Nordic walking was originally developed in Finland as a method of summer training for top athletes. It has grown swiftly in popularity since it’s first introduction with many dedicated routes and training schools now located across Europe.
The Nordic technique is very easy to learn and uses a similar method to that of cross country skiing with different skills a varying levels of intensity. Nordic walking is also positively indicated for those with back and knee problems.
The NATURE.FITNESS.PARK® Lungau provides a selection of Nordic-walking opportunities with 10 select routes, precisely measured and marked through Mauterndorf, St Margarethen, St Michael, Unternberg and Ramingstein.
The Nordic Fitness Park in Schönfeld offers the chance to experience various Nordic disciplines at heights of 1,740m above sea level. Medical studies have shown that exercise above the 1500 meter mark has clear benefits in terms of endurance, cardiovascular conditioning, immune system and many other areas.
The town of Mariapfarr boasts the largest certified network of Nordic-walking trails with a total length of 120km and 15 clearly posted routes ranging from 3,1km to 14,5km in length.
Partner businesses throughout the Lungau offer certified training and expert consultation. It is possible to rent Nordic walking poles from area sports shops.
Running and jogging is very popular in and around St Michael with the varied terrain of valleys, forests and meadows.
There are 9 different running routes to choose from with lengths from 2km to 28km.
A free running map as well as Nordic-walking poles are available from the tourist office in St Michael.