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Nordic walking: New healthy trend among Belarusians

Sport, frankly, is not very good for health. Professional sport. Other thing is sports lifestyle. And even in a sports way of life, not everyone is recommended running and especially weightlifting. Scientists have found that the most useful and accessible kind of activity is walking. Our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk and the characters of our next story prove this.

Inessa Zgirovskaya:
My name is Inessa Zgirovskaya, 67, but the biological age is 47.

Albina Samoilenko:
Albina Samoilenko. 80. It helps me to be slimmer. The most important thing in life is movement.

Judging by these ladies, life is movement, but movement means youth.  

One of them, armed with sticks, has been into Nordic walking for three years, the other only 6 months, but the result is evident. Nordic walking in Belarus is a young phenomenon. Belarusians found out about it a couple of years ago.

Igor Kolchenko, organizer of half-marathons:
It started when I came home from work, so tormented, and thought I need a splash of energy. I went to the track and started running.

First thoughts were to get rid of stress and then more. Today, marathon is a way of life for Igor Kolchenko. He organizes marathons and takes part in them. Twice at the Minsk half-marathon, he covered a distance of 21 kilometers. His teacher is professional runner and Rio participant Olga Mazurenok.

Igor Kolchenko, organizer of half-marathons:
I buy sports uniforms more often than jackets to work. I would like some kind of interest. I bought this watch not for time but in order to monitor pulse when I'm running.

Minsk authorities have calculated that it takes about 33 minutes on average to get from home to school / work. Most use public transport, about 20% get to work on a personal car. And only three per cent on foot.

Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
I love to walk. I love walking in the forest, along the river. I ride a bike. With respect to nature it is also very important and necessary.

Moreover, minister Kovkhuto admits that for him walks is not only a stroll and a healthy way to relax but also an opportunity to observe violations of environmental laws.

Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
Unauthorized dumps, you cannot always see them at a high speed. Therefore it is very important to walk and see what is going on around you.

Igor Kolchenko, organizer of half-marathons:
I turn on the watch and it tracks my heartbeat, my heart rate. Sometimes pulse goes wild so I slow down. Generally you need to do this for joy.

"Smart bracelets" or "smart watch" appeared in the world a few years ago, but are already appreciated by many. 

They were even dubbed "smart weaknesses of the powerful." Why? Last year Barack Obama was photographed with this gadget. Angela Merkel also has one.

Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
There are appropriate programs on the phone which allow you to record the number of meters traveled. I know that somewhere around 10,000 steps is recommended. I am trying to reach this figure myself.

Nordic walking: New healthy trend among Belarusians