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Is your head sitting comfortably?

Do you drop your head when you walk – either because you’re afraid of tripping or because you’re lost in thought?  What about when you text or use a computer – where’s your head position then? 

In our club dropping your head to look at the ground when Nordic walking is common.  A natural instinct to protect against falls or a habit that has developed over the years.  Unfortunately it does nothing for your posture and nothing for your health.

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Is Nordic walking the best exercise around?

By Ros Ingleby - Instructor with Bristol Nordic Walking. 

 

For me the answer to this question is a resounding YES. I believe Nordic walking to be the best exercise you can do – hands down.

And I have never waivered from that conclusion in the 8 years I have been walking. Am I biased - possibly, but I haven’t found any other exercise that gives so many benefits to such a wide range of people.

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Ways to beat a lack of willpower

4 ways to beat a lack of willpower

How often are your best health and fitness intentions thwarted when your willpower wanes, and is there anything you can do to stop this happening? 

Antonia Macaro, a long time Bristol Nordic walker who provides coaching with a focus on health and personal development, explains her top tips for keeping motivated.

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Your daypack checklist

Are you planning a whole day hike during these fabulous long warm days?  It’s hard to beat fine weather, stunning views and good company - but it’s important to be organised.  This month’s Trail magazine has a double page spread on packing essentials for hillwalkers.  We mostly stick to the lowlands but it’s always useful to have a check list of what to take so here’s our Bristol Nordic Walking recommendations:

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New Exel Nordic walking poles arriving soon

New colours and the introduction of folding poles are in the fresh range of Exel Nordic walking poles available to buy from August.

We’ve been waiting a long time for the new range of Exel poles.  The production has been beset with delays and complications that have led to the poles being frustratingly late.  We are assured though that the wait will be worth it!  There’s more detail below about what’ll be available to buy but the key changes are:

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Government recommends Nordic walking for good muscles, bones and balance

Muscle strength, bone health and balance are as important for our overall health as aerobic activities that strengthen our heart and lungs.  So says a report published last week by Public Health England (PHE).  It is concerned that too many people are neglecting strength and balance and has issued specific advice on what we should be doing and which activities are best.  It specifically recommends Nordic walking.

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Welcome Nordic Walking Girona to a feast of South West walks, culture and food!

This week we are hosting a group of fourteen Nordic walkers from Girona, Catalonia.  We have visited them twice during the past year and now they are coming to us for a full seven days.  I am so excited that we can show visitors some of our fabulous walks and a little of our history.  Whilst the whole of the UK is a walker’s paradise, there’s real diversity around us - Bath, the Cotswolds, Wales and the Mendips all just a short drive away plus a clutch of scenic walks right from the heart of Bristol.

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Hot weather walking advice

Walking in the UK is normally a cool affair, so when the temperature rises it often takes us by surprise.  Next week it looks as though we're in for a hot spell so here’s some advice for when you’re out Nordic walking:

Precool
Lowering your body temperature in the hour before you Nordic walk in the heat slows the rate at which your core temperature rises once you’re out the door.  So try precooling before you head out.

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Fitness Challenges

Challenges come in many shapes and forms and are unique to each of us.  I know that for some of you just being able to make your weekly Nordic walking class is a challenge, whether for health, work or family reasons (or all three).

For others it’s moving from an easy to a moderate rated class, getting fit for one of our trips abroad, or entering a challenge of your own.

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Walking to health – twenty-one years on

Those of you who’ve been reading my blogs for a while know that I frequently write about the latest research and public policy documents on walking and health.  There have been two biggies this week.  The first is a whole BJSM* issue of editorials, articles and reviews dedicated to the benefits of walking.  The second is the publication of the WHO* Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 – which in large part is

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