Fitness

Challenge walks plus tips on how to age well

Bristol Nordic walkers seem to love distance walking challenges.  The super-long Camino de Santiago trail, Offers Dyke, Cotswold Way, Bath Beat, South Wales Three Peaks, West Highland Way… and so the list goes on.  Sometimes these are solo affairs and a couple have been whole club challenges.  But often you’ve teamed up and organised things yourselves. 

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Leg stretches for your hips, shins and calves

Many of you have been increasing the length of your walks recently leading up to the Bath Beat.  We are also heading into the Spring and Summer, a popular time for walking holidays.  But how much thought have you given to stretching?

Flexibility and stretching are a crucial part of fitness.  Stretching keeps your muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and you need that flexibility to maintain the range of motion in your joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight.  That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.

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Enjoying your walks and progressing your fitness

Above all else, we want you to enjoy your Nordic walking.  An exercise that’s enjoyable is sustainable.  And Nordic walking is one of the best long-term exercises around.

But it’s also very easy to get stuck in a fitness rut. Your body adapts extraordinarily quickly and you constantly need to be throwing new challenges at yourself to progress - or even just to stand still. 

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8 ways to maximise your physical fitness after 40

Physical fitness affects the whole body, including the heart and blood vessels, the immune system, muscles, bones and mental well-being.  It’s not just about being physically active.  There’s a whole raft of other factors – flexibility, joint mobility, and muscle strength to name a few.  Here’s eight ways to maximise your physical fitness, especially after the age of 40, with the odd comment (of course) as to why Nordic walking is such a great form of exercise.

 

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Fitness: the what, why and how

An amazing 75 of our club have signed up for the Bath Beat walking event at the end of April.  We have been busy writing the training programmes for the different distances - 12.5, 17, 21 and 26.5 miles – and will be sending these out next week.  It has brought to mind the meaning of fitness: what it is, why it’s important, and how to achieve it.

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Head up, eyes down!

Put your hand up if you drop your head when you’re deep in thought whilst walking.  Or if you look down at your feet when on uneven ground.  (I’m guessing a fair few hands have gone up.)  What struck me this week is that this same altered body position is for very different reasons.

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Clever exercises while the kettle boils

I was discussing mini health rituals with some of our instructors recently and we came up with a fabulous list of little multi-tasking exercises to boost balance, strength and flexibility.

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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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The Shape Up - Ros's story

‘Hmm’ I thought, ‘this is not good!’.  My clothes were becoming tighter and tighter over the past year. I was starting to feel pretty uncomfortable and I had been ignoring the expansion of my waist. Even though I was a Nordic Walking Instructor I was walking less, doing more admin and not really thinking about what I ate. Plus I loved my food and I dislike diets. They don’t seem to work for many people and it seems like some sort of punishment!

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Britain’s top 100 walks plus the ‘truth’ about how to get fit

There were two interesting TV programmes last week about walking and fitness.  The first was co-presented by Julia Bradbury, the second was by Michael Mosley about health and fitness.

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