
Nordic Walking is unique in that it is suitable for people of all ages, fitness levels and health and fitness goals from the super fit to people with health challenges.
The treatment for cancer frequently leaves people utterly exhausted with a feeling that their energy is just so low that they lack the strength to exercise. However, exercise is key – both in helping increase energy and also to protect against future cancers.
The beauty of Nordic walking is that the poles act as support and can really help empower you to get out and be active – from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. An added benefit is that the perceived level of exertion (how hard you feel you are working) is far less than how hard you are actually working - so most people can do a lot more when Nordic Walking without feeling fatigued.
The whole-body nature of Nordic Walking improves circulation and makes it an excellent weight bearing activity for those worried about osteoporosis. Nordic Walking is ideal as it is a low-impact, total-body exercise that tones over 90% of the muscles in the body and provides excellent heart and lung fitness - much greater than regular walking.
Many people with breast cancer have the lymph nodes under the armpit partially or entirely removed during surgery. This has a knock on effect on the lymphatic system and people often end up with lymphedema. The pendulum swing in the Nordic walking technique helps drain the lymph. It also increases the blood flow to the whole shoulder and chest area, helping with healing.
Learn more about the benefits of Nordic Walking here www.capitalnordicwalking.com.au