It is the most efficient complementary activity with respect to the quality/time ratio, and can have “homework done” in an hour. If we want to lose weight, it is ideal, since due to its intensity it accelerates the metabolism and we burn more fat in less time compared to cycling.
If we want, we can also incorporate changes of pace and slopes or stairs to increase our intensity and endurance on the climbs.
Used for many years by cyclists in pre-season winter gatherings, it has the advantage that it is practiced at altitude, with its positive physiological repercussions, and that this environment allows us to maintain contact with nature and the high-altitude landscape mountain And by pushing yourself and holding back most of the time, it requires a high consumption of oxygen, which makes the lungs and heart work at full capacity and improves our aerobic capacity.
You can burn 3,000 calories in 2 and a half hours and significantly strengthen both the upper body and the legs. Inconvenience? That we depend on the climatology and the snowfalls that we receive in our environment.
Popularized especially in recent years, from the Nordic countries, where it was used as pre-season training for cross-country skiing, Nordic walking improves aerobic capacity, maximum oxygen consumption and both physical and psychological endurance. Includes upper body and spine work.
But be careful, you have to walk in the most functional way possible. The foot that plants the ground in opposition to the club arm and propels the club. The correct place of support is between the two feet. Once the stick is stuck, the hand lets go of the grip when it passes more or less at hip level, to grab it again, and thus avoid overloading the hands and forearms.
A classic that always works. Hydrostatic pressure has several positive physiological effects. We increase the work of breathing, diuresis is stimulated and with it the elimination of waste, it facilitates return circulation by pressing on the superficial blood vessels, it decreases fluid retention, it improves cardiac output and, at the level of well-being, it has an effect analgesic and relaxing.
On a muscular level, we strengthen the back and upper body, and it helps us to re-educate the posture we maintain on the bike. Therefore, we can consider it a very complete resource, in addition to being very accessible and economical in terms of material.
Affordable for any physical form, in contact with nature and with little risk of injury. Walking in the mountains will also boost our cardiovascular health, reduce bad cholesterol, increase bone density just like running, help us control weight, reduce stress levels and improve sleep quality.
On the muscular level, we mainly tone glutes, hamstrings and hamstrings on the way up, and quadriceps and soles on the way down. In addition, depending on the route, we will also accumulate meters of unevenness, something very interesting for when we get back on the bike.