Health

Indoor exercises and an outdoor NW coaching podcast

Although we can't physically be with you there's no reason to let your fitness drop with our indoor exercise classes and Vicky's new outdoor Norcdic walking coaching podcast!

Virtual exercise classes 
You’ve given us and our instructors (who are also Personal Trainers) fantastic feedback on their 30 minute Zoom workouts. They’re free to attend as we just want to keep you strong and fit and not lose that hard earned Nordic walking fitness.

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Supporting each other

The Coronavirus pandemic is making it a difficult and stressful time for all of us.  Parameters are changing daily and we are all trying to adjust and adapt, trying to do the right thing.

I thought it might be helpful to touch on two topics in this blog:

- What is the right thing regarding continuing our Nordic walking
- How as a club we can support each other.

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Further update on Coronavirus and Nordic Walking

Things are moving apace with information and advice concerning Covid 19 Coronavirus and we want to reassure you that we are keeping abreast of these developments and updating our club approach accordingly.  

One thing is certain: never has it felt more important to look after our health - and one of the cornerstones of this is fitness.

Continue to enjoy Nordic walking 
The government believes there are two main routes by which COVID-19 can be transmitted:

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Nordic walking and Covid 19 Coronavirus

Covid 19 Coronavirus is a new illness which is causing many a great deal of anxiety.  We recognise that government advice regarding this virus continues to evolve but here’s our current best view on how it affects our club.

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It's time to think about vitamin D again

We know vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.  But the benefits don’t stop there.  There’s been a steady stream of research indicating that the ‘sunshine vitamin’ provides a host of other health benefits including boosting the immune system, preventing a range of cancers, protecting against multiple sclerosis, preventing rheumatoid arthritis, and acting as an anti-depressant.  Wow – that’s quite some list.  So it’s worth making sure that we are getting enough. 

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Tick bites and Lyme disease - what you should know

A couple of weeks ago I found a tick.  Right under my bra strap.  I don’t like to think about how much of my body it must have crawled over to get there. 

I’ve never knowingly been bitten by a tick before but I know they can transmit the very nasty Lyme disease.  It’s a bacterial infection which if treated promptly with antibiotics generally causes no problems.  If left, however, it can be utterly debilitating as the bacteria can attack the central nervous system, brain, heart, joints, and eyes, and can also cause skin rashes.

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Balance and the inner ear

Balance is way more complicated than I’d ever thought: muscles, joints, the inner ear, eyes, brain and skin.  They must all work together through a constant process of position detection, feedback and adjustment in order for us to go about our daily lives without dizziness or falling over.  It’s frankly remarkable that we manage at all – so much is involved in even the simplest of movements!

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Latest news round-up on dementia and heart health

There were a couple health-related stories last week which I thought might interest you.

New WHO global guidelines to curb dementia

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Inflammation

I’ve been reading a fascinating little book recently – The Nordic Guide to Living 10 years Longer*.  Originally in Swedish, happily for me it has been translated and published in the UK.  There’s scant reference to the Nordic way of life (‘Nordic’ is I suspect a marketing gimmick as its title in Sweden was ’10 Tips’) and most of what’s written is now widely known.  Nevertheless there were two aspects that particularly interested me:

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Lifestyle changes not pills protect against dementia

The Times this weekend ran the headline ‘Research now shows that brain supplements don’t prevent dementia’.  Omega 3 fish oil, B vitamins (or any other vitamins), selenium (or any other minerals), ginkgo biloba, green tea, curcumin – none of them currently have any proven clinical benefit in either preventing dementia or reducing its symptoms according to the scientific arbiter Cochrane, endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Society. 

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