Student Marta’s on a Nordic walking quest
FANS of a new fitness craze which involves them marching purposefully across Bolton’s picturesque countryside holding ski poles are being asked to share their experiences of Nordic walking.
Twenty years ago no one had heard of this type of walking, which started in Finland.
And University of Bolton PhD student, Marta Anna Zurawik, wants to find out the attraction of the sport.
The 30-year-old said the roots of Nordic walking go back to the 1930s but it was a Finnish ski pole manufacturer who championed the sport from 1997 as a way to market a new kind of pole and so create a sales demand in the summer.
A year later it was being promoted across Scandinavia and by 2002 Austria and Germany was demanding walking poles and Nordic walking instructors.
Marta, who is a Nordic walking instructor, discovered the walk during her undergraduate years in Poland when she took part in the Erasmus student exchange programme and travelled to MidSweden University in Sweden in 2005.
Marta is working with Nordic walking groups around the world, looking at how it is adopted in a number of countries and measuring its wellbeing impact.
She said: “I am still looking for Nordic walkers to take part in my survey so if you enjoy Nordic walking please have a look at my survey.”
Marta’s survey can be found at her research blog nordicwalking-research.blogspot.co.uk
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