Nordic walking, otherwise known as walking with ski poles, is a common pro-health activity, engaging up to 90% of body muscles. The secret is to skillfully push yourself from the ground with special poles and involve upper muscles with simultaneous release for ankles, knees, hips and spine.
Walking with poles is not only a great way to improve our physical condition, but also for social activity, meeting new people and group integration. It's all possible in Zakopane! Spots like Lower and Upper Rówień Krupowa, alpine trails and Ścieżka pod Reglami are perfect places to practice this activity.
Before grabbing the ski poles, one should consider the destination and the route. The length of the hike should be fitted to one’s physical condition. It’s also best to choose great sightseeing spots. Zakopane is especially attractive in this regard, offering not only Tatra Mountains, but also stunning town architecture, with many perfect routes for nordic walking.
For example, less difficult path leads to Gubałówka from Kościelisko side. Similarly easy and comfortable can be upper Zakopane regions, with enormous Wielka Krokiew Ski Jump. Mountain hike enthusiast can go to Sarnia Skałka or even the very heart of Chochołowska Valley. More experienced walkers can consider these places as departure points for higher Tatry.
Nordic walking is great both during autumn-winter and spring-summer landscapes. So to speak, every time of year is excellent for ski poles. Also, it opens mountain tops for different aesthetic qualities.