Mental Nordic Walking

Preliminary note:

Our knowledge based society places more and more demands on everyone. According to a study, mental fitness, emotional wellness, physical health, (in this order) are on the wish list of the most adults.

Mental Nordic Walking (MNW) is a new conception.

Mental Nordic Walking (Mental NW): A physically and mentally very efficient program to increase mental fitness and maintain a high level of mental performance.

It  is the possibility of a novel combination of physical and mental fitness. Nordic walking is here combined with effective exercises of Mental Activation Training. ( MAT )


NW is an extremely efficient exercise  for training the whole body.


With the Mental Activation Training (MAT)  a highly efficient method has been developed as  a quick mental improved performance and maintenance of high mental state of performance.

The brain is trained in the body movement, thereby  it has an improved blood circulation and  in this case it can work exceptionally effective

This program, which has been scientifically proven, was developed in Germany by  Nordic Walking mastertrainers  of  GNFA (German Fitness Association), and Mental Activation Trainers of GfG  (Gesellschaft für Gehirntraining – Society for brain training) and whose president Dr. Lehrl.

It is a masterplan of physical and mental fitness

Special exercises increase (train) the  working memory (wm), short term memory,(wtm), speed of information processing (IVG ) and memory span(MS).  

Target is besides physical health  mental well being (mental fitness; – they have to be complementary .

Mental Nordic Walking is great fun and suitable for all ages.

 General marks

The effectiveness of these exercises was certified by Dr. Lehrl, the CEO of GfG.

Recommended are 2-3 mental exercises per Nordic Walking training.

If you still learn the Nordic Walking technique, it should be reduced to one (1) mental exercise. A mental exercise should take not longer than 5-10 minutes.


There should be a basic level in the Nordic Walking technique before trying to start mental exercises. These require a large part of the concentration, so you should already be able to do  the Nordic Walking technique fairly. Mental exercises should take place in a less demanding area, i.e. flat, wide paths.

 Single exercise (SE):

This exercise can be done when walking alone. However when walking in a group they also can be done as partner exercises.

Partner exercise (PE):

The communication is an additional stimulus that creates more fun while training.

Some examples (SE, PE)

Exercise of the working memory and concentration.

Your Partner says a word, which subsequently will be spelled backwards from both Nordic Walkers. Take turns in finding words which become gradually longer. 

Example (PE,SE)

Exercise of the working memory, memory and concentration

Count backwards from 100 in intervals of 7, alternating with your partner and then back to 100, this time in intervals of 8, also taking turns.