I am a qualified personal trainer as well as a Nordic walking instructor. It means I can use my extensive fitness knowledge to help you target your specific health and fitness needs alongside developing your Nordic walking technique. My legal background (before having children I worked in one of the large London law firms) has given me an insatiable desire to analyse and understand how the Nordic walking technique works. So wherever you're at in your fitness journey, I like to think I will be able to make a difference - and make it fun too!
My personal journey to Nordic walking started as a result of a health scare in my late thirties. I had a post viral arthritic assault on all my joints. In the short term I was barely able to walk. The long term consequence is that I can no longer run (at least not without my poles). At the time it felt like a bereavement. I loved being in the great outdoors and running was the perfect way to keep in shape, walk the dog and have some 'me' time. Nordic walking has been a magical gateway. Through it I have returned to near full and fighting fitness (I still get the occasional arthritic flare-up) and it enables me to stay trim and still enjoy my food - and walk the dog of course! The biggest revelation though has been in my understanding of and relationship with my own body. I now understand how I can improve my circulation, back health, posture, core strength and stress levels - all through Nordic walking. It is this understanding that I want to pass on to others.
As you can tell from the above, I love both the holistic and fitness aspects of Nordic walking. I am in the process of developing a mindfulness Nordic walking programme and also hold the fastest female half marathon time (2 hours 34 mins) in the British Nordic Walking national race challenge series. I have developed our personalised fitness programme, Body Boost, which will help you tone up, lose weight and generally kick start a return to fitness campaign. I have also produced our very own Nordic walking magazine, Nordic Walking World and contributed numerous articles on Nordic walking to various journals as well as speaking about Nordic walking at events and in the media. Physical activity in the workplace is becoming an increasingly important issue and I am keen to show how simple walking techniques, based on Nordic walking, can make an enormous difference to people's health and stress levels.
Notwithstanding the above, possibly the thing I am proudest of is establishing Nordic walking at Penny Brohn UK's national cancer centre. This has been running since 2011 and has changed many, many people's lives.
Nordic walking is so simple in its concept but it can transform the way in which we walk and hold ourselves. It is also a brilliant way to explore our beautiful countryside and meet new people. The best thing though is that I've found something that will keep me fit and active for the rest of my life.